Here are 500 student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one writing an essay on a book you haven t read. Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older.
So dive into this admittedly overwhelming list and pick the questions that most inspire you to tell an interesting story, describe a memorable event, observe the details in your world, imagine a possibility, or reflect on who you are and what you believe. What Was Your Most Precious Childhood Possession? What Were Your Favorite Childhood Shows and Characters? What Were Your Favorite Picture Books When You Were Little? What Things Did You Create When You Were a Child? What Places Do You Remember Fondly From Childhood? Have You Ever Felt Embarrassed by Things You Used to Like?
Do You Wish You Could Return to Moments From Your Past? Was There a Toy You Wanted as a Child but Never Got? What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life? What Are Your Best Sleepover Memories? What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Given or Received?
What’s the Most Memorable Thing You Ever Got in the Mail? What Nicknames Have You Ever Gotten or Given? What Have You Learned in Your Teens? What Personal Achievements Make You Proud? What Are Some Recent Moments of Happiness in Your Life? What Rites of Passage Have You Participated In?
What Advice Would You Give Younger Kids About Middle or High School? What Can Older People Learn From Your Generation? What Do Older Generations Misunderstand About Yours? What Have You and Your Family Accomplished Together? What Events Have Brought You Closer to Your Family? What’s Your Role in Your Family?
Have You Ever Changed a Family Member’s Mind? What Are Your Family Stories of Sacrifice? What Possessions Does Your Family Treasure? What Hobbies Have Been Passed Down in Your Family?
How Much Do You Know About Your Family’s History? Did Your Parents Have a Life Before They Had Kids? How Close Are You to Your Parents? How Are You and Your Parents Alike and Different?
Do Your Parents Support Your Learning? What Have Your Parents Taught You About Money? Do You Expect Your Parents to Give You Money? How Do Your Parents Teach You to Behave? How Do You Make Parenting Difficult for Your Parents? If You Drink or Use Drugs, Do Your Parents Know?
Do You Talk About Report Cards With Your Parents? Would You Mind if Your Parents Blogged About You? How Well Do You Get Along With Your Siblings? How Well Do You Know Your Pet? What Role Do Pets Play in Your Family? What Is Your Racial and Ethnic Identity?