Aug 15, 2022

Looking for Writing Prompts? Here's a Few You Could Use In Your Personal Finance Class!

imagesIs one of your goals this school year to improve your students' written communication skills? Lots of great ideas in this post. 

From the NGPF Blog archives:

Many of you are starting the school year and thinking about ways to get your students to write more. Money is a great topic to have students reflect upon and to share their thoughts in writing. Given how personal money issues can be, writing may allow students to open up in ways they wouldn't in a classroom discussion. You will find 10 writing prompts in this post and 10+ in the link below. 

The New York Times’ Learning Network posted an ambitious 500 writing prompts (with links to articles) which I skimmed in search of ones to use in your classroom:

Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

Here are ten focused on money, career and mindsets:

  1. What Have Your Parents Taught You About Money?
  2. Do You Expect Your Parents to Give You Money?
  3. What Have You Done to Earn Money?
  4. Do You Have a Job?
  5. Would You Quit if Your Values Did Not Match Your Employer’s?
  6. What Are Your Attitudes Toward Money?
  7. Can Money Buy You Happiness?
  8. What Investment Are You Willing to Make to Get Your Dream Job?
  9. What Career or Technical Classes Do You Wish Your School Offered?
  10. Do You Think You Will Have a Career That You Love?


The irony here, of course, is that I just posted, last week, ten questions to get your students writing. Tell me which ones you like more (you won’t hurt my feelings:)


 And there's more... here's a collection of journaling ideas

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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