Do your teens dream of skydiving, piloting jet aircraft, or orbiting the earth as an astronaut? Then these writing prompts about flight will help them take wing!
1. Mile-High Celebration
A skywriting pilot wants to create a message in the sky for a new high school graduate. Make a list of five short sentences (two to three words each) the pilot could choose from.
2. Not in Kansas Anymore
You and a friend just won a free trip on hot air balloon. Where will you go? What will you see and do when you get there?
3. Free Fall
In 2012, Felix Baumgartner made a skydive jump from an altitude of 128,097 feet—about 24 miles above the Earth. After four minutes in the air, he deployed his parachute and drifted safely down. Imagine you watched the jump from the Roswell, New Mexico mission control. What concerns and thoughts would have entered your mind? What would you have asked Felix when he landed?
4. I’m an Earth Orbiter
You are an astronaut living and working in the International Space Station. Journal about a day in your life. Do you feel isolated up in space, or exhilarated by your scientific projects? How do you feel about sharing tight living spaces with five other crew members? How do you fill your free time?
5. The Sky’s the Limit
From the Wright Brothers to the Tuskegee Airmen, from Charles Lindbergh to James Doolittle, the history of aviation is filled with ingenious inventors, expert engineers, and courageous heroes. Write about one aspect of aviation that you would like to learn more about. Be creative: military reconnaissance, jet design, control tower operation, and airline customer service are all excellent topics.
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