Expository Writing Prompts on Civics and Public Policy

Challenge your students to think about a diverse range of topics by using these expository writing prompts on civics and public policy. From land use to social responsibility, these prompts are guaranteed to push your students minds and beliefs.

Prompt 1: 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 2: Student Body Elections are coming up and it's almost time to elect a class president. The class president will help plan parties and prom, fundraise for the senior class trip, and more. Write an article for the school newspaper describing what kind of person would make a good class president and why.

Prompt 3: 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 4: Choose a line of work and explain how the work is important to your school, your community, or the society as a whole. Write an essay telling how the work is important for you and your town, the school or the country.

Prompt 5: Think about some of the problems in your community that affect you and your friends. Choose a problem that concerns you. Then prepare a brief written report in which you state the problem, and offer a solution to it. In your report, make clear to your neighbors why they should do something about the problem.

Prompt 6: 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 7: 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 8: You are on a committee that makes recommendations on improving the health of children. Write a letter to your principal or mayor explaining a change your school or town can make to improve the health of it's children.

Prompt 9: Many schools in the United States require students to participate in service projects in order to graduate. Do you think community service should be mandatory for students? Write an editorial for your school newspaper.

Prompt 10: 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 11: There has recently been much discussion about violence in the music, film, and television that children enjoy. Some experts argue that the media is one major reason crime rates are on the rise. They believe the violence that youths hear and see through TV, film, and music leads them to behave in violent ways. On the other side of the issue, people say kids can make their own decisions concerning such influences and filmmakers and musicians must be free to create their art. Write an editorial for your local newspaper in which you tell what you think about the issue.

Prompt 12: You are on the school safety committee. Write directions for fire-drill procedures for your class.