181 Prompts to Inspire Writing and Discussion

Every day of the varsity 12 months, we publish a contemporary Student Opinion query. Below are all of the 181 questions we requested in the course of the 2018-19 faculty 12 months, divided into two classes — people who simply lend themselves to classroom debate and persuasive writing, and people which can be extra appropriate for inventive, private or reflective writing.

Each query relies on content material from The New York Times, and all are nonetheless open to remark by college students 13 and older. Each linked Times article can be accessible with no digital subscription.

Teachers inform us they use these questions to assist college students observe writing persuasively; as inspiration for classes; as jumping-off factors for sophistication discussions and debates; or simply to encourage scholar engagement with present occasions and with different younger folks from around the globe.

For much more concepts on the right way to use this characteristic in your classroom, try our free, on-demand webinar that explores the right way to use our hundreds of writing prompts for on a regular basis low-stakes writing observe throughout the curriculum.

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Questions for Debate and Persuasive Writing

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1. Does Your Generation Experience More Anxiety Than Other Generations?
2. Are Youth Sports Too Competitive?
three. What Is Your Reaction to the College Admissions Cheating Scandal?
four. Do We Need More Female Superheroes?
5. Are Straight A’s Always a Good Thing?
6. Is Listening to a Book Just as Good as Reading It?
7. Should Parents Track Their Teenager’s Location?
eight. How Important Is Knowing a Foreign Language?
9. Does Online Public Shaming Prevent Us From Being Able to Grow and Change?
10. Should Facial Recognition Technology Be Banned?
11. Should Celebrities Weigh In on Politics?
12. Should School Murals That Depict an Ugly History Be Removed?
13. Should We Treat Robots Like People?
14. Does Grammar Still Matter within the Age of Twitter?
15. Do We Need a Better Way to Teach Math?
16. How Important Is Correct Spelling?
17. Should Schools Be Allowed to Censor Student Newspapers?
18. Are Digital Memories Ruining Our Real Ones?
19. Is It Selfish to Pursue Risky Sports Like Extreme Mountain Climbing?
20. Should Congress Try to Impeach President Trump?
21. What Do You Think Are the Beliefs and Values That Define American Culture?
22. How Should Senior Year in High School Be Spent?
23. Is Horse Racing Ethical?
24. What Is Hard About Being a Boy?
25. Should the U.S. Get Rid of the Electoral College?
26. Should the U.S. Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Weapons?
27. Should We Abolish the Death Penalty?
28. What Are Your Thoughts on ‘Snowplow Parents’?
29. How Should Parents Talk to Their Children About Drugs?
30. What One Song Best Encapsulates This Era?
31. Should All Children Be Vaccinated?
32. Should the United States Abolish Daylight Saving Time?
33. Should Kids Be Social Media Influencers?
34. Do Kids Need Recess?
35. Should College Athletes Be Paid?
36. What Is Your Reaction to Obama’s Speech Giving Advice to Young Men of Color?
37. What Are the Most Important Things Students Should Learn in School?
38. Is $1 Billion Too Much Money for Any One Person to Have?
39. Do You Think the American Dream Is Real?
40. Should Schools Teach Mindfulness?
41. What Is Your Reaction to the Racist Photo on the Virginia Governor’s Yearbook Page?
42. What Are Your Thoughts on ‘Hustle Culture’?
43. What Is Your Response to the Incident on the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18?
44. What Is Your Take on Gillette’s Ad Critiquing Toxic Masculinity?
45. Should Everyone Go to College?
46. What Are Your Thoughts on the R. Kelly Documentary and Allegations?
47. Does the President’s Goal to Build a Border Wall Merit a Government Shutdown?
48. Should Radio Stations Stop Playing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’?
49. Would You Rather Live-Stream an Event or Attend in Person?
50. Is It Ethical to Create Genetically Edited Humans?
51. Should Reporters Ever Help the People They Are Covering?
52. Should Art Come With Trigger Warnings?
53. Have You Noticed a New Attitude About Pimples?
54. Would You Let a Homeless Person Live in Your Backyard?
55. What Are Your Reactions to the Results of the 2018 Midterm Elections?
56. What’s the Best Way to Discipline Children?
57.What Is Your Reaction to These Teachers’ Halloween Costumes Depicting Mexican Stereotypes and a Border Wall?
58. Is Fear of ‘The Other’ Poisoning Public Life?
59. Should Tech Giants Like Google Be within the Business of Teaching Children How to Be Good Digital Citizens?
60. Has Animal Grooming Gone Too Far?
61. Should Marijuana Be Legal?
62. Do Parents Ever Cross a Line by Helping Too Much With Schoolwork?
63. Should Columbus Day Be Replaced With Indigenous Peoples Day?
64. Should Ex-Felons Have the Right to Vote?
65. What Are Your Thoughts About the Kavanaugh Senate Hearing?
66. Is It O.Okay. to Be a Football Fan in 2018?
67. What Is Your Reaction to the Sexual Assault Allegations Against Judge Kavanaugh?
68. Are Awards Shows Worth Watching Anymore?
69. What Do You Think About Vegetarianism?
70. Why Is Freedom of Speech an Important Right? When, if Ever, Can It Be Limited?
71. Are Museums Still Important within the Digital Age?
72. What Do Older Generations Misunderstand About Teenagers Today?

