Descriptive writing prompts for high school
These descriptive writing prompts for high school students will encourage your teens to describe objects, people, events, and personality traits. Remind them to use vivid vocabulary and avoid dull or weak words.
1. If the Shoe Fits
Make a list of trendy shoe styles. Choose three from the list, describe each one, and explain why they’re so popular.
2. Trading Places
Think of a character from literature you might like to trade places with. Describe this character and explain why you’d want to make the switch.
3. Making Memories
Almost every family marks important milestones in their own special way. Describe a family celebration that has meaning for you, and explain why.
4. You’ve Got Personality
Are you shy, silly, or sensitive? Quiet or quirky? Gentle, generous, or gregarious? There are hundreds of adjectives we can use to describe our nature or personality. Choose three adjectives that describe you perfectly. Write an essay giving examples of how each word accurately fits your personality.
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