For millions of fans around the World, the Star Wars franchise captures the imagination like nothing else.
Good vs evil.
Light vs dark.
Deeply woven story lines and character development – and of course the wonderfully rich universe full of every imaginable type of species, planet, technology, and more.
It’s little wonder then that this is a topic which can draw our students into writing like few others.
Why Star Wars themed prompts?
As I’ve mentioned already, harnessing the cult-power of a an epic franchise such as Star Wars to get our students imaginations running into overdrive (or hyperspace as the case may be!) is just a fantastic method to use.
It’s one of those wonderful win-win situations, students get excited and engaged with the writing task at hand – even reluctant writers at that – and we teachers reap the benefit of that enthusiasm.
Now naturally some students won’t be interested in sci-fi films, but I would bet that the majority would prefer writing about a Star Wars character than many other topics that might crop up in the classroom.
How to use these:
Writing topics based on popular toy and film franchises are able to be used in a multitude of ways – for most students they’re already very familiar with the characters and setting.
As a result you’re able to assign topics out to individuals to take away and write about in their own time, or discuss in small groups.
Likewise bringing these up for class discussion, whether to flesh out a creative writing session, opinion piece, or informative writing essay can be a very engaged and productive exercise!
Here are the prompts:
- Who is the kindest Star Wars character, and why?
- Which Star Wars character had to make the most difficult decision? Why?
- What was the best musical moment from the Star Wars movies? Why?
- If you had to live in one of the Star Wars locations, what one would you choose? Why?
- Which species or race of beings in Star Wars do you wish you knew more about? Write about them.
- Would you like your own droid? Write about what it would be like to have one.
- What sort of character is Chewbacca and how does he interact with those around him? Explain.
- Which planet featured in Star Wars would be most difficult to live on? Why?
- What does hyperdrive enable ships to do in Star Wars? Why is this important for space travel?
- Which character only featured in a minor role in Star Wars made the biggest impression on you? Why?
- Describe your day as an Ewok living on Endor.
- What was the best vehicle or ship in Star Wars? Why? Describe it in every detail.
- Why is the struggle between the dark and light sides of the force an interesting theme?
- Which character in Star Wars deserves their own movie? Write an outline of the films plot.
- What animal from Star Wars do you wish you had as a pet? Write a short story describing what it is like to have one.
May the writing be with you
I’m sure your aspiring writers will get a kick out of these prompts. I’d love to hear how you’ve used them with your students, and which got the best reaction!
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Thanks and see you again soon,
– Matt & Hayley