Follow the Money - This writing prompt is pretty deep. If we focus on the quality of our food supply, wouldn't we be healthier? Conduct some brief research, if necessary, to better understand the topic. Then take a position, developing the topic with relevant, well‐chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. Write several paragraphs which completely answer the prompt.
The Human Race? - Look at both extreme measures of it. What are the best and worst qualities of the human race?
Time Travel - If you jumped back to the 1700s, what skills or knowledge would you bring? What knowledge would you want to take back with you to help make your life better?
A Second Chance at Life - A few hundred years is a bit of stretch, I think. If you were to awake several hundred years from now as the first successful cryogenic patient ever, to find that what killed you has been cured, and you are once again healthy, what would be your first thoughts? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of living out your life in this future time period?
Human Progress? - How are we doing as a species? Do you think people are getting better (smarter, kinder, gentler, stronger, healthier, etc.) or worse than they were three, four or five hundred years ago, or do you think that human nature has stayed pretty much the same? How?
The Parent Trap - Are there advantages to being an older parent? Are there disadvantages? What are they?
To Be or Not to Be (a Law) - Imagine a society in which there are no laws. What one thing would you like to do that you are not able to do now?
America's Greatest Moment - What do you think is the most significant moment in American history?
My Favorite... - What is the best type of music, or genre of book or movie? Why? Students love writing prompts that asks them about their favorite things.
If the Shoes Fit... - There is an old saying, "You can't really understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes." Do you think that this is true?
What's Wrong with Politics? - How would you reform our political system? Do you think politicians should have term limits?
Conspiracy! - A conspiracy theory is a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.
A Window to the Past - Choose someone from American history (living or dead) and imagine you are able to talk to them for half an hour.
Trucks are for Boys, Tinkerbell is for Girls. . . Says Who? - Do you feel that too many things are targeted specifically to boys or to girls?
The Department of Parenting - What do you think makes a good parent? Do you think that there should be some kind of licensing or screening program in order to have children?