In Class Essay Prompt Ideas For Middle School

Fun Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers— Middle school writing skills are essential to building a solid educational foundation in children. To help reinforce the habit of regular writing it is essential to show kids that writing in school can be fun. Journaling is one way to do so. Journal writing is a fabulous way to reinforce your child’s middle school writing practice because it is creative, versatile and easy to implement into lesson plans. 

There is much evidence to support the fact that journal writing will help children to develop their skills of explanation, to improve their writing, and to solve problems in interesting ways.  As your kids write, they’ll learn things about themselves they never knew before, and they just might even become fascinated by the way the words and ideas come together on paper.

 31 Fun Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

1. Create your own holiday.  What would you celebrate?  How could you get others to join in the fun?

2. Would you rather hang out by yourself after school or with friends?

3. If you could end any one problem in the world, what would it be?  Why?

4. What does it feel like to be wrong?

5. Write about three values that are important to your family.

6. Could you ever be a vegetarian?  Why or why not?

7. If someone wrote a book about you, what would it be about?

8. What does it mean to be a feminist?

9. Write a poem about your favorite activity or hobby.

10. Write about the best vacation you ever took.

11. Write about a time when someone helped you.  How did you feel afterward?

12. Do you prefer to read books that are parts of series or standalone books?  Why?

13. Would you rather jump out of a plane or go scuba diving?  Why?

14. Write a poem about love—what does it mean?

15. What is your favorite TV show?  What do you like about it?

16. How would your best friend describe you?

17. What is your favorite way to be creative?

18. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea?  Why do you think that is?

19. Why do we give respect to senior citizens and people who are our elders?

20. Write a poem about your classroom.

21. Would you rather paint or sculpt?  Why?

22. How would you like to help in our community?

23. If you could throw a party for all your friends, what would it be like?  Where would you hold it?  What would you do?  Who would come?

24. What is your favorite thing to do at recess on a nice day?

25. Write about the most important thing in your life.
26. Write a poem about spring flowers.

27. If you could live inside any video game, which would you choose?  Why?

28. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

29. Write about a goal you accomplished recently.  How did you feel when you finished it?

30. Write about a rule at school or at home that you don’t like.  How would you replace it?

31. Write about something your parents always tell you.

We hope you enjoyed this list of fun writing prompts for middle school students. Until next time, write on…

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In middle school, the use of writing prompts are a wondrous thing. Those simple sentences propel students into unleashing their creativity, understanding their core values and rethinking some of their past actions. They’re still coming of age so their responses can be emotional and insightful—for you and the student. Writing prompts are one of the most effective ways to develop confident writers who enjoy the process. We rounded up 24 of the best writing prompts for middle school students who are still finding their writing voice!

1. Uncover their hidden strengths

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Write a narrative about a time when you did something you thought you could not do. Be sure to include specific details so that a reader can follow your story.


2. Let them take the reins

Attach an image (photo, magazine, etc.) to a notebook page and write about it.


3. Have them daydream about the not-so-distant future

Imagine a future in which we each have a personalized robot servant. What would yours be like? Describe what it would do and the features it would have.


4. Allow their creativity and core values to intersect

Create a brand new holiday with its own traditions, rituals, foods, and activities.


5. Let them map out their long term goals and life plans

Make your bucket list for the next five years, the next ten years, and for life.


 6. Put their family life at the front of their minds.

Think about hospitality in your family. What’s it like to have guests in your house? Do you prefer to have friends to your house or to go to a friend’s house?


7. Have them think about traits that are important to possess in today’s world

Write about someone who has no enemies. Is it even possible?


8. In a world of a “fake news”—where do they stand?

Can honesty honestly be bad? Write about someone, fact or fiction, who gets in trouble for being too truthful.


9. Reinforce the importance books have in their lives

Remember a favorite book from your childhood. Write a scene that includes you and an old copy of that book you find somewhere.


10. Explore the weight that words hold between two people

William Shakespeare wrote that: “Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.” Write your thoughts about conversation, or make up dialogue between two characters who are meeting each other for the first time in an unexpected place.


11. Have them evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to be

You have a chance to go back and completely re-do an event in your life. What is it, and how to you change it? What is the outcome? This can be a real or fictional event.


12. Let pop culture intersect with their school life

You get to guest star on a TV show. What show is it? What happens in this particular episode?


13. Put them in an unusual, highly unlikely situation

Write a poem entitled “Hitchhiking on a Saturday Afternoon.”


14. Let them dive deep into the influence they want to have with their friends

Persuade a friend to give up drugs.


15. Take one line, watch a million different possibilities unfold

“Did she actually just say that?” Write a scene that includes this line.


16. Stretch their brain and pun power

Create a menu from a fictitious restaurant. Make sure the restaurant has a theme, such as Classic Books, and the food should all be given appropriate names (e.g., “Mockingbird Pie”).


17. Find out how they connect with their community

List the most attractive things about your current hometown. Now list the most unattractive things.


18. Take on the ultimate “what-if” scenario . . . one everyone secretly dreams of . . .

What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?


19. Unleash good vibes

Write a list of at least 50 things that make you feel good.


20. Have them question everything

Begin a list of questions that you’d like to have answered. They may be about the future or the past.


21. Take on their passions

What’s, if anything, would you be willing to fight or even die for? Explain your answer.


22. Make some music

Make a soundtrack for your life so far. List songs that describe you or different times of your life. (Make the actual soundtrack on Spotify, etc. too!)


23. Dig into their integrity

Did you ever stick up for someone?


24. Ask a simple question that may provoke surprising answers

What is it like to go shopping with your mother or another person in your family?


What do you think are the best writing prompts for middle school students? We’d love to add to this list. Please share in the comments.



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