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high school writing promptsWant to inspire your teens to write? Could you use some engaging writing prompts that won’t put your teens to sleep? You’ve come to the right place!

You’ll find prompts for opinions, descriptions, story writing, current events, prompts that are really tutorials in disguise, and much more. Complete instructions are included with each prompt.

Looking for tutorials on essay writing, proofreading, and so on? Interested in writing prompt bundles that span many grades? Click here.

Find prompts for your middle school students here.

Thanks for visiting the High School Prompts page. If you have a writing prompt you would like to submit, please contact Sharon Watson.

 

“You can’t wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.”

— JACK LONDON

Dear Future Me

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Dear Future Me

Dear Future Me

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Life is about making decisions, and you’ve got some large ones in your future.

Big ones include your future education or training: Should you pursue a college or technical degree. If you do, which one? Will you make the best choice? Will you change your mind several times?

What about marriage? Starting a family? Will that be in your future? Will you travel?

I’m sure you’ve heard your parents say, “If I knew then what I know now!” and understood them to mean that they wished they had some of their current wisdom to help them make decisions when they were younger.

What if, instead of looking backwards, we encouraged our future selves? You may not have all the wisdom you’d like to have now to inform yourself twenty years from now, but you know you better than anyone.
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

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All this month we’re celebrating National Poetry Month with famous poems worth knowing. Be sure to check out the many links at the end of this post for more poetry appreciation and practice!

What is today’s poem? Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees.” Here are the first two lines:

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree

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Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts | Comments Off on Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

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We like to think we’re fairly intelligent today, but did you know that the ancient Greeks and Romans harnessed the power of steam and wind 2,000 years ago?

Your students will enjoy these three prompts based on history and technology as they contemplate Hero of Alexandria, an ancient Thomas Edison, and how his inventions might have changed the world.

Random fact: Did you know that Hero invented the first vending machine? Patrons put in a coin and received holy water from his machine!

This week we’ve included plenty of links so your students can dig more deeply into these topics, if they wish.

Geared for middle – high school students.

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Basketball: Is it March? Then there’s Madness!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Basketball: Is it March? Then there’s Madness!

Basketball: Is it March? Then there’s Madness!

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Looking for basketball-related writing prompts? Whether your students are sports enthusiasts or not, you’ve come to the right place!

Have you ever seen tournament brackets like the one in #1? Free printable included!

Fun for students in 5th – 12th grade. Dig in!

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Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

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Do you wish you could communicate better with the special people in your life? Sometimes it’s hard to talk or to come up with something brilliant to say. Other times you may have trouble connecting with family members.

At this time of year, you may be wondering what to give that special family member or friend, but did you know that once in a while, they don’t want a new item. What they really would value is something personal from you.

Use these prompts to jot down your thoughts and ideas and then share them with others. This is your gift to them: you!

Each prompt comes with a free, colorful page you can print out and write on. Collect them all and begin a journal, if you wish. If you plan to give them as gifts, you can give certain pages as presents or gather all the pages into one gift.

These prompts are suitable for people in grades 5 – 12.

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3 Powerful Persuasion Strategies that Advertisers and Politicians Use

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in High School Prompts, Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on 3 Powerful Persuasion Strategies that Advertisers and Politicians Use

3 Powerful Persuasion Strategies that Advertisers and Politicians Use

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Do you ever wonder why some ads and political campaigns are so powerful? There’s a reason for that: They use certain strategies to move their viewers.

It’s important to learn these strategies so you can see when they are being used on you!

In this tutorial, you’ll learn three powerful tactics, read examples, and then write your own ad for a product or a politician.

This tutorial is geared for students in 7th – 12th grade.

Ready? Let’s do this . . .
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