Expository Writing Prompts for First, Second, and Third Graders— Learning how to write an expository paper is one of the most important skills that young students can develop from an early age. 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.
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.
Some of the ideas to write about listed below ask students to explain a concept (such as why it’s so important to eat healthy foods), while others 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 go through these 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 in your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classrooms to help students learn the valuable skill of expository writing!
33 Expository Writing Prompts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Students
- Think of your most valued possession. Explain why it is so important to you.
- Explain why it is so important for kids to attend school.
- Think about a time when you did something that you didn’t want to do. Explain why you did it anyway.
- Think of a person whom you consider to be a hero. Explain why other people should admire this person.
- Explain three ways that people can do nice things for one another.
- Explain what you would do if a friend got mad at you for something that you didn’t do.
- Think about a famous person whom you would like to meet and explain why you would want to meet him or her.
- Choose an important tool that can be found in our classroom. Explain how it has made an impact on teachers and students.
- Think about a time when you couldn’t stop laughing and explain what happened.
- Explain why it is important to eat healthy foods.
- Explain why you shouldn’t have too many sweets or snacks.
- Think of something your parents always tell you and explain why it is or isn’t true.
- Are you the oldest, middle, or youngest child in your family? Explain what you like or dislike about your position.
- Think about what you want to be when you grow up and explain why you think that would be the best job.
- Explain what your favorite thing to do after school is.
- Choose your favorite holiday and explain why people celebrate it.
- Think about one of your best friends and explain why you like him or her.
- Explain what it means to be a good person.
- Explain what you would do if you were at a store and couldn’t find your mom or dad.
- Choose a type of transportation (car, bike, plane, etc.) and explain why it is beneficial for people who use it.
- Explain what you like most about living in our city.
- Think of one of your family’s traditions. Explain why it matters to your family and how you perform the tradition.
- Explain why it is important for students to learn how to do math.
- 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.
- Explain why it is important for students to follow our classroom rules.
- Explain what you would do if you saw someone being bullied.
- Choose a food that you love and explain what you like about it.
- Think of your favorite TV show and explain why you like it better than other programs.
- Explain what you like most about summer vacation.
- Choose your favorite book and explain what elements made it a good book.
- Think about how you feel when someone notices something you’ve done well. Explain what kinds of feelings you get.
- Choose one of your favorite activities and explain what you like most about it.
- Explain why it is important to help people who are less fortunate than us.
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