These back to school writing prompts for high school invite teens to make an outline, write a letter, or formulate an essay as they focus on setting goals and doing their best in the coming year.
1. Optimal Conditions
Are you a night owl or a morning person? Do you prefer listening to music while studying, or do you need a quiet environment? Would you rather do schoolwork in your bedroom, the library, or another favorite place?
Write an essay about your study habits, explaining when, where, and how you do your best school work. And when things don’t go according to plan, how do you adjust your behaviors and expectations so you can still focus on the task at hand?
2. Inch By Inch
The beginning of a new school year is a natural time to think about setting new goals. Goal-setting doesn’t always mean aiming toward something grand. It can also represent the small, daily steps you take to improve your health or education or to work on your relationship with a sibling or friend.
Make a list of three small goals you want to work toward, and outline the steps you will take to succeed at each one.
3. Dear Me
Write a letter to yourself—a letter you’ll read again when school is over.
Write about where you are right now, for better or for worse. Then mention a few areas where you want to try harder and do better. Finally, include some things you’d simply like to do differently. Seal your letter in an envelope and give it to a parent, who will return it to you at the end of the school year.
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Step-by-step instructions and self-editing checklists help middle and high school students grow in their independence, and parent rubrics ensure that you’re assessing their writing objectively!