Persuasive Writing Prompts:
1. Limiting Homework
Some of the parents at your school have started a campaign to limit the homework that teachers
can assign to students. Teachers at your school have argued that the homework is necessary.
What is your position? Write a paper to convince your teacher of your position.
2. Advances in Technology
All advances in technology come with positive and negative impacts. Some people believe all
technologies are negative; others see the development of technology as the answer to all of our
problems. Write a paper to convince others whether technology is positive or negative.
3. High School Success
What is the single most important thing students need to know to succeed in high school?
Write a paper to convince an incoming student to follow your advice so that he/she may
4. School Bullies
Elementary and secondary schools around the country are beginning to actively address the
problem of bullies. Write a paper to convince others whether schools or parents should
address the problem of bullies.
5. Wealthy Celebrities
Many celebrities – such as actors, musicians, models, or athletes – make a great deal of money.
Do you agree or disagree that celebrities make more money than they deserve? Write a paper
in which you convince the reader that your side of the issue is correct.
6. Live Forever
If someone discovered a formula that would enable us to live forever would that be a blessing
or a curse? Write a paper to convince others of your position.
High School Practice Writing Prompts
Persuasive – Practice – Continued
7. Teen Curfew
A curfew is when some people (such as teenagers) must be off the streets by a certain time at
night. Write a paper to convince your readers of your opinion regarding curfews for
8. Your Town
Someone is thinking of moving to your town. Is your town appealing? Write a paper to
convince them to move to your town or stay away.
9. Physical Education
Many students object to the requirement of taking physical education, saying that it is not
necessary. What do you think? Should P.E. remain a required course at your school? Write a
paper to convince your principal of your point of view.
10. Separate Schools for Boys and Girls
Years ago, in some cities, there were separate public schools for boys and girls, especially at
the high school level. Boys went to one school and girls went to an entirely different school
nearby. Write a paper to convince school officials whether or not boys and girls should go to
1. Community Flood
A home in the community has been destroyed by a recent flood. Explain how you would help
the family recover from the loss.
2. Interesting People
We all remember certain people because they are interesting. Choose one interesting or
unusual person you have known, and explain what makes that person so interesting to you.
3. Community Volunteer
If you were given the opportunity to spend two hours each week working on a community task
of your choice, explain where you would volunteer and why, what you would accomplish, and
how it would benefit your community
4. Foreign Language Learning
In our increasingly global society, many people feel that all students should be required to learn
a foreign language before graduating from high school. Do you agree? Why or why not?
Explain your position using specific reasons and examples.
5. Fun Skill to Learn
Think of a skill you have learned that has made your life more fun, such as participating in
sports or playing a musical instrument. Explain what you do, how you learned it, and why you
think other people could benefit from it, too.
6. Good Leaders
What makes a good leader? Explain what you think leadership is all about and what makes
certain people better leaders that others. Support your definition of a good leader with
examples so the reader clearly understands what you mean.
7. Different Personalities
We all have different personalities, different ways of dealing with life, different points of view.
What are the main elements of your personality? Write an essay explaining your personality to the reader.
8. Weekend Activities
If the power in your town went out for a weekend, write a paper explaining what activities
you would do to keep entertained.
9. Fun Activities
Everyone has something they do to relax and have fun. What is your favorite thing to do to
relax and have fun? Write a paper explaining why this is your preferred way to relax and have fun.
0. Benefits of Computers
Identify how computers improve our daily lives. Write an essay in which you develop your
position with supporting material and examples taken from your reading, experience, or
observations. Explain how computers benefit you in your daily life.
Procrastination means delaying something. Tell a true story about a time when you or someone you know procrastinated.
2. Teaching Someone
Tell a true story about a time when you taught something to someone. Be sure to include
specific details so that the reader can follow your story.
Tell a true story about a time when you were surprised. It could be when you planned
something and it did not turn out the way you thought it would.
4. Unprepared for a Test
Think of a specific test that you took that you felt unprepared for and tell a true story about
what happened. Your paper should help readers understand what it felt like to be unprepared.
5. Suddenly Understood
Think of an experience when you realized that you suddenly understood an idea, a skill, or a
concept you had been struggling with – it might be something related to a class that you took or
a specific skill you were trying to learn. Tell a true story about your moment of
6. A Good Friend
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Tell a true story
about a time when you were a good friend.
7. Learning Experience
People learn from a variety of lessons and experiences. Tell a true story about an experience
from which you learned something important.
8. Asking for Help
Some people are reluctant to ask for help when something is difficult. Tell a true story about
when you had to do something difficult and you had to ask for help.
Tell a true story about a time when you witnessed something unbelievable.
10. First Experience
Everyone feels a certain thrill when doing something for the first time, such as riding in an
airplane or driving a car. Tell a true story about a first experience you had, what it was like,
and what your feelings were.