In addition to being an important academic tool, writing is a way for children to express themselves as they sort through complex topics or navigate difficult situations. Journaling can be especially beneficial for high school students; as they critically examine their own thoughts, children will develop a greater sense of self and improve their self-esteem. This may help them become better writers in the process!
Journaling is one way to help your teen keep their writing skills sharp over the summer – without the pressure of word counts, grades, and deadlines. The following are just a few writing prompts for high school students that may help get them writing this summer!
Summer writing prompts
1. What marks the start of summer: the last day of school, the first day the temperature reaches 90, the calendar, or something else? Is the start of summer determined only by the calendar, or do environmental factors contribute?
2. What would your ideal summer day be like?
3. Research activities for a “stay-cation”. Plan a day trip you could take with friends, a long weekend the whole family could enjoy, or even things you could do yourself.
4. Come up with a different activity to do every day for the rest of summer.
5. How will things be different from the first day of summer to the last day of summer?
6. How did things change from the first day to the last day of school this year?
7. Is it better to be inside or outside during the summer?
8. What month of summer is best?
9. Describe one activity that fully encapsulates the summer experience.
10. Find one activity you can only do during the summer.
Writing prompts to encourage self-expression
1. Where would you travel to if money were no object? What would you do and see? Who would you want to go with? What would you need to take with you?
2. If you could see any band perform, who would it be and why?
3. What has been the hardest thing you’ve ever overcome? How did it change you?
4. List three of your strengths. How are they beneficial to you?
5. List three of your weaknesses. What can you do to improve them? Are there any ways your weaknesses help you?
6. What is your most annoying pet peeve? How does it make you react?
7. If you could have one superpower, what would you want and why?
8. Who is your personal hero?
9. What do you admire about your parents?
10. What will you do differently when you have children?