20 Persuasive Writing Prompts About School Rules

“I’m tired of writing essays. They’re boring!”

Sound familiar? Some kids like to find excuses for not working, and the “This is boring!” is one of the top excuses they throw out there. If you’re trying to teach your students how to write, one of the toughest tasks is to come up with interesting and stimulating writing prompts.

Find the right topic, and all of a sudden they’ll be happy to write something! Persuasive writing prompts are great for this. They tap into issues and problems that kids genuinely care about and they create an authentic outlet for student writing.

In this hub, you’ll find a list of ideas for persuasive writing essays, all revolving around school rules. While there are plenty of topics and prompts you could use, the advantage of school rules is that every student is going to have an opinion on things like a dress code and cell phone usage.

The writing prompts are organized in to four shorter lists: rules about technology, rules about clothing, rules about sports, and other school rules.

Useful link: Writing Prompts – 99

Writing Tasks on Technology in Schools

The first set of writing prompts is based around school rules related to technology usage. Try these, and I’m sure you’ll get lots of fired up students!

  1. Should students be allowed to carry cell phones in school, or should they be completely banned from the building?
  2. Should students be able to listen to music on an MP3 player while they’re working in dependently?
  3. Should students be allowed to bring their own laptops to school, or should they only be allowed to use school computers?
  4. Should the school network have a filter on it to prevent users from accessing inappropriate material?
  5. Should students be allowed to use Facebook and Twitter during their study hall, or should social networks be completely banned from schools?

Persuasive Prompts About Clothing In Schools

In the area I teach, school uniforms or”structured dress codes” are becoming the norm. Principals love it.Students hate it. And these questions can elicit all types of great responses from your little writers.

  1. Should students be required to wear a uniform to school, or should they be able to choose their clothing?
  2. Should student dress codes be different for boys and girls, or should they have identical rules?
  3. Should students be allowed to wear tee shirts with unpopular messages, or should the school be able to prohibit certain types of clothing?
  4. Should students be allowed to wear hoodies and jackets in school, or should they have to put them in their lockers?
  5. Should boys be allowed to “cross dress” and wear skirts, or should they be forced to wear pants?

Persuasive Writing Prompts And School Sports

Sports are an important part of school culture, and there are a lots of questions that people will disagree about. Try these writing prompts to get your students going.

  1. Should girls be allowed to play on the football and wrestling teams, or should they be”boy only” sports?
  2. Should athletes be benched if their grades are too low, or should they be allowed to play anyway?
  3. Should the school invest money in its football team, or should it invest money in its marching band?
  4. Should anyone be allowed to participate on a sports team, or should there be competitive try outs?
  5. Should high school sports be mostly concerned with winning, or should they be mostly concerned with character building?

Persuasive Tasks About Other School Rules

Let’s round the list out with a few other random rules to question. These didn’t fit neatly into any of the other categories, but they’re still interesting questions that students can respond to.

Should students be able to leave the building for lunch, or should they have to eat in the cafeteria?

Should there be restrictions on when students can go to the bathroom, or should bathrooms be open at all times?

Should students be able to eat and drink in class, or should food be prohibited outside the cafeteria?

Should school parties and dances be open to the public, or should they only be open to current students?

Should administrators be able to search students’ lockers, or should students’ lockers be private?

Modify, Adapt, Implement These Writing Tasks

To get the most out of these persuasive writing prompts and your students, you should modify and adapt these to your own situation. You may want to read over these tips for writing your own persuasive writing tasks.

For example, the question about sports,athletes, and academics would be very useful if your school recently had a public debate about its’ athletes grades. Add a little context to your prompt and describe what’s going on in the school community, and then present the students with the question. You’ll also want to come up with some kind of graphic organizer to help students organize their thoughts, like this interactive essay map.

So what are you waiting for? Select some prompts, and have your kids write a persuasive essay in class tomorrow!

Source: https://owlcation.com/academia/20-Persuasive-Writing-Prompts-About-School-Rules

24 Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do

1. Meaningless work

It’s fine to start with an academic standard, but standards aren’t meaningful to students and should never ask. Either make the work meaningful, or shelve it until you can. If you can’t, ask someone in our department, building, or PLN. If they can’t, let’s change the standard.