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Questions for Creative, Personal or Reflective Writing

CreditPing Zhu

73. Do You Like School?
74. How Do You Deal With Boredom?
75. How Do You Define ‘Family’?
76. Would You Want to Learn With a Personalized, Online Learning Program Instead of a Teacher?
77. How Do You Apologize?
78. Would You Want to Live a Life Without Ever Feeling Pain?
79. Could You Go a Year Without a Smartphone?
80. What Rites of Passage Mark the Transition to Adulthood in Your Community?
81. Do You Give Yourself Enough Credit for Your Own Successes?
82. Do You Wear Clothes for the Logo?
83. Would You Want to Live Forever?
84. Are You a Patient Person?
85. How Well Do Rewards and Incentives Work to Motivate You?
86. What Are Your Passions?
87. Who Are the ‘Characters’ That Make Your Town Interesting?
88. Are There Activities You Used to Love That Are Now So Competitive They’re Not Fun Anymore?
89. How Much Do You Trust Online Reviews?
90. What Do You Plan to Catch Up On This Summer?
91. How Do You Feel About Your Body?
92. How Much Do You Speak Up in School?
93. Do You Hold Grudges?
94. What’s Your Favorite Word?
95. Do You Like Your First Name? Would You Change It if You Could?
96. Which Television Shows Are You Sad to See Come to an End?
97. What Letter of Inspiration Would You Write to Your Younger Self?
98. Where Would You Visit To Find Out More About Your Family’s Past?
99. How Do Your Parents Share the Responsibilities of Parenting?
100. What Legends and Myths Do You Believe In?
101. Do You Intend to Study Abroad While You Are in College?
102. What Interests You Most in The Times Right Now? Why?
103. Would You Change Your Eating Habits to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?
104. What Is Your Favorite Musical Instrument?
105. How Would It Feel if Your Little-Known Pastime or Interest Suddenly Became Popular?
106. What Role Does Nature Play in Your Life?
107. What Is Your Most Memorable Family Vacation?
108. Do You Hate When Adults Ask You What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
109. How Good Are You at Judging Your Own Talents?
110. Do You Push Your Parents’ Buttons?
111. What Has Your Sex Education Been Like?
112. After Home and School, Where Do You Find the Strongest Feeling of Community?
113. Would You Want to Be Proposed to on a Jumbotron?
114. Have You Ever Felt Like an Outsider?
115. What Show Do You Wish Your School Would Stage?
116. Are You a Procrastinator?
117. Are Your Parents Addicted to Their Phones?
118. Do You Have Satisfying Friendships?
119. What Legacy Do You Want to Leave Behind?
120. Do You Participate in March Madness?
121. Have You Ever Been Left Out?
122. What Foods Best Represent Your Hometown?
123. Do You Love to Dance?
124. Is Your School a Safe Learning Space?
125. What Is the Most Memorable Thing You Have Ever Lost or Found?
126. How Do You Like Your Pizza?
127. Could You Live ‘Plastic Free’?
128. How Much of a Romantic Are You?
129. If You Get Married Someday, Do You Think You Will Change Your Last Name?
130. How Would YOU Describe the State of Our Union?
131. Do You Worry About Your Digital Privacy?
132. How Much Do You Know About Your Family’s History?
133. Do You Listen to Podcasts?
134. Will You Be Watching the Super Bowl This Year?
135. Have You Ever Been Ghosted?
136. How Resilient Are You?
137. Do You Look Forward to Old Age?
138. Do You Find It Hard to Say ‘I Love You’?
139. What Messages About Gender Have You Gotten From Music?
140. Where Do You Want to Travel?
141. Would You Pursue a Career If You Knew You Likely Would Not Make Much Money?
142. How Do You Get What You Want From Your Parents?
143. What Are Your Predictions for 2019?
144. Have You Set Any New Year’s Resolutions?
145. What Is Something New You Learned This Year?
146. What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?
147. Who Are the Ordinary Heroes of 2018?
148. Are You an Ethical Consumer?
149. What Were the Best and Worst Things About 2018 for You?
150. Do the Adults in Your Life Follow You on Social Media?
151. What Are Your Favorite Songs and Albums of 2018?
152. What Have You Learned About Life From Watching Movies?
153. Have You Ever Learned Something From a Professional Athlete?
154. Do You Leave Funny Comments Online?
155. Did You Take Part in Any Thanksgiving or Post-Holiday Traditions?
156. What Scientific Mysteries Do You Want Solved?
157. What Will You Talk About on Thanksgiving?
158. Do You Wish You Had the Go-to House?
159. Do You Feel Constricted by Gender Norms?
160. Who Is Your Favorite Visual Artist? What Is Your Favorite Work of Art?
161. If You Had an Extra Billion Dollars, What Cause Would You Support With Your Philanthropy?
162. What Classic Video Games Do You Still Enjoy Playing?
163. How Do You Feel About the Spiders, Insects and Other Tiny Creatures in Your Home?
164. Are You Watching the World Series?
165. Do You Wish You Had a Different Morning Routine?
166. Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Attending College?
167. How Often Do You Start Conversations about Faith or Spirituality?
168. How Much Scare Can You Handle in Your Halloween Entertainment?
169. Do You Ever Feel Lonely?
170. How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?
171. Has a Novel Ever Helped You Understand Yourself or Your World Better?
172. Have You Ever Gone to a Place for the Primary Purpose of Taking Selfies?
173. What Role Does Instagram Play in Your Life?
174. Do You Want Your Parents to Live Nearby When You Go to College?
175. Do You Consider Your Siblings Friends?
176. Where and Why Do People Come Together in Your Community?
177. Do Your Parents Yell at You?
178. What Would You Name Your Band?
179. Does Your Teacher’s Identity Affect Your Learning?
180. What Book Would You Add to the High School Curriculum?
181. What Advice Do You Have for Younger Students?

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