We love Prompt #4, which asks students to talk about a problem and how they have solved or are planning to solve it.
This is a process we call the Backwards Brainstorm, and you can learn more about it here.
For now, the main point we want you to take away is this: The prompts don’t really matter. (And that you floss at least every other day—trust us, it will pay off in the long run.) We are as sure as ever that every single one of you has a valuable story (or two or twelve! All it takes is ample time for reflection and a little writerly elbow grease to find it.
It can be something as small as seeing an episode of a television show (are you living life in the Upside Down?
) or as large as the struggle of moving to a foreign country (especially if you had to leave behind grandma’s cooking).