Writing Prompts For Expository Essays

Essay Writing Prompts:  Zeroing In On Persuasive and Expository Skills



Persuasive Essay Writing Prompts

Prompt 1

Writing Situation

In many households where there are teenagers, there are often arguments over cell phones.

Directions for Writing

Think about the importance of having a cell phone. Now write to persuade your parents to buy you a cell phone or to allow you to keep the cell phone you already have.

Prompt 2

Writing Situation

Your favorite store at the mall is going to close down forever.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about why it is your favorite store. Now write to persuade the store to stay in business.

Prompt 3

Writing Situation

In some schools students wear uniforms.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about what is involved when students are required to wear uniforms to school. Now write to persuade your principal to agree with your view on whether school uniforms should be required.

Prompt 4

Writing Situation

Teen drivers have a lot more fun than most older drivers do. Teens also have a lot more accidents. Now, some states are limiting how and when teenagers can drive to help keep the roads safer.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about teenagers behind the steering wheel. Now write to persuade your state's officials to agree with your view on teenage driving.

Prompt 5

Writing Situation

Many experts believe that fast-food restaurants are contributing to teen's obesity. They point to high-calorie meals that can be quickly ordered and consumed. They say that these restaurants deliberately target teens in their advertising. Many even offer prizes and toys.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about fast-food restaurants and their impact on teens. Now write to persuade those experts to agree with your view on teenage obesity and fast food restaurants.

Expository Essay Writing Prompts

Prompt 1

Writing Situation

Everyone has a favorite holiday.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about which is your favorite holiday and why. Now write to explain which holiday is your favorite.

Prompt 2

Writing Situation

Throughout history many important things have been made or invented.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin to write, think about an invention that has been important to people. Now, write an essay to explain why this one invention has been important.

Prompt 3

Writing Situation

Each year millions of tourists visit the state of Florida.

Directions for Writing

Before you begin writing, think about why Florida is a good place for vacations. Now write to explain the reasons Florida is a popular place for vacations.

Prompt 4

Writing Situation

Look at this quotation: "Good things are not cheap, and cheap things are not good."

Directions for Writing

Before you begin to write, think about the meaning of this quotation. Now write to explain how this quotation may apply to an experience of yours or the experience of someone you know.

Prompt 5

Writing Situation

A pet peeve is a particular source of annoyance or irritation. Every person seems to have one.

Directions for Writing

Think about a pet peeve you have. Now write to explain your pet peeve and why it is a source of annoyance or irritation.





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Expository writing is a kind of writing that’s used to inform. It’s the type of writing students will use most often, both in school and in the working world. This set of expository essay prompts for high school students uses engaging topics to help teens practice their informative writing skills. Invite them to write about high-stress occupations, the mark of a true leader, or the influence of a personal object.

1. Danger!

Firefighters, airline pilots, and newspaper reporters work in some of the highest-stress jobs, whereas logging, ranching, and roofing are among the 10 most dangerous occupations. Athletes, especially those who have chosen careers in in extreme sports, really live on the edge!

Think about an occupation that is considered difficult or demanding. Write an essay explaining why you think this career is one of the most stressful and/or physically challenging, supporting your position with logic and examples.

2. True Leadership

Leadership is the art of serving others by equipping them with training, tools and people as well as your time, energy and emotional intelligence so that they can realize their full potential, both personally and professionally.” – Daphne Mallory, family business expert, The Daphne Mallory Company

Leadership is about three things: To listen, to inspire, and to empower.” – Larry Garfield, president, Garfield Group

A leader is someone who has the clarity to know the right things to do, the confidence to know when she’s wrong and the courage to do the right things even when they’re hard.” – Darcy Eikenberg, founder, RedCapeRevolution.com

Write an essay that describes true leadership. Choose one of the above quotes as your thesis statement, and support each claim or main point with facts, examples, and logic.

3. It’s Personal

Personal objects can be meaningful for any number of reasons. Think about one object in your home that has influenced you in an important way. You can write about something you use or interact with on a regular basis (a journal, a photo, your cell phone, a pair of running shoes) or something you don’t use or handle much at all (a certain book, your dad’s fishing rod, a letter from your grandfather).

Write an essay explaining how this item has affected, inspired, or transformed you.

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