There is an MTV show called The Buried Life. The show is about four guys who are on a mission to accomplish a list of things they want to do before they die. As they travel around crossing off items from their list, they also help someone do something on their list. They always end the show with, if we were to come to your town and asked you, if you had one day to live, what would you do? Would you know what to say?
I went to youtube and grabbed a video of the intro of the show and showed it to my students. I used it as a writing spark, and they loved compiling their list. This was a spark I also really enjoyed writing and sharing with them. I loved looking back through my past bucket lists I have made and seeing how my items have changed as I have grown.
If you don’t want your student to compile a list, you could also just use the writing spark- if you had one day to live, what would you do?