Although mothers have been around forever, Mother’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until 1914. Challenge your teens with these creative essay prompts about mothers, which feature extraordinary or famous moms from stardom, books, and history!
1. My Famous Mom
Imagine what it’s like to be the son or daughter of a famous mother. Paparazzi with cameras tail you as you hang out with your friends or go to lunch with your family. As a matter of fact, it seems that everywhere you go, you’re recognized because your mother is so well known. Write a brief essay explaining the benefits and drawbacks of having a famous mom.
2. My Literary Mom
No longer confined to time and space, you discover you’ve suddenly swapped places with a teen in one your favorite works of literature. You sleep in a different bed, have a different mom, and live a very different life. Choosing one of these writing activities, either:
- Describe a day with your fictional family; or
- Compare and contrast your literary mother with the real mom you left in the 21st century.
3. My British Mom
The year is 1775. Torn between your fledgling American patriotism and your loyalty to England, you must make a difficult decision regarding enlistment in the Continental Army. You want to stay in Boston, but your mother, a fierce Loyalist, strongly urges you to return to Britain with the rest of your family. Write a persuasive letter to your mother explaining your reasons for staying behind and enlisting in the Continental Army.
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