97 High School Writing Prompts: Fun & Creative

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The high school writing prompts here are aimed to help children tap into their imagination and encourage creative thinking.

Funny high school writing prompts

  1. Write a diary entry as if you’re a middle school student who accidentally becomes the President of the United States for a day.
  2. Imagine your English teacher is a famous historical figure. How would they teach your class?
  3. Describe your first day of high school, but with a twist: your best friend is a mythical creature.
  4. Write about a time machine malfunction that sends you back to elementary school on picture day.
  5. Create a story where a typical school lunch meal gives students a special power for the day.
  6. Write a narrative essay where the main character finds their favorite book character has come to life.
  7. Imagine a TV show about high school students who can travel to any historical event for their history assignments.
  8. What would happen if a wild animal suddenly became a new student in your class?
  9. Write a humorous piece about a school year where every day is a brand new, never-before-celebrated holiday.
  10. Create a story where the school’s cafeteria food is so good it becomes famous, drawing celebrities and television shows to your school.
  11. Describe a day in the life of a student who realizes they can hear everyone’s favorite songs as background music.
  12. Write an acrostic poem using the phrase “BEST FRIEND” that turns into a funny story about friendship.
  13. Invent a funny narrative about a student who tries to complete their bucket list during the school year.
  14. Imagine your school is on a new planet. Describe a typical day, including the challenges of alien classmates and zero-gravity sports.
  15. Write a personal narrative about trying to impress a good friend by cooking their favorite food, with disastrous results.
  16. Create a fictional TV show plot where middle school students are secret agents by night, balancing homework and saving the world.
  17. Describe what would happen if your school was stranded on a desert island during a field trip.
  18. Write a story about finding a journal with writing prompts that predict the future.
  19. Imagine interviewing a famous person for your school newspaper, but they can only answer with inspirational quotes.
  20. Create a fictional character who has spent most of their time in a dream house and is now experiencing a normal school day for the first time.

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Creative high school writing prompts

  1. New Holiday Celebration: Create a story about the first celebration of a brand-new holiday that promotes social emotional wellness.
  2. Time Capsule Letter: Write a letter to your future self, discussing the most important thing you’ve learned in high school, to be opened in 10 years.
  3. Overcoming Challenges: Describe a difficult situation in a television show and how the main character overcomes it, using this as a metaphor for personal growth.
  4. First Day at a New School: Write a piece about your first day at a school in a completely new place, focusing on the emotions and social dynamics.
  5. Advice Column: Write an advice column for younger students (like 7th graders), offering words of wisdom on navigating grade school.
  6. Fictional Family Drama: Create a story about a family member experiencing a life-changing event on the first day of school, exploring different points of view.
  7. Song-Inspired Narrative: Use your favorite song as a starting point for a story. How do the lyrics relate to the life of a young adult?
  8. Diary of a Middle Schooler: Write a journal entry from the perspective of a middle schooler on the first day of school, reflecting on past experiences and future aspirations.
  9. Best Piece of Advice: Recall the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and turn it into a narrative essay, illustrating its impact on your life.
  10. Alternate World: Write a story set in a world where the most valued life skill is the ability to solve word problems. How does this change society and education?

Journal prompts for high school mental health:

  1. Write about the things you love most about high school.
  2. Write about your closest friends in high school
  3. What subjects did you enjoy the most?
  4. Which teacher inspired you?
  5. What was the best memory of high school?
  6. If you can change one thing about high school what would it be?
  7. Describe a time you struggled in school? Who helped you overcome that struggle?
  8. What are some of the things you hate most about high school?
  9. Write a short story about your classroom.
  10. Write about some of the mischievous things you did in high school?
  11. What do you enjoy most about graduation?
  12. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  13. Write about a time where you stood up for someone in school?
  14. Did your friends experience bullying? Did you help them?
  15. What is the most difficult part about growing up with smartphones?
  16. Write about your most important values in life.
  17. What is the one thing high school taught you?
  18. Write a letter to your future self.
  19. What is your biggest accomplishment in high school?
  20. What is your proudest moment in high school?
  21. Write about the best party you have ever attended.
  22. What are the things in common you have with your friends?
  23. What do you love most about graduation ceremonies?

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Creative writing topics for grade 12

