Expository Writing Prompts on the Environment

Why not get your students thinking more about the world around them and challenge them to write essays using these writing prompts on the Environment! Whether talking about recycling, air pollution, or what to do with public lands, these prompts will get your students thinking a little greener..


Prompt 1: Your class has been studying ways of improving our environment. One of these ways is by recycling items you would normally throw away. This might be an empty paper towel roll, empty milk carton, or an old telephone book. Explain how you can create or recycle something from a discarded item or throwaway. Before you start writing, think about what item you are going to recycle. Think about what new item you are going to create from it. Decide on the materials needed for this project. Think about the clear, step-by-step directions for making your recycled item. Decide how this recycled item will be useful.

Prompt 2: Gasoline and diesel powered engines are a necessary part of modern life, but they have an affect on the environment. Write an essay that discusses the environmental impact of the use of gas and diesel engines versus what these devices provide for society.

Prompt 3: The mayor has to make a big decision–should some land in your community be used for a new shopping mall or for a park? Write a letter to the mayor telling what you think.

Prompt 4: A tract of land is being sold in your community. Fictitious bidders include the National Park Service, a children's hospital, a shopping-mall developer, an oil drilling company, and the U.S. Armed Forces. Choose one and become a lobbyist for one that group writing arguments on behalf of their interests.

Prompt 5: Write a story about something that has been recycled, like a can, newspaper, or plastic bag, and its adventures along the way.

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