Writing Prompts

Personal Narrative Prompts

  • Think about the best day of your life. What made it so great?
  • Who is the oldest person you know?
  • Describe a friend situation that changed over only one day.
  • Write about how it feels when you’re alone.
  • Describe your favorite vacation.
  • Has a book, movie, or album ever changed your life?
  • Think about your future self. Write about a day in your life, one year from today.
  • Tell a family story from your perspective.
  • Describe a memory you have of extreme weather.
  • Think about a time you had to work hard to learn something.


Reflective Writing Prompts

  • Write down a list of your favorite things about yourself.
  • List your sports or extracurricular activities. What have you learned from each?
  • Think of three things you have learned in school this year.
  • What is your favorite physical activity? What do you enjoy about it?



Research Prompts

  • How long can fish live out of water?
  • What endangered animals are close to extinction?
  • Research your dream career. What do you need to do to achieve it?
  • What is the history of your favorite sport?
  • Research an important invention in the last 50 years.
  • When and why was your country founded?
  • What does smoking do to your lungs?
  • What are civil rights? Who has fought for them?
  • Why do sharks hunt other fish?


Argumentative Essay Prompts

  • Should kids have homework?
  • Is your city a good place to live?
  • Is it important to learn math?
  • Should school start later?
  • What’s the best way to eat an ice cream cone?
  • Should skateboarding be allowed in private parking lots?
  • Is Monday through Friday the best school schedule?
  • Does pizza make a good breakfast?
  • Are hamsters fun pets?
  • Should students be allowed to go anywhere they want on the Internet?



Persuasive Prompts
(Answer yes or no, then explain why or why not.)

  • What’s the best show on television?
  • Should school start later?
  • Who should be the next president of the United States?
  • Is composting a good idea for your school?
  • Why would you make a great school principal?
  • What’s the best season?
  • Who is the best character in a book you’ve read?
  • Is college important?
  • What’s the best job to have?
  • Who is the greatest football/basketball/baseball/soccer player of all time?


Poetry Prompts

  • Write a haiku about how you feel today.
  • Create a shape poem about your favorite sport or activity.
  • Write a rap song about your favorite food.



Expository Prompts

  • Pretend a friend hasn’t seen your favorite TV show. What is it about?
  • What was the cause of a recent argument you had? What was the effect?
  • Compare and contrast two of your favorite sports or activities.
  • Discuss a conflict in a movie you like. How was it resolved?

**Every prompt listed above is from https://education.yourdictionary.com/**



Bonus Writing Prompts

  • What do you do for fun that uses your imagination?
  • Why do you think a spoon is curved instead of shaped like a box?
  • Name five places you want to explore and why.
  • If you were making an obstacle course for your friends, what would it be like?
  • What would it be like if your school were in an amusement park?
  • If you could start a business tomorrow, what would it be?
  • How do you think insects find their way around in tall grass?
  • What things around you right now are special or important to you?
  • What five qualities should a best friend have?
  • Name 3 things a great vacation spot should have.
  • What would make a great suitcase for a mouse?
  • What can an octopus do that you can do, too?
  • If Thanksgiving were in July, would your family eat different foods? If yes, which ones?
  • If you were on a game show, would you rather compete by yourself or as part of a team? Why?
  • If you made lunch for your family, what would you serve?
  • Which fruits would be easiest to juggle? Which would be the hardest?
  • What would be your superhero name be? Tell me about your powers or super skills?


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