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33 Expository Writing Prompts

Expository writing is a method of writing in which the author describes, informs, or explains a topic to the reader. It is a lifelong skill that will serve students not only throughout the rest of their school years but also throughout their entire lives.

1st-3rd Grade Expository Writing Ideas for Students

Expository Writing Prompts Especially for Younger Writers But Good for ALL Writers, too!

Learning how to write an expository paper (or essay) is one of the most important skills that students can develop from an early age. Of course, it is also a skill one may develop or refine at any age or stage in school or life.

This is why our list of expository prompts — while created with younger students in mind — is also appropriate for writers of all ages. You see…

Great Topic Choices for Your English Classes

Some of the ideas to write about listed below ask your student — or students of any age — to explain a concept (such as why it’s so important to eat healthy foods).

Other expository topic ideas allow them to practice their expository writing skills by explaining why they hold a particular viewpoint or belief (such as why a person they find heroic should be admired by others).

As students and their classmates go through these descriptive prompts, they’ll improve their descriptive writing skills and will gain a better understanding of what it means to explain or teach something to another person.

Use these 33 new prompts with any students, but especially in your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classrooms. By doing so, you’ll help your students learn the valuable skill of narrative writing, composition, and expository writing skill development.

33 Expository Writing Prompts for Students

  1. Think of your most valued possession. Explain why it is so important to you.
  2. Explain why it is so important for kids to attend school.
  3. Think about a time when you did something that you didn’t want to do. Explain why you did it anyway.
  4. Think of a person whom you consider to be a hero. Explain why other people should admire this person.
  5. Explain three ways that people can do nice things for one another.
  6. Explain what you would do if a friend got mad at you for something that you didn’t do.
  7. Think about a famous person whom you would like to meet and explain why you would want to meet them.
  8. Choose an important tool that can be found in our classroom. Explain how it has made an impact on teachers and students.
  9. Think about a time when you couldn’t stop laughing and explain what happened.
  10. Explain why it is important to eat healthy foods.
  11. Explain why you shouldn’t have too many sweets or snacks.
  12. Think of something your parents always tell you and explain why it is or isn’t true.
  13. Are you the oldest, middle, or youngest child in your family? Explain what you like or dislike about your position.
  14. Think about what you want to be when you grow up and explain why you think that would be the best job.
  15. Explain what your favorite thing to do after school is.
    Expository Writing Prompts for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grader Writers
  16. Choose your favorite holiday and explain why people celebrate it.
  17. Think about one of your best friends and explain why you like them.
  18. Explain what it means to be a good person.
  19. Explain what you would do if you were at a store and couldn’t find your grownup.
  20. Choose a type of transportation (car, bike, plane, etc.) and explain why it is beneficial for people who use it.
  21. Explain what you like most about living in our city.
  22. Think of one of your family’s traditions. Explain why it matters to your family and how you perform the tradition.
  23. Explain why it is important for students to learn how to do math.
  24. Think of something that you know how to do well and explain how to do it as if you were teaching someone who didn’t know.
  25. Explain why it is important for students to follow our classroom rules.
  26. Explain what you would do if you saw someone being bullied.
  27. Choose a food that you love and explain what you like about it.
  28. Think of your favorite TV show and explain why you like it better than other programs.
  29. Explain what you like most about summer vacation.
  30. Choose your favorite book and explain what elements made it a good book.
  31. Think about how you feel when someone notices something you’ve done well. Explain what kinds of feelings you get.
  32. Choose one of your favorite activities and explain what you like most about it.
  33. Explain why it is important to help people who are less fortunate than us.

These all-new expository writing prompts for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade students are full of interesting topics and ideas that kids will be excited to describe.

Now is the perfect time for your young students to pick a good topic they enjoy and practice this form of writing. Doing so will help them practice their writing skills and help give them a boost when they have to write more elaborate essays in middle school and high school.

Bonus List of Simple Ideas Expository Essays or Compositions

Write about your:

  • Favorite movie 
  • Favorite toy
  • Favorite music
  • Favorite animal or
  • A particular animal

and explain in detail what you like most about it. 

Oh yeah!

We hope your writers enjoyed this bonus list of things to write about for youngsters.

Maybe they’ll even share them with a good friend who isn’t in their English or writing class. Now, wouldn’t that be a hoot!

Well, that’s all for today.

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