Open-Ended Tasks: Prompts

Prompts for creating open-ended tasks

The prompts below are offered as starting points for creating open-ended learning experiences of any size in any subject:

  • How would ________ be different if ________ ?
  • How is ________ like _________? [forced relationship]
  • What do you think _________ will be like in 50/100/?? years?
  • If you were a _________, how would you help (an inventor, a person in history or a character in a story or novel)?
  • The answer is _______. What might the question have been?
  • How would you feel if _________? Explain what would make you feel that way.
  • What would it be like to _________?
  • What would your life be like if _________?
  • Design a _________ to __________.
  • Create a _________ to promote __________.
  • What is one possible solution to (some problem or dilemma in history, your school or literature)?
  • List all of the ways to _________ that __________ might __________.
  • Identify/list every __________ you can think up/imagine.
  • Generate a list of any/all/every ….
  • Write all of the ways you can think of to ….
  • List any advantages/disadvantages to ….
  • Give (some number) of reasons __________ might ___________.
  • Develop a way to ….
  • Design a house/home/habitat for ….
  • What if …?
  • What would happen if …?
  • Where could …?
  • When might …?
  • Describe what would happen if you combined a/the __________ with a/the __________.
  • What (some number) questions would you (most) like to ask ___________?
  • What makes ___________ (worthwhile, risky, scary, funny….)?
  • Invent a __________ to help ___________ with ___________.
  • What are the implications/consequences of ____________ for ____________?
  • Think of another way ____________ could have ___________’d.
  • Prepare a (product) to convince ___________ to ___________.
  • Why do you think ____________?
  • Come up with new and unusual uses for ___________.
  • Describe (some number) of changes you would recommend/make to __________ to make it/them (funnier, faster, more beautiful, more efficient, more economical, more impressive, better for young children, suitable for adults, suitable for people with visual impairments….). Put them in a polite letter to _________.