My 9th grade Pre-AP English students LOVE this essay prompt on Tragic Heroes and tragic flaws! (Or, they at least become much more invensted in this writing assignment than most throughout the year.) After using my "Tragic Heroes P.P. Presentation" while they take notes on tragic heroes, I assign this essay to my students. Typically, we have just enough time in class for them to create a short rough draft of their essay, and then they go home and research/write the actual essay and bring it back next class.
This tragic heroes writing prompt is perfect for high school English classes, and could even work with some direction in middle school English classes. Prompt includes information on Tragic Heroes and the assignment, along with how to cite in MLA format.