Writing Prompts for Students
Essay Writing Prompt Ideas for High School and College Students
Looking for interesting writing prompt ideas for your Creative Writing or Language Arts class? Below are just a few of the previous teen essay writing prompts used in StageofLife.com's monthly, national student writing contest. These writing prompts are quick tools to...
For each writing prompt, we've included additional resources such as links to a mentor text for the prompt, a summary page about the writing contest that used that prompt, and the national Stage of Life press release surrounding the use of that student essay writing prompt.
Jump-start class discussion (read our "Life Isn't Boring" essay by one of our Stage of Life college interns as an opener to a memoir or life-essay writing exercise)
- Build stronger student essay writers
- Kick-off a new unit or novel that may tackle a theme addressed by one of these writing prompts
- Provide in-class writing exercises, whether you're a Language Arts teacher or a homeschooling parent
Print Teen Writing Prompts (Partial List)
Ask your students to answer these writing prompts in 500 words or less...
Writing Prompt: When have you succeeded or failed at achieving a goal?
Writing Prompt: What was your biggest "Moment of Awesomeness" in your life?
Writing Prompt: What does "Patriotism" mean to you?
Writing Prompt: How do you hope to make your summer an unforgettable one?
Writing Prompt: Share a special memory about your mother, grandmother, or an important woman in your life.
Writing Prompt: What news stories are teenagers most passionate about, and why?
Writing Prompt: When have you applied the phrase "No Fear" in your life?
Writing Prompt: Why can't you turn away from your favorite TV show?
Writing Prompt: Where do we go after Newtown?
Writing Prompt: How will you be the change?
Writing Prompt: What was the most inspirational or important book you've ever read?
Writing Prompt: How have sports positively or negatively shaped traditions in your family?
Writing Prompt: Share a story about what one political issue is most important to you.
Writing Prompt: Share a story of a song that played an important role during a unique time in your life.
Writing Prompt: How has nature inspired you?
Writing Prompt: What do you attribute to the decline of teen pregnancies?
Writing Prompt: What movie has made the biggest difference in your life?
Writing Prompt: Dedicate a poem to someone who matters.
Writing Prompt: What's your definition of love?
Writing Prompt: Who would you nominate as the Person to Watch for the current year?
Writing Prompt: What issue or cause should receive its own "awareness" month?
Writing Prompt: Do you trust our institutions to keep us safe?
Writing Prompt: Think back to a favorite class or educator (teacher/coach/director/principal). How did this person make a positive impact in your life?
Writing Prompt: Write a letter to yourself with the intention that you'll be reading this again at the end of the school year. Think about your goals, where your head is now, and where you hope to be in 10 months.
Writing Prompt: Have you ever been bullied, teased or picked on? If so, about what?
Writing Prompt: What stresses you out, and how do you cope with that stress?
Writing Prompt: What are you most thankful for?
Writing Prompt: What is your relationship with money? How do you spend (or save) and why?
Writing Prompt: Who is your hero?
Writing Prompt: What suggestion(s) do you have to make a positive change at your school or with the educational system as a whole?
Writing Prompt: What form of media impacts your life the most, and why?
Writing Prompt: Is prom a negative or positive high school tradition?
Writing Prompt: What is one thing you don't know about your Mother or Father?
Writing Prompt: What was the most difficult thing you overcame this (or last) school year?
Writing Prompt: What organization, company, non-profit or 'cause' will help make the world a better place?
Writing Prompt: What is the value of marriage?
Writing Prompt: Do we have an obligation to take better care of ourselves by making changes in the way we eat and/or buy and consume food?
Writing Prompt: What is the most difficult thing (for you) about planning for or attending college?
Writing Prompt: What is one behavior you can either change or incorporate into your daily life that will reduce our negative impact on the environment?
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