50 Engaging 6th Grade Writing Prompts for Thoughtful Essays

Narrative writing prompts, story starters, personal narrative prompts.

8. Think about your future self–where do you see yourself in 1 year? Write about it.

Reflective Writing Prompts

12. Take a walk in nature and describe what you see. What emotions does it evoke in you?

Informational Writing Prompts

Informational writing is an essential skill for middle-schoolers, especially as they head into high school and college, where they’ll be expected to write long-form essays rather than fiction. These informational writing prompts will give your students plenty of practice with this type of writing.

Expository Prompts

Research prompts.

22. What animals are on the verge of extinction?

Procedural Prompts

Argument writing prompts.

The next type of writing prompt is argument writing. Argumentative writing is a type of nonfiction writing that requires students to investigate a topic, collect evidence, and assess their findings to defend a point of view while also considering the perspectives of others.

Argumentative Essay Prompts

Persuasive prompts, poetry prompts, creative writing prompts, dust off those pencils and get ready to write .

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51 Great Sixth Grade Writing Prompts That Move Pens

Your sixth graders are guaranteed to have plenty of ideas to write about using these engaging sixth grade writing prompts.

Not only do these writing prompts for sixth graders prevent writer’s block, but they also help students reflect on personal experiences, sharpen writing skills, instill a love for writing, and encourage students to express their thoughts well.

So pencil into your lesson plan this week a few of these high-interest sixth grade writing prompts.

Sixth Grade Writing Prompts

1. Describe the hardest thing you have ever learned to do.

2. Write about a typical day from the perspective of a cell phone.

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in the sixth grade?

4. Give detailed instructions for how to download an app onto a cell phone.

5. Describe the best present you ever received.

6. Write about something that we can do to benefit the environment.

7. Would you rather live in the city or the country for the rest of your life? Explain.

8. Explain how to make a perfect score on a math test.

9. Write a letter to yourself at thirty years old.

10. Compose a story using these words: locker, box, secret, key

11. Write about a time you got really angry.

12. Describe how to win your favorite online game.

13. You get to have dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and Christopher Columbus. What questions would you ask them and why?

14. Write 10 words related to the human body. Then compose a poem with the words.

15. Do smartphones make people smarter? Explain.

16. How do you multiply two or three-digit numbers? Explain the steps for solving.

17. Write about your first-ever day of school.

18. Draft a new chapter for your favorite book or a new scene for your favorite movie.

19. What do you like best and least about responding to sixth grade writing prompts?

20. Write about the challenges and adventures of being a sixth grader.

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21. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

22. Design a bumper sticker that represents sixth grade.

23.  Describe a time you felt guilty.

24. What are the three best things about being a sixth grader?

25. Describe the plot of your favorite book to someone who has never read it without giving away any spoilers.

26. Should schools let students listen to music while doing their work? Explain.

27. Describe your life with no electricity.

28. What are the benefits of using text features when reading non-fiction books?

29. Describe your dream career.

30.  Write a letter to someone in another state explaining something special about where you live.

31. Describe the color green to a person who is blind.

32. Tell the characteristics of your favorite relative.

33. Write a letter to sixth graders encouraging them to volunteer at the local park this weekend collecting trash.

34. What are the similarities and differences between this grade level and the last?

35. The phrase between a rock and a hard place refers to making a decision where both outcomes are difficult. Write about a time you were stuck between a rock and a hard place.

36. Share a memory of your favorite vacation.

37. Explain to a 100-year-old person the steps for sending a text message.

38. Write an instructional manual for middle schoolers teaching how to play your favorite board game.

39. What steps are required in order to brush one’s teeth?

40. When surfing the TV, how do you finally decide on what to watch? What thinking goes on in your mind to help you decide?

41. Explain how to pass the most difficult level of your favorite video game.

42. Draft a biographical summary of your school.

43. Do you think sixth grade writing prompts should be included on standardized tests? Why or why not?

44. Compare and contrast yourself to a sibling or friend.

45. Brainstorm a few issues that your school faces. Now choose one, and write about the process you would take to solve the problem.

46. The headline of your local newspaper reads, “Food Fight at Local Diner Leads to Minor Injury! “. Write the story.

47. Write about a friend who you have become closer with over the past year.

48. Write about your favorite season of the year. Explain why it is your favorite.

49. Retell an experience you had with a natural disaster.

50. Write about a time that you put forth maximum effort in order to achieve a