  1. Would you prefer online learning or going to school?
  2. Do you think your teachers and parents expect too much from you?
  3. What is the ideal number of school holidays in a year?
  4. Do you think the education system is not keeping with changes in the world?
  5. Which subject do you think is irrelevant in today’s world?
  6. If you become the education minister and have to redo the education system, how would you do it?
  7. Why do you think maths is an important subject despite having calculators?
  8. Write about your favorite field trip.
  9. Do you think your school is updated with technological changes?
  10. Write about what it means to be a good digital citizen.
  11. Write about what you like best about online learning.
  12. Do you think you are able to keep yourself safe on the internet and not be scammed?
  13. Is your school equipping students with the digital skills that they need?
  14. Is your school addressing cyberbullying appropriately?
  15. What form of punishment should be introduced in school?
  16. Do you think it is important to go to college?
  17. Do employers care about college ranking?
  18. If you can take a gap year in college, where would you go?What would you do there?
  19. What is your ideal dream job?
  20. What is the worst thing about social media?
  21. Open one of your social media apps and write about the first thing that comes on your feed.
  22. If you could reinvent Google, how would it look like?
  23. Is social media keeping people disconnected or connected?
  24. Does social media ever make you feel bad?
  25. Have you used social media to learn a new skill?
  26. Have you ever created a viral video?
  27. Write about a video you watched on YouTube that inspired you.
  28. How real are you on social media?
  29. Do you want to be an online influencer?
  30. What will your ideal Instagram feed look like?
  31. Do you think 13 is appropriate to be on social media? What age should be allowed on social media?
  32. Have you ever deleted a photo just because no one liked it?
  33. Write about the concerns people should have about privacy and data?
  34. Do you think social media is really free?
  35. If you can create an online educational series, what would you teach?
  36. Do you ever worry you are spending too much time on social media that you are missing out in real life?
  37. Is it ok to say anything that is on your mind on social media?
  38. How would you feel if you are suddenly banned from using social media
  39. Do you feel smartphones are controlling you?
  40. What is the one thing you dislike the most about smartphones?
  41. Write about a world without smartphones.
  42. Do you feel addicted to your phone?
  43. What is an appropriate age to give a child a smartphone?
  44. Do you think your parents spend too much time on their own smartphone?
  45. Why do you think emojis are a better form of expression than words?
  46. Do you think smartphones are a waste of time?
  47. Write about the apps you think you should delete from your phone.
  48. What is your biggest fear about internet scam?
  49. What do you think is the scariest thing about the internet?
  50. Write about your most admired tech entrepreneur.
  51. Do you feel that the internet needs better policing?
  52. Have you ever chated to as a stranger online? What scared you the most about chatting to strangers online?
  53. Write about the importance of protecting your personal information online.

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Fiction writing prompts for high school

  1. Mystery of the Lost Journal: A student discovers an old journal in the school library, filled with cryptic messages and clues leading to a forgotten secret of the school.
  2. Time Traveler in the Hallway: One of the students at your school is a time traveler, trying to prevent a catastrophic event in the future. How does their presence change everyday school life?
  3. The Parallel Classroom: A student stumbles upon a parallel world where everything in their life is the opposite. What lessons do they learn about their own world?
  4. The Superpower Election: In a world where everyone develops a superpower during high school, students must run for a position in a special council. What powers emerge, and how do they impact the election?
  5. Alien Exchange Student: An alien is enrolled as an exchange student at a high school. Describe their experiences and the challenges they face blending in.
  6. The Secret Society of Book Lovers: A group of students discovers a secret society in their school that revolves around ancient books and solving historical mysteries.
  7. Virtual Reality Glitch: During a virtual reality class, a glitch causes students to be trapped in a digital world. How do they escape and what adventures do they encounter?
  8. The Forgotten Art: In a school where art is banned, a group of students discovers an underground club dedicated to preserving artistic expression. What do they create?
  9. The School of the Future: Set in a futuristic world, describe a day in a high school where technology and AI are integral parts of education. How does this change the typical school experience?
  10. The Magical Competition: Each year, a high school hosts a competition of magical and supernatural skills. What are the events, and who will be the unexpected champion?

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Writing prompts for high school freshman

  1. Reflecting on Change: Write about how you felt during your transition from middle school to high school. What were your biggest challenges and surprises?
  2. A Memorable Teacher: Describe a teacher who has made a significant impact on you since starting high school. What makes them stand out?
  3. Goals for High School: Write about your goals for your high school years. What do you hope to achieve academically, socially, or personally?
  4. Overcoming a Challenge: Share a story about a time you faced and overcame a difficult situation or challenge in high school.
  5. The Power of Friendship: Write about a time when a friend helped you through a tough situation at school. How did it change your perspective on friendship?
  6. Cultural Diversity: Reflect on an experience where you learned about a culture different from your own in school. What did you learn and how did it change your view?
  7. First-Day Experiences: Describe your first day of high school. What were your initial impressions, fears, and excitement?
  8. A Day Without Technology: Imagine a day at school without any technology. How would it affect your learning and interactions?
  9. Extracurricular Activities: Write about an extracurricular activity you joined in high school. Why did you choose it and what have you learned from the experience?
  10. The Importance of Role Models: Discuss a role model in your life (a family member, senior student, or public figure) and how they’ve influenced your approach to high school.

High school wring prompts about arts, music, and entertainment:

  1. How much is your taste of music influenced by your friends?
  2. What kind of movies do you enjoy?
  3. Which artist has a big influence on your life?
  4. Which artist do you think will survive 10 years from now?
  5. What are your favorite TV shows?
  6. What do you like the most about reality TV shows?
  7. Do you think actors/actresses have a good life?
  8. What are the difficulties of being famous?
  9. Write about an artist that struggle to achieve stardom
  10. Is there an artist you wish to meet? Why is this person important to you?
  11. Do you think video games should be banned?
  12. Are esports real sports?
  13. Can playing violent video games make people have violent behavior?
  14. What are your favorite video games?
  15. Are video games very addictive?
  16. Should small children be allowed to play multiplayer online games?
  17. Write a review of your favorite video game.
  18. If you can invent your own video game, what would it be about?

Check out the Personalised Growth Mindset Kit, packed with amazing worksheets, including ways to manage anxiety and helping children develop positive habits.

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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

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