Good writing is an important skill that high school students will need in college and in the work world, and the only way for them to improve is to keep writing.
Good writing prompts offer a great way to get high schoolers writing, and interesting prompts can stimulate their mind and get them excited about sharing their thoughts and ideas on paper.
Before you select a descriptive essay topic, see if you can show and not tell your readers about the characteristics, actions, and emotions in that essay.
Prompt #1: Share your story.
Answer this prompt by reflecting on a hobby, facet of your personality, or experience that is genuinely meaningful and unique to you.
Prompt #2:Describe a person you envied.
Envy or jealousy is a powerful emotion. When you focus on a person you were jealous of, there are reasons and characteristics for why you felt that way.
Questions to develop this essay topic: What traits or characteristics did this person have? How did that person look? How did this person act? What made you envy him/her?
Prompt #3: In some schools students wear uniforms.
Before you begin writing, think about what is involved when students are required to wear uniforms to school. Now write to persuade your principal to agree with your view on whether school uniforms should be required.
Prompt #4: Learning from obstacles.
You’re trying to show colleges your best self, so it might seem counterintuitive to willingly acknowledge a time you struggled. But overcoming challenges demonstrates courage, grit, and perseverance! That’s why the last piece of this prompt is essential.
Prompt #5: Describe an inspiring friend or family member.
We remember people who inspire us. And people love to read about inspiring individuals. If you describe an inspiring person, think about the impact that a person made on you.
Questions to develop this essay topic: What did this person do that was inspiring? How did that person act toward others?
Prompt #6: Everyone has a favorite holiday.
Before you begin writing, think about which is your favorite holiday and why. Now write to explain which holiday is your favorite.
Prompt #7: Personal growth.
Describe the event or accomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed.
Prompt #8: What captivates you?
This prompt is an invitation to write about something you care about.
Prompt #9:Describe a place you loved as a child.
People love to know things about another person’s childhood. A great way to show who you are is to describe a place that was important to you. If you select this writing topic, make sure you remember this place well.
Prompt #10:Describe a beautiful location in nature.
You could describe a mountain, body of water, campground, desert, etc. Or any other place that is outdoors and part of nature.
Prompt #11:”Good things are not cheap, and cheap things are not good.”
Before you begin to write, think about the meaning of this quotation. Now write to explain how this quotation may apply to an experience of yours or the experience of someone you know.
Prompt #12:What is a book you love?
Your answer should not be a book report. Don’t just summarize the plot; detail why you enjoyed this particular text and what it meant to you. What does your favorite book reveal about you? How do you identify with it, and how has it become personal to you?
Prompt #13:Describe a lucky object.
It can be any lucky object, a good luck charm, an heirloom object, etc. Select something you believe brings you good luck.
Prompt #14:Describe an object used in your favorite sport or hobby.
If you have a favorite sport or hobby, describe an object that is relevant to that sport. For example, if you play tennis, describe a tennis racket. Or, if you collect coins, describe a unique coin from your collection.
Examples of Good Writing Prompts for High School Students:
Write about a female role model in your life. Why does she inspire you?
Write a letter telling someone how they have inspired you and changed your life.
If I ever have children of my own, I will never…
You have heard the phrase, “Be the change.” How will you “be the change?”
What makes you feel stressed? How do you cope with that stress?
Write an essay explaining why forgiveness is so important.
Think about a big event in your own life that made you learn an important lesson. Write about that event and the lesson you learned from it.
What kind of music do you like the most? Who are your favorite singers or what bands do you enjoy? Explain why.