All students will have an opinion on this one! Get your kids involved in their school by asking them what THEY would improve. This subject is sure to get their problem solving and critical thinking skills going. Some teachers may find ways to tie these subjects in with Social Studies, History, or Civics classes.
Prompt 1: If you could make changes in your school lunchroom what would they be?
Prompt 2: If your principal asked you to write your opinion about what needed to be changed in your school what would you write?
Prompt 3: Due to trouble on the playground, the principal has sent home a letter stating there will no longer be an after-lunch recess. Write a letter to convince your principal to continue after-lunch recess. Before you start writing, think about the problem during recess. Think about why students need recess. Think about the benefits for the teachers. Decide what students and teachers can do to correct the problem. Think about the results of keeping recess during school. Now write a letter to convince the principal to continue after-lunch recess.
Prompt 4: There are many concerns facing the student council in your school. As a member of the student council, write an editorial for the school newspaper about one concern and what you think can be done to solve the situation.
Prompt 5: The arts (music, art, drama, dance, etc.) and sports have important effects on people’s lives. Think of one of the arts or a sport that isn’t currently at your school and write a letter to your principal petitioning him to allow a program.
Prompt 6: Your class has decided to elect a class president. The class president will take attendance each morning, help plan parties, and collect money for field trips. Write an article for the class newspaper describing what kind of person would make a good president and why.
Prompt 7: Your school cafeteria wants to try a new menu–one with foods that kids will really like. Write a letter to your principal explaining what you think the cafeteria should have.
Prompt 8: Are there any problems in your school? Do you get too little time to eat lunch? Between classes is it hard to find a water fountain that works? In a letter, make your school principal aware of the problem and suggest a solution. Be sure to explain what the causes of the problem are, who is affected by it, and how something could be done to solve it.
Prompt 9: Students in your school are unhappy with the student bathrooms. Write a letter to your principal describing the problem and suggesting ways to solve it.
Prompt 10: Your locker is too far away from most of your classes to be helpful to you. Whenever you store your stuff in it, you end up being late to class. Think of a solution that would make it easier for you so that you don’t have to carry around all of your books all day. Write a letter to the principal outlining your ideas to make the locker problem work better for everyone.
Prompt 11: The school you attend has a great diversity in the income level of the families. Some children come to school wearing all of the latest fashions, while other kids have families who are really struggling to make ends meet. Your principal has decided that school uniforms would be best for all concerned. Do you think this is a good idea? Write a paragraph from the point of view of a student whose family has lots of money and can afford to dress their child any way they want. Then write another paragraph from the point of view of a child whose parents are not doing so well financially.
Prompt 12: Think about what your class needs for it to be a better class. Explain the problem to your teacher and what your proposed solution is.