Video Writing Prompt: Education Is...

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As a teacher, you work hard to make sure your students understand that education is about more than the lesson of the day. You want them to understand the benefits of a good education and what that education can mean to their lives, long after they leave your classroom.

Use this Video Writing Prompt to challenge your students to think and write about the importance of an education; the exercise will sharpen both their writing and critical thinking skills.

3-5 Your Turn

The Video Writing Prompt features several quotes that begin with the phrase 'Education Is...'. Have students add their own ending to the phrase, then ask them to write a paragraph that explains their 'Education Is...' statement. 

6-8 What Does it Mean?

In the video, Rosa A. is quoted as saying "Education is a light in the dark." Ask students to write a one page essay that explores the meaning behind this statement. Ask them to include an example from history or literature where education helped 'light the way' for an individual or a group.

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9-12 Big Picture

A healthy society requires an educated citizenry. Get students thinking about the role education plays in driving the world around them by asking them write a two page essay that answers the following questions:

  • What role will education play in helping you meet your future goals?
  • If you are unable to complete your education, how will that affect your future? Your family? Your community?
  • If fewer Americans are able to receive a quality education, how will the country be affected? The world?