Science Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

The many fields of science can make for a wide variety of paper topics. Take a look at some ideas that can be used to kickstart your imagination alongside online materials you can use to research science basics.

What Science Topic Should I Write About?

When it comes to essay topics, the world of science is your oyster. Anything from biology to chemistry to physics might appeal to you, but if you can't decide which area of science to write about, here are some ideas to help focus your writing.

The Real World vs. Sci-Fi

Think about some of the great science fiction films and TV shows that have come and gone in the last few decades. What impact have these had on the real world and on scientific research? How accurate have their portrayals of outer space been, and how far ahead of their time were some of the older ones? Have there been vast improvements in storytelling and effects? Do the classics still hold up?

Famous Scientists

Imagine you can travel back in time to have a conversation with a famous scientist. Explain the effects his or her scientific contributions have had on life in the present day. What would this person's reaction be, and what kind of questions would he or she ask?

The Distant Future

Try to envision the planet a thousand years from now. Will life as we know it still exist, and how did we manage to make it this far if so? If the planet cannot sustain the human race, what happened to make it so? What kinds of animals still live, and have new species been discovered along the way? Are there other planets capable of supporting life?

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Consider using's self-guided science classes to help strengthen your paper's content. Each of these middle school science courses includes illustrated video lessons and quizzes to help you learn or review important concepts in the areas of:

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