Write/Right

75 Writing Prompts // Middle & High School

I am a teacher and I love my job. I love it to the point where I wish we could totally change the way that schools are run and the way education is organized so that it sort of never ended. Any worthwhile learning shouldn’t have an ‘end date’. Alas, school does have an end date, and as such, I’m constantly asked questions like, ‘How can I prepare my child for next year?’ Well, aside from fostering their passions, encouraging creativity and imagination, and listening to them, you can encourage them to write and read, the two most valuable things you can do to become a better writer, reader, and thinker.

At the end of the year I provide the students with an empty composition book, a list of seventy-five prompts, and a promise that for every student that takes the time to answer every single one in a page or more, I’ll take the time to respond to each prompt. Is it a small offer? Nope. Is it a worthwhile one? Most definitely.

Writing and reading and learning and improving are lifelong endeavors, not bound by time constraints. Make the time to write, every single day, and if you’d like to share them with someone, send them over to me, I’ll respond. Maybe you don’t want to share them, that is fine as well. Here’s one thing I do know, if you do this, you’ll feel accomplished, you’ll have written a novella (or more) of your opinions, and you’ll likely feel inspired to write more. Worth a shot for just a few minutes a day, right?

1. Now that school is over I am going to…

2. If I could work anywhere right now, I would work…

3. The greatest song ever is ________, because…

4. If I were a cartoon character I would be…

5. In ten years I will…

6. You’d have never guessed it but this past school year, I…

7. If I could be any animal I would be…

8. If I could have dinner with any five people in the world, they would be ______, because…

9. If I could cure any disease, it would be…

10. If I was offered the job of President I would take it/not take it because…

11. If I were a food I would be…

12. If I were a door-to-door salesperson, I would sell…

13. Cool is…

14. The best smell in the world is…

15. If I could have any one talent, it would be…

16. If I could give myself any one nickname, it would be ______, because…

17. High school will be (or was)…

18. The summer is...

19. My family is…

20. Whether it’s for better or worse, there’s no place like home because…

21. My best friend(s) is/are….

22. I will change the world by...

23. The greatest movie ever is _____, because…

24. I’ve never laughed as hard as when…

25. The thing I’m most excited for about high school is...

26. My dream vacation is…

27. I promise myself I will never…

28. The Fourth of July is…

29. My favorite holiday is…

30. I will miss __________ about this past year the most because…

31. When I was little I wanted to be _______ when I grew up because…

32. If I had to be stuck in a store overnight I’d want it to be ______, because…

33. The best gift I ever got was _______, because…

34. The best gift I ever gave was _______, because…

35. This world needs more…

36. This world needs less…

37. If I could have invented any one product it would be ______, because…

38. If I could move anywhere in the country it would be _______, because…

39. The worst TV show ever is…

40. If my life had a motto it’d be…

41. When I daydream I daydream about…

42. The funniest thing I’ve ever done is…

43. The last dream I remember is…

44. In twenty years, America will be…

45. If I could create one law it would be…

46. If wishes and buts were candy and nuts…

47. I would like to convince my parents that…

48. Why didn’t I…

49. If I could only eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would be ______, because…

50. The worst time I’ve ever had was…

51. What color represents you? Why?

52. I think that Facebook/IG/Snapchat/whatever is...

53. Our town should have a _________ Club, because…

54. I believe that animals are…

55. The biggest risk I’ve ever taken is…

56. I’m most creative at/in…

57. Write a poem.

58. Go interview someone about a topic of your choice and transcribe it here.

59. What is your most valued possession and why?

60. What are you optimistic about? What are you pessimistic about?

61. What do you think the world needs now?

62. What makes a good friend?

63. What do you consider to be beautiful?

64. How do you feel on the first day of school?

65. How do you feel about your appearance? Why?

66. The last time I cried was _______, because…

67. When I have a problem I talk to ______, because…

68. I used to think…

69. I am most afraid of ______, because…

70. If I could add words to the dictionary, these would be six of them with their definitions…

71. List twenty rules you’ve broken. If you don't have 20, get breaking and chronicle them here.

72. What dangers would you face if you were a squirrel and how would you overcome them? And what would your name be?

73. Close your eyes, you are in your favorite place ever, describe it...

74. The most important issue in our world today is…

75. I’m going to change the world by…