Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.
What is an Advice Essay?
Put simply; advice essays tell the story of being given or offering advice. This can be an important theme because how a student takes, understands, or gives advice tells you something about their character and their capacity for reflection. All of us receive advice frequently, but an advice essay offers the opportunity to really articulate what advice is and how it influences our lives and thinking.
Your students will be asked to write advice essays frequently; this is a common assignment in various application processes, so it can be helpful to have some practice with the genre. The topics in this lesson will help students gain facility with writing advice essays.
Often, advice essays ask students to reflect on helpful advice they have received. In this section, you will find prompts that encourage your students to think deeply about the more positive ways advice has influenced their lives.
- What is the best advice you have ever received from a family member? Write about the context in which you received this advice, how it was helpful, how you took it, and what exactly it meant to you.
- Describe a time that a teacher gave you meaningful advice. Explain what the topic was and why the advice seemed meaningful, being specific about how you applied it and what the outcome was.
- Write an essay about a time you received advice from a friend. Think about how this was different from getting advice from an older person, and describe what was especially helpful or meaningful about this piece of advice.
- What was a time that you had a big problem and someone else's advice genuinely helped you change your approach and solve the problem? Be as specific as you can in describing this story.
- Write about a time that it was hard to follow someone's advice, but you did it anyway, and it helped. Describe why it felt hard as well as how it eventually helped you.
- Have you ever received good advice from a surprising person? Write an essay describing what was surprising and what came out of this person's advice?
Of course, advice is not always that positive! Here, you will find topics that help students articulate some of the less helpful advice they have received and how it has affected them.
- Describe a time that you took someone's advice and it had a negative impact on you. Write about why you think it went this way and what you eventually learned from the experience.
- Write an essay about a time that you took advice even though you did not really believe in it. Explain what happened as a result of doing this, reflecting on what changed in you because of the experience.
- What is a time that someone meant to be helpful in giving you advice but their advice really did not help? In your essay, analyze the disconnect between the person's intent and their outcome.
- Have you ever followed advice that felt good and meaningful in one context, but did not work out in a different situation? Write an essay describing this contrast and what you learned from it.
Finally, students will also sometimes be asked to give advice to others. This section helps them articulate their own advice in organized essay format.
- What advice would you have to offer someone who was new to your school about navigating either academic or social life? Be as specific as you can and explain the reasons behind the advice you are giving.
- Imagine that you are offering advice to an adult who is trying hard to communicate with your generation. What two or three things are most important for them to understand?
- Offer advice to a younger kid who you feel has been making negative choices in his life, explaining what you think is most important and how they should ameliorate their choices.
- Imagine that you have been selected to advise the mayor of your city on how to make life better for young people. What three pieces of key advice would you give, and why?
- Write an essay describing the advice you would offer an author who is hoping to write a book that will be successful among people your age.
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