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Writing Prompts
12/7/2016

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8th Grade Writing Prompts

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1.

Where is one place in the world you would like to visit? Explain why you would   want to visit this place, and what you would want to do or see once you   arrive. Include specific   details and examples in your response.

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2.

Write about someone who has shared wisdom and experience with you. Explain why it is important   to learn from the experience of others. Include specific details and examples in your   response.

E

 

 

3.

Think about how daily life, from reading to playing games to   communicating with others, has changed over the past hundred years because of   technology. Using specific   details and examples, explain how these advancements in technology have changed   daily life.

E

 

 

4.

Most schools offer a variety of activities, classes, and clubs.   Identify one of these that students enjoy and explain why they enjoy it. Include specific details and examples   in your response.

E

 

 

5.

Community parks, state parks, and national parks provide a wide variety of interesting activities. Write about an enjoyable way to spend time outdoors. Using specific   details and examples, explain why someone might find that activity enjoyable.

E

 

 

6.

What are the advantages of earning your own money to purchase   something special? Explain   the advantages using specific   details and examples in your response.

E

 

 

7.

When people ask for advice, they sometimes talk to more than one   person. Explain   why seeking multiple opinions can help someone make a better choice. Use specific details and examples   in your response.

E

 

 

8.

Identify an enjoyable educational activity. It could be   participating in a play, completing a science experiment, playing an   instrument, or something else. Use specific details and examples to explain why the activity is enjoyable.

E

 

 

9.

You have been asked to share a lesson with elementary school   students. Using specific   details and examples, explain the lesson and why it would be important.

E

 

 

10.

Your assignment is to design a neighborhood of the future. Explain what you would   include in a neighborhood of the future and why. Include specific details and examples   in your design.

E

 

 

11.

People often credit their successes to having good attitudes. Explain the benefits of   having a good attitude, even during a difficult time. Provide examples from your own   experience or from having witnessed this in others.

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                                                       8th   Grade Writing Prompts

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12.

The ancient Greek   storyteller Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever   wasted.” Explain   how small acts of kindness can have an impact on others. Use specific details and examples   in your response.

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13.

Thoughtful acts can   take many forms, such as unexpected help or even just a kind word. Explain how a   thoughtful act can benefit those involved. Use specific details and examples in your response.

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14.

Sometimes people   recognize similarities between themselves and a character from a book or a   movie. Write   about a character from a book or a movie who you think is similar to you. What do   you have in common   with this character? Use specific   details and examples in your response.

E

 

 

15.

Civil rights leader   Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” What is   one way you would like to change the world, and how can you help to bring   about this change? Use specific   details and examples in your response.

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16.

What makes someone a   success? Explain   how you define success, using specific details and examples in your response.

E

 

 

17.

American jazz legend   Duke Ellington said, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” Explain the meaning of   this statement and whether you agree or disagree with it. Use specific details and examples in your response.

E

 

 

18.

Is it better to take   risks and perhaps make some mistakes or remain cautious and risk nothing? Explain using specific details and examples   in your response.

E

 

 

19.

The Roman philosopher   Cicero wrote, "Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself."   However, parents, friends, and teachers often offer advice. Should people listen to   their own advice or to the advice of others? Use specific details and examples to support   your response.

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20.

What is something you   would like to accomplish in the future? Perhaps you would like to learn how   to play an instrument, graduate at the top of your class, or visit the ocean.   Identify one thing you would like to accomplish, and include specific details and examples   to help explain   why it is important

E

 

 

21.

Some people enjoy   public speaking while others are frightened by it. Using specific details and examples,   explain how you feel about public speaking.

E

 

 

22.

Some schools have a   program that pairs older students with younger students. The older students   are available to assist the younger students. How would this program help both the older and the   younger students? Explain   the effects of such a program on the students involved.

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23.

There is a common   saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Think of something that has an   unattractive appearance but that has special meaning to someone for other   reasons. It might be an old car, a well-used toy, a faded photograph, or   something else. Identify   the object and explain   why it has special meaning.

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24.

Competition is a   constant presence in today’s schools, where students not only compete with   one another in the classroom but also in sports and in various   extracurricular activities. Explain how competition can improve life or make it more difficult for   students. Use specific   details and examples in your response.

E

 

 

25.

Some people believe   owning a pet is important, while others do not. Using specific details and examples to support your position, argue for or against   owning a pet.

P

 

 

26.

Identify a challenge facing students, and use specific details and examples to explain ways to   overcome that challenge.

E

 

 

27.

Everyone has a talent   or skill. Identify a talent or skill you have, and explain how you develop and use it. Use specific details and examples   in your response.

E

 

 

28.

If you could make a   significant change to the structure or appearance of your school, what would   it be? Identify the change you would make, and explain why you would make it.

E

 

 

29.

Scientist Albert   Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Do you agree or disagree with   this statement? Include   specific details and examples to convince others to support your position.

P

 

 

30.

People sometimes say   that failure can eventually lead to success. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?   Use specific examples   to convince   others to support your   position

P

 

 

31.

Students often learn   how to budget their time in order to complete important tasks and still have   time for themselves. Explain   how learning to budget time is an important skill for students. Use specific details and examples   in your response.

E

 

 

32.

Your school is   considering making a change to the dress code. What is one change that you   would recommend, and why is it important? Use specific details and examples to justify this change.

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33.

Studies have shown that   people who take short breaks throughout the day to do light, outdoor exercise   are more productive than those who do not. Use specific details and examples to convince your principal   whether students should have similar breaks during the school day.

P

 

 

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Many teachers assign   group projects. Sometimes, however, an uncooperative member can affect the   entire group. Argue for   or against the use of group projects using specific details and examples.

P

 

 

35.

An old proverb says   honesty is the best policy. Sometimes, however, honesty might hurt a person’s   feelings. Explain   why you either agree or   disagree with being honest at all times. Use specific details and examples to convince others to support your position.

P

 

 

36.

Studies have shown that   one way to improve student achievement is to start an afterschool homework   club. Teachers and students volunteer to meet with those who either have   difficulty in certain subjects or who want to finish their homework early.   Use specific details and   examples to argue   for or against   the idea of establishing homework clubs in your school.

P

 

 

37.

Many schools have   partnerships with local companies and organizations that allow students to   explore certain professions. Write a letter to the manager of a local   workplace that performs the type of work you would like to pursue. Convince the employer   to allow you to visit. Include details about why you chose that workplace and the specific   job.

P

 

 

38.

Your principal has   decided that all students must participate in at least one extracurricular   activity. For example, students could participate in sports, work on the   yearbook, or serve on the student council. Do you agree or disagree with this decision? Use   specific details and   examples to convince   others to support your position.  

P

 

 

39.

The school board plans   to add one and a half hours to school each day. Do you agree or disagree with   extending the school day? Use specific details and examples to convince the   school board to accept your position.

P

 

 

40.

Some people think that   schools should offer only nutritious drinks such as white milk, water, and   natural fruit juice. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Use specific details and examples   to convince your   principal to accept your position.

P

 

 

41.

Many professional   athletes and entertainers earn large sums of money. Do you agree or disagree with   these individuals making high salaries? Use specific details and examples to convince others to support your position.

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42.

What improvement would   make your community better? Use specific details and examples to convince the mayor of your   community to accept your idea for improving where you live.

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