2. Read out loud if they don’t want to

You’ll have a pretty good instinct here who is fluent orally and who isn’t. While reading aloud with fluency is indeed an important literacy standard, little good comes of forcing students to read out loud when they really, really, really don’t want to. The key may be, then, making them want to.

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3. Set generic goals

Try not to ask students to get ‘goals for themselves’ without showing them how to make authentic, relevant, or even S.M.A.R.T. goals.

If the goal isn’t as closely matched to their own human potential as possible, it’s generic.

4. Confuse school with life

If you can’t seamlessly merge school and the ‘real world’ through place-based education, project-based learning, and the like, then make a clean break. Don’t mislead them that they’ll need to learn Calculus to balance their check books.

5. Confront their fears for a grade

See #2.

6. Look down on their family and friends

Their friends may be shaky, and their family might at times be worse, but they’re friends and family nonetheless, and in all but the most exceptional circumstances, that will be always bigger than your content area or your classroom.

7. Aspire for college without clarifying exactly why

And that doesn’t mean fall back on ‘to get a job.’

8. Offer uninformed opinions

Unless you’re simply using that uninformed opinion as a starting point. Otherwise, don’t ask them to pretend to be informed. They’ll end up with an over-inflated sense of self, and a lack of respect for authentic understanding.

9. Value answers over questions

Answers serve questions, which serve learning, which serve the student. In that order.

10. Please you

But this can backfire, coming off like this: “Be compliant. Do what I say, when I say, how I say, and you’ll be okay.”

Compliance is fine, but it can’t be the alpha and omega of your classroom’s tone. Curiosity, interaction, and citizenship are better starting points.

If they become programmed to please others, where will that lead them throughout the course of their lives? Maybe somewhere great, maybe not.

But it’s a legitimate question worth asking.

11. Be something they’re not

There is a thin line here between making a student feel allowing a student to think they’re not smart/good readers/creative, etc., and honoring the fact that they’re just not wired a certain way. Your teacher instincts should help here.

And never, ever, ever compare them to their brother, sister parents, etc., unless you’re doing so in some kind of communal and loving way.

12. Make promises they can’t keep

You can ask them to reach, but don’t set them up to fail. And this goes for ‘contracts,’ too.

13. Grade one another’s work

In almost all circumstances, this is a bad move. Save time some other way. Give one another feedback, yes; grade, no.

14. Compete with anyone other than themselves

Creative expression, informed individuality, and a strong sense of self-efficacy will get them further than mastering every standard on the curriculum map.

15. Tell on their friends

I get why this sounds like it should be okay, but it’s not okay.

16. Make decisions…

…that have absolutely nothing to do with school, knowledge, wisdom, projects, etc.–dump a boyfriend or girlfriend, for example. You’re probably smarter than this, but you may have an especially ‘good’ student dating someone especially boneheaded.

Leave this one alone.

17. Do something without modeling

If you, or peers, or others in your network can’t show them how, then unless they’re chomping at the bit to be intellectual pioneers, you made to rethink the work.

18. Ignore peer pressure

You do remember high school, don’t you?

19. Worry

Strong teachers don’t motivate students through fear. Find another approach because while it may work in spots, it’s not sustainable.

Or kind.

20. Always work with partners

Collaboration is just one learning strategy. No matter how many times you hear it thrown about—or how many times you see it work—there is a time for independent thinking and planning, and a time for working together.

21. Lie to another adult

Not even a sub.

22. Dream big without showing them how

You might be surprised what they’ve never seen.

23. Buy things 

Never make them feel like they have to spend money or have certain material possessions for your class unless you’re absolutely sure they can afford it.


“Never ask a student to respond for an entire culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc., based on perceived/known membership in group– in front of the class. Do your research ahead of time– you should never ask a student to clarify something that may not be their reality or identity. Asking a student to volunteer more of their experiences after they initially volunteered their own information is different than asking a student who looks Indian about Hinduism.”

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