83 Teen Writing Prompts

by Robyn Wright on January 22, 2012

in Living

teen writing promptsThis evening I was looking through some of our homeschooling materials from our last year of homeschooling (yes I still miss it) and I came across the list of writing prompts that my son used during his junior high years. I thought some of you who homeschool might like this list. I had this list for my son to use for ideas for his daily journal writing if he could not think of something on his own. I’m not sure where this list or compilation of lists came from – it is probably a mix of things knowing me.  There are some great prompts in here that would work well for bloggers too I think.

**UPDATE**
August 20, 2014
I just created a new post with 77 More Writing Prompts. Take a look at that post too!

Teen Writing Prompts

  1. What is something you dislike about yourself?
  2. What is something you do well?
  3. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
  4. What is a good neighbor?
  5. What is your favorite time of day?
  6. What is something you are optimistic about?
  7. What is something you are pessimistic about?
  8. What is your most indispensable possession and why?
  9. What is your favorite song and why?
  10. What is the best birthday present you ever received?
  11. What is the best birthday present you could receive?
  12. What is something that makes you feel sad?
  13. What is your favorite book and why?
  14. What is something that really bugs you?
  15. What is something that really makes you angry?
  16. What is the best advice you ever received?
  17. What is your favorite holiday? What makes this holiday special?
  18. What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  19. What is your favorite month? Why?
  20. What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
  21. What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
  22. What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in?
  23. What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
  24. What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
  25. What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
  26. What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  27. What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
  28. What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?
  29. What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
  30. What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?
  31. What would you do if you did very poorly of a test?
  32. What would you do if a friend borrows things from you but never returns them?
  33. What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?
  34. What would you do if someone got in front of you when you were in line at the movies?
  35. What would you do if someone said you did something wrong and you didn’t?
  36. If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?
  37. If you were five years older you would…
  38. If you were lost in the woods and it got dark, what would you do?
  39. If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from stealing from you?
  40. If you could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for?
  41. If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose?
  42. If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?
  43. What do you think about ghosts?
  44. What do you think of someone who has bad manners?
  45. What do you think about people who take advantage of others?
  46. What do you think about when you can’t fall asleep?
  47. What do you think courage means?
  48. What do you think makes a good friend?
  49. What do you think makes a happy family?
  50. What pollutants do you think do the most damage and why?
  51. What things do you think are beautiful?
  52. What do you like most about yourself?
  53. What kind of trophy would you like to win?
  54. What does “The early bird gets the worm” mean to you?
  55. What do we mean when we say, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”?
  56. What do we mean when we say, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”?
  57. What does “There are two sides to every coin” mean to you?
  58. What are junk foods?
  59. What are some nutritious foods that you like?
  60. What is more important to you, appearance or personality?
  61. What is something that makes you melancholy?
  62. What makes you laugh?
  63. What would you invent to make life better?
  64. What would you do to entertain your family without spending any money?
  65. What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young people?
  66. What has been the most fun activity at school so far this year?
  67. What quality do you like about yourself–creativity, personality, appearance–why?
  68. What eccentric behavior in a friend disturbs you the most?
  69. What parts of nature do you like best?
  70. How do you feel when your parents are upset with you?
  71. How would you change the world to make it better?
  72. Explain how to play your favorite game.
  73. Which place would you most like to visit–Africa, China, Alaska–why?
  74. Which is least important to you–money, power, fame–and why?
  75. Where would you prefer to be right now–mountains, desert, beach–and why?
  76. Why is it important to be honest?
  77. Why is important to have good manners?
  78. Why should or shouldn’t a man stay home to care for the house and children while his wife goes to work?
  79. Why do you think tact is an important quality?
  80. Why is it not wise to squander your money?
  81. Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?
  82. Should there be a dress code in places such as school, restaurants, and places of business?
  83. Should animals be used for medical research?

Happy writing!

Robyn    

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  • Eryn

    Thanks for sharing this Robyn!

  • Ravzie

    Hey now, nobody likes an essay question!!!  Unless you wanted to do it for yourself, I suppose.  That’s quite a list.  I find myself mentally answering some of them.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      My son actually enjoys creative writing J

      • Ravzie

        Well, that’s great!  Maybe he will be a famous author someday.  Does he show any promise?  I know sometimes special people have special talents.

        Which question would you pick to answer if it was your assignment???  I’d do an essay on the money, power, fame one.

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    Great list!! Some of these are definitely teen oriented, but I think I can use a few of them with my daughter. Thanks! 

  • jkebeans

    Writing is a good way to get your feelings and frustrations out.  I used to journal and was amazed by some of the things I used to write. I probably should do it again I know it helps you to understand yourself and to work out life.

  • JeannetteNL1966

    Wow that is certainly a lengthy list. I don’t homeschool but I think this list would be great practice for critical thinking skills and writing. Anything that can make children think is a great learning opportunity. Thanks for such a useful list!
    jglaframboise at eastlink dot ca 

  • deadchristmastrees

    wow what a list!  I printed it out to use for my own journal!  They’re not just for teens either. “why isnt it wise to squander your money?”  I know a ton of adults that should write a bit on that!  Some of those questions look really fun and I wish my teachers had used them.

  • http://twitter.com/theladya Angie Bailey

    These seem like fun questions just to talk with your kids about for fun, such at dinner time. abailey_crace at yahoo dot com

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      Agreed – great conversation starters.

  • nik

    It would be fun to answer them in a journal, then answer them again five years later and compare the two. Thanks for the list…very thought-provoking.

  • Shannon S

    these are great…I have forwarded to my sister…she has a teenager…thankfully mine are still to young

  • terry petero

    you know im really thinking about home schooling and just doing the activitys for the kids, i put conner in summer school kindergarten last year, and a class of 10 and 2 teachers , the teacher called me in and said conner wasnt ready for kindergarten, i ask why , she showed me his journal , i said conner write your name he did, i said for him to say his abc’s he did, he new all his shapes, and colors and she said well why doesnt he do that for me, i said well have you noticed he has adhd tendency (its hereditary and all of my older ones have it) conner has trouble focusing unless your right on him she said yes she had noticed but the teachers were not allowed to do anything anymore so that ment my son was just going to be left behind because he couldnt focus. i was not happy, and i have bought school books and we have been working all summer.

  • kristinwilkinson

    These are great writing prompts for anyone, really. I desperately wish I could get my teens to write. I loved loved LOVED writing from a very young age…and somehow, none of my four kids inherited that passion. It’s so disappointing. :(

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