Expository journal prompts for high school

What do robots, time capsules, and the search for eternal youth have in common? These expository journal prompts for high school students explore topics that in some way tie the past to the future.

What do robots, time capsules, and the search for eternal youth have in common? These expository journal prompts for high school students explore topics that in some way tie the past to the present, the future—or both.

1. Robot Revolution

Robots used to be the stuff of futuristic science fiction, yet today they are a growing reality. Do you think robots will become as much a part of our everyday life as cell phones, laptops, and microwave ovens? Write an expository essay explaining your reasons, giving examples to illustrate and support your thesis.

2. The Search for Eternal Youth

The idea of eternal youth has captivated people for centuries. Legend says Juan Ponce de León sailed to the New World in search of the Fountain of Youth. Today, with anti-aging products flooding the market, more people than ever—both women and men—seem anxious to turn back the clock. Do you believe modern society is obsessed with youth? Write an expository essay in which you use specific examples and illustrations to develop your points.

3. Time Capsule

If you could place one item from 2016 in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years, what would you choose? Write an essay in which you explain the item’s significance and tell why it so accurately represents American (or European) culture of today. Support your choice with specific reasons and examples.

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