Writing Prompts for Middle School

Scratching your head when it comes to engaging writing prompts? Check out a list of prompts designed for middle school classes, which includes topics for persuasive writing, expository writing, how-to essays, personal narratives, and responses to literature and nonfiction text.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the prompts as warm-up writing activities
  • Encourage your class to keep a journal, in which they can write about the specified prompt or a topic of their choice for homework
  • After your class finished a set of prompts, have them choose their favorite one and develop the short answer into a full essay
Classroom Considerations

  • Four of the prompts require specific texts for learners to respond to in their writing, but with a few modifications you could make them more relevant to the fiction and nonfiction texts in your curriculum
Pros

  • Provides 31 writing prompts, which should get you through several weeks of instruction
  • Each prompt is versatile and applicable to learners of all reading levels
Cons

  • None