101 Essay Topics anniv by 9eDJy4


									Siekmeier                               101 Essay Topics

                 by Anne Dyken, University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point,
                            Academic Achievement Center

*"Don't say, 'Nothing interesting ever happened to me,' until you've read this list!"

1. Did you ever stick up for someone?             29. Write about a disappointment.
2. Describe your neighborhood bully.              30. Write about something minor that
3. Have you ever hitchhiked?                      turned into a big deal.
4. Did you have a paper route?                    31. Write about something that flopped.
5. Write about a baby-sitting experience.         32. Write about a time you had to
6. Describe a great fort you built or a           communicate with someone you couldn't
great game you played as a child.                 understand.
7. Write about an enemy who eventually            33. Did you ever win or lose a contest?
became a friend.                                  34. Write about something you
8. Did you ever fall through the ice?             desperately wanted when you were a kid.
9. Write about a time you cheated and             35. Did you ever see a ghost?
were caught.                                      36. Did you ever run away from home?
10. Write about a privilege you earned.           How far did you get?
11. How did you get along with your               37. Write about the best attic or basement
cousins?                                          you've ever been in.
12. Write about the stray animals you             38. Did you ever know someone who had
brought home.                                     "everything"?
13. Describe an event that made you               39. Write about a time as a child when you
realize you were growing up.                      played in one of the following: a tree
14. Did you ever send away for something          house; a cornfield; a construction site; a
that turned out to be a disappointment?           junkyard; an abandoned house or barn; a
15. Did you ever prove yourself to                stream; a cemetery; a swamp; a pasture;
someone older?                                    railroad tracks.
16. What was it like to go shopping with          40. What did you do to amuse yourself as
your grandma? mom? dad? friends?                  a child when you had to wait for a long
17. Write about a time you performed in           time?
front of an audience.                             41. Did your mom or dad ever make you
18. Write about a difficult decision you          wear something you hated?
had to make.                                      42. What was the earliest you ever got up
19. Write about a time you found out              in the morning?--the latest you ever stayed
something about yourself.                         up?
20. What did you do last summer? What             43. Write about a time you were talked
did you do the summer you were ten?               into something and regretted it.
21. Write about learning to skate, to ride a      44. Were you ever in a helicopter;
bike, to climb a tree, or to turn a               limousine; race car; hot-air balloon;
cartwheel.                                        submarine; horse-drawn carriage?
22. Describe learning to drive.                   45. Did you ever forget something really
23. Did you ever get lost in a strange            important?
town?                                             46. Write about an experience in a
24. Were you ever locked in or out?               hospital.
25. Did you ever witness a birth?                 47. Were you ever accused of something
26. Write about getting fired or quitting a       you didn't do?
job.                                              48. Write about a disastrous trip or
27. What was it like to spend your first          vacation.
night away from home?                             49. Were you ever given a responsibility
28. What was it like to come back home            you couldn't handle?
after a long time away?                           50. Were you ever in an earthquake; a
                                                  fire; flood; tornado; hurricane?

6/25/2012 (of 1-15-99)                         1 of 2                        12:17 PM
Siekmeier      101 Essay Topics

51. Did you ever have a secret language?         83. What kind of adventures did you have
52. Write about becoming disillusioned           in the bathtub?
with someone you admired or respected.           84. Write about job hunting.
53. Describe the best concert you ever           85. Write about wearing high heels or a
attended.                                        necktie for the first time.
54. What was the best nickname you ever          86. How did you find out the truth about
made up for a friend?                            Santa Claus?
55. Did you ever become friends with             87. Write about seeing the ocean or the
someone much older or much younger               mountains for the first time.
than yourself?                                   88. Have you ever had a broken bone?
56. Did you ever make friends with a wild        89. Write about being in Boy Scouts, Girl
animal?                                          Scouts, 4-H, or some other organization.
57. Write about a window you broke or            90. Did you ever turn someone in or tell
something valuable you lost.                     on someone and feel bad about it later?
58. Did you ever climb on a roof?                91. Write about going back to school after
59. Did you ever save someone from               summer vacation.
getting hurt?                                    92. Describe your playground or vacant
60. Did anyone ever save you from getting        lot.
hurt?                                            93. Write about a time you embarrassed
61. Did you ever catch fireflies; crickets;      your parents.
frogs; snakes?                                   94. Write about a time your parents
62. Write about the time when you tried to       embarrassed you.
help and ended up making things worse.           95. Describe learning something from a
63. Did you ever break an important              friend.
promise?                                         96. Describe teaching something to a
64. Write about moving to another city.          friend.
65. Describe an outdoor game you used to         97. Have you ever taken a long trip alone?
play in the summer.                              98. Write about a movie or book that had a
66. Write about picking apples or berries.       strong impression on you.
67. Write about building sand castles or         99. Write about a time when you gave
mud pies.                                        someone good advice.
68. Did you ever meet a famous person?           100. Describe the best time you ever had
69. Describe the club you organized as a         in your life.
kid.                                             101. Write about the funniest thing that
70. Write about mowing the lawn, burning         ever happened to you.
leaves, or weeding the garden.
71. Describe a car or bicycle accident you
were in.
72. Write about being a misfit.
73. Write about a day spent in another
74. Write about a terrifying nightmare.
75. Have you ever brushed shoulders with
76. Was there a haunted house in your
77. Write about a time you outsmarted
78. Write about a time you had to wait for
something you wanted.
79. What was it like to get glasses or
80. Write about being friends with your
brother or sister.
81. Write about going shopping for new
82. Did you ever try to be something you
really weren't?

6/25/2012 (of 1-15-99)                        2 of 2                       12:17 PM

To top