A Great Resource of Writing Prompts to Use with Students in Class

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March 4, 2017
Here is a great resource from Learning Network section in The Times especially helpful for engaging students in creative writing tasks. This is basically a list of  400 prompts for argumentative writing. The list of prompts which is also available in PDF format is meant to inspire students to write on a variety of contemporary issues from sexting to parenting and social media use.

‘ Each question comes from [The Time's] daily Student Opinion feature, and each provides links to free Times resources for finding more information. And for even more in-depth student discussions on pressing issues like immigration, guns, climate change and race...visit [The Time's] fall 2016 Civil Conversation Challenge.’ The writing prompts  are arranged into the following categories:

  • Social Media and Smartphones
  • Technology in Schools and the Future
  • Gender Issues
  • Dating and Sex
  • Sports
  • TV, Movies and Video Games
  • Music, Literature and Art
  • Parenting and Childhood
  • Being a Teenager
  • School
  • School Rules, Discipline and Bullying
  • Grading and Testing
  • Time in School
  • College and Career
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Animals and Science
  • Personal Character and Morality
  • Government and Leadership
  • Guns, Prisons and the Justice System
  • Other Questions.

Alternatively, you can use different web tools and mobile apps to generate you own writing promPTS. Check out this page to learn more.