35 Writing Prompts about Respect

Respect is an important value to have and to experience. It means to consider other people and their feelings.

It means you care about the other person and what they believe in, the values they hold, and them as a human being. It means you will treat yourself and others kindly and without judgment.

We all want to be respected, and respecting others is part of receiving respect.

How to use these prompts:

There is no wrong way to use these writing prompts!

You can pick one at random and write until you feel you’ve answered the question, or you can go down the list and answer each prompt day by day.

Some find it helpful to set a timer and write for one prompt, but you can choose whichever way works best for you as a writer!

Just make sure to respect yourself and your writing techniques.

The prompts:

  1. Who do you respect the most? Why?
  2. Who do you respect the least? Why?
  3. What does respect mean to you?
  4. Tell about a time when you felt respected.
  5. Tell about a time when you felt disrespected. How did you respond?
  6. If respect were a person, what would they be like?
  7. If respect were an animal, what animal would it be and why?
  8. Write about a time when you witnessed someone being disrespectful. How did you respond, if you did?
  9. What do you think Aretha Franklin’s song “RESPECT” is about?
  10. How does being respectful make you feel?
  11. Do you automatically respect your elders? Why or why not?
  12. Do you automatically respect everyone you encounter in life? Why or why not?
  13. Where do you think the word respect comes from?
  14. How can you be more respectful in your everyday life?
  15. Do you think respect is an important value to uphold? Why or why not?
  16. What can you do if you see someone being disrespectful? Write out an example and what to do.
  17. How can you show your teacher or principal that you are a respectful student?
  18. Can you judge someone and still respect them?
  19. Do you respect your family members? Why or why not?
  20. Do you respect nature and the surrounding environment? How do you show it?
  21. How would you explain respect to someone who has never heard the term before?
  22. What do you do when you are feeling disrespected?
  23. Why do you think we need to respect rules at school or work?
  24. Do you believe in the golden rule: treat others how you wish to be treated? Why or why not?
  25. How do you learn how to be respectful?
  26. Do you have to agree with everything a person says just because you respect them? Why or why not?
  27. Why do we need to respect and abide by the law?
  28. What happens if you don’t respect the laws where you live?
  29. Do animals respect each other? Why or why not?
  30. How can you be respectful on a team? (ex: sports or debate team, working on a group project)
  31. What does it mean to respect someone’s boundaries? Give an example.
  32. Write a story about Ralphie the Respectful Raccoon and how he teaches other animals to be respectful.
  33. Would you rather be respected or loved? How are they similar? How are they different?
  34. Do all humans respect each other? Why or why not?
  35. Write a story about a student who doesn’t respect their teacher.

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