As students get older they have the capability for higher level thinking and analyzing. For this reason the writing prompts given in high school can be more in depth and require more thought than those in the younger grades.
Writing Prompts for High School
- What trip would you take if you suddenly had the chance? Would it be by land, air or sea? Would you take anyone with you? Write about the trip.
- Write a bucket list for yourself. Do one for the next 5 years, 10 years, or lifetime.
- If you could go back and re-do one event in your life would you? What event would you re-do. Tell about the event as well as why you would change it and what you would like to change.
- Preconceived notions are often false. Describe a time when you discovered that a preconceived notion of yours (about a person, place, or thing) turned out to be wrong.
- (In our house we are driven by music. Each of us with certain loves for certain moods and times. For instance we listen to harmonized duets in the care and we each sing a certain part.) Make a soundtrack for your life. Choose songs that describe different times of your life either based on circumstances or feelings, etc.
- What 3 books do you think every teen should read and why?
- What one teacher has truly changed the way you see something? Write about that teacher including what they made you see differently. Why were they able to do that? What or how made you make the switch? (I had a teacher in high school that totally lit a fire under me for historical fiction in just one book suggestion.)
- Write a letter to yourself as if you are out of high school and writing to tell yourself some important truth about yourself or the world around you at that time. (Think Brad Paisley and his song Letter to Me.)