Creative Expository Writing Prompts for Uninspired Students

Creative Expository Writing Prompts for Uninspired Students

Are your high school (or college) students tired of writing about their favorite foods, pictures, or summer vacations? Are you tired of reading about favorite pets and dreaded chores? Look no further. Here are 22 expository writing prompts (lasting you a month of school days) that'll motivate students who are tired of humdrum subjects.

  1. How do you assess a person’s value?
  2. Picture a post-apocalyptic world with limited resources. To what lengths would you go to ensure your own survival?
  3. Explain what qualities and/or actions are necessary to see something from another’s point of view.
  4. A friend hopes to get a certain part-time job. What’s the job, and what would you advise your friend to do to have the best chances of getting it? Remember to include the basic steps of the application process.
  5. How do you know you love someone else?
  6. How do you know someone else loves you?
  7. Imagine you are famous, powerful, and rich. How would you use your influence to make a better world?
  8. Imagine you could only use a vocabulary of 20 words for the rest of your life. Which words would you choose? How would this new vocabulary communicate all you will need to say?
  9. Consider the most difficult scientific or mathematical concept you have mastered. Now, explain it to a 5th grader.
  10. Describe the best method for resolving fear.
  11. Consider a personality trait in a friend or family member that seems hostile, annoying, or offensive. What could be the advantages or benefits of having that particular personality trait?
  12. As the newly elected President of the United States, write out your executive plan for your first ten days in office.
  13. If you were to become a nomad, what would you carry with you in your single backpack? What value would those things hold for you as a traveler? (Note: It can’t be anything related to money!)
  14. You’ve just been diagnosed with a terminal illness and told you can only expect to live 12 more months. What’s on your “bucket list” for your remaining time on Earth?
  15. Write about how your favorite childhood toy prepared you for your life today.
  16. Do your memories change when you are in different moods?
  17. How does the use of social media improve or destroy relationships?
  18. How has the use of the Internet changed the way we think?
  19. Picture yourself in a crisis situation 10 years from now. What advice would you give your future self?
  20. What’s the connection between education level and quality of life?
  21. How does discrimination affect the victim?
  22. Describe the experience at the most amazing concert or live music event you’ve ever been to.

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