Opinion Writing Prompts

Young people are not often given the opportunity to express their opinions on larger issues and concerns. Here are some opinion prompts that allow them to put on their thinking caps and come up with solutions to situations that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

Prompt 1: Your town has extra money which they can use for a town improvement project. Should they build a sports park or a town swimming pool? Explain the reasons for your choice.

Prompt 2: There’s a new amusement park being built in your town, on the land in the empty field right behind your house. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Explain your answer.

Prompt 3: The police department in your town has outgrown the building and they have proposed to build a new police department in the empty lot right next to the high school. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Write an essay explaining your point of view.

Prompt 4: The restaurant association of your state is seeking nominations for “Restaurant of the Year.” Nominate your favorite restaurant by writing a letter to the restaurant association president, Mrs. I.M. Phul, describing why this restaurant should win.  

Prompt 5: Your town council has given you the chance to order a statue for your town honoring someone important. The person you choose does not have to be famous. Who would you like to see be honored by having a statue commissioned for your town square? Why did you pick that person?

Prompt 6: Your local newspaper has been running a series of articles on local attractions to inform newcomers of places they might visit. Describe your favorite local place in a letter to the editor of the paper.

Prompt 7: Describe a change that should be made in the town or city where you live and what you could do to help promote or prompt that change.

Prompt 8: What are the three best things about living in your town? What is the worst thing?