Current Writing Prompts

Jane Goodall, world renowned anthropologist, has released a book about surviving trying times. She acknowledges the hardships that younger generations face at the hands of older generations, but posits that things can be put right. She was previously quoted as saying “I care about the future and the wild places and my grandchildren”.

Her new book is about channeling hope into activism.

Prompt: What do you want to do with your life? Write a short essay describing what you would like to do in the future, who you would like to help and why.

Standard Correlation:

Content Alignment 6-8: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Content Alignment 9-12: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

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Games gave us an opportunity to not just communicate but shape how we approach our experiences. After two years of collective stress, loss and grief, not to mention a still-divisive political climate, I’ve come to think of play as crucial to simply getting through the day.” - Todd Martens Los Angeles Times Game Critic

Games can improve hand-eye coordination, teach social skills, improve critical thinking, and help with stress levels.Some games are calming or humorous, while others can be scary or disturbing.

Write a short essay describing how a game (board, physical, or video) has impacted you.

Standard Correlation:
Content Standard Alignment 9-10: Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

Content Standard Alignment 11-12: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


There have been quite a few articles in the news lately about climate change and the dangers of extreme heat. Using articles you’ve read, including the one above, write an informational text for your loved ones that describes steps they can take to avoid extreme heat. Make sure to include how it applies to them and why.

Standard Correlation:
Writing 6-8: Write Arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


Do you like being scared? Why or why not? Choose to write a narrative about a time when you were brave in the face of something scary, or afraid of something that turned out to be not scary at all. You can write from experience or craft your own story.

Standard Correlation:
Writing 6-12: Write Narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


The article above talks about a new endangered species, the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle. Using research methods, write a paper describing what major factors may have contributed to this sea turtle becoming endangered.

Standard Correlation:
Writing 9-12: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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