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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

5 Prompts on the Reformation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on 5 Prompts on the Reformation

5 Prompts on the Reformation

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To say that the Protestant Reformation had a great effect on the world is a vast understatement. Kings, kingdoms, and even everyday people felt the sting—and the freedom—this new movement brought.

Your students will be writing opinions, stories, and more while exploring some of the issues and topics associated with the Reformation.

If you’d like your students to learn more about Martin Luther in an interesting biography, check out When Lightning Struck by Danika Cooley of Thinking Kids Press.reformation-when-lightning-struck

These prompts are appropriate for students in 5th – 12th grade.

Let’s dig in . . .

 

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Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in HS Exposition, MS Exposition, Sharon's Blog, Writing/Teaching Tips | Comments Off on Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

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Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Have your students ever been asked to write a compare-and-contrast paragraph or essay but don’t know where to begin? Do they have trouble organizing their thoughts and information before comparing and contrasting?

Your 5th – 12th graders will learn two solid methods for compare-and-contrast writing with this free tutorial. It’s packed with two separate exercises, one for each method,  and contains  complete instructions and colorful worksheets. Your students will learn how to organize their thoughts before writing with either method, and then they’ll write two paragraphs using each method.

Students already know how to compare and contrast in real life: They do it every time they want to buy something and are torn between two choices. They go through the process mentally, and it’s likely automatic and subconscious. (more…)

A 100-mile Accomplishment

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in High School Prompts, HS Exposition | Comments Off on A 100-mile Accomplishment

A 100-mile Accomplishment

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Have you ever swum (swum?  That’s a word?) a mile?

How about two or three miles?

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Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad, 64, made the more-than-100-mile trip from Cuba to Florida—by swimming the whole way!

Hallucinating from exhaustion and hypothermia, stung by a jellyfish, her throat closing up from the sea’s salt water, she kept on swimming for 53 hours. This was not her first try.  It was her fifth, and you can watch an inspiring interview with her on npr.org.  [Parents, you may want to check out the 15-minute video.]

But wait, there’s more!

Let There Be Light: The Power of One-Syllable Words

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in High School Prompts | Comments Off on Let There Be Light: The Power of One-Syllable Words

Let There Be Light: The Power of One-Syllable Words

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Do you know how much we owe to William Tyndale?

He knew he could be killed for what he was doing, but he did it anyway.

Tyndale translated the Bible in the 1500s from Latin into the people’s English so they could understand it, and it cost him his life. (more…)

5 Prompts on Current Events

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in High School Prompts, HS Exposition, HS Persuasion, Opinion | Comments Off on 5 Prompts on Current Events

5 Prompts on Current Events

HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

Looking for a way for your teens to think deeply about some of today’s issues?

This week’s prompts will give your teens a chance to look at current events, express their opinions, and practice persuading readers. Each one of these prompts has a link so your teens can read more about the issue.

Warning: You may want to check the sites out before your teens do. Though I am careful which links to include, inappropriate material may appear on the other sites after I’ve posted the links.

Ready? Let’s go . . . (more…)

Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

Fun with Outlines. No, Really.

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Could your students use a little help creating outlines? And what does a bowl of salad have to do with outlines?

My husband tells me he always made his outlines after he’d seen what he had written. I imagine this is fairly common.

But is an outline necessary? Not exactly. You can read about my sticky-note method here.

What is important, though, is organizing the material, and that is where students have trouble. They do not want to take the time to organize their thoughts, ideas, or material before they write.

Personally, I benefit from even a casual outline. That way, I don’t have to start with the introduction and work my way down to the conclusion; I have the pleasure of beginning wherever I like, where I feel the most comfortable. Then I can fill in the rest of my article later by using the organized points in my informal outline.

Whether your students use sticky notes or a more formal outline, they’ll benefit from these fun writing prompts. (more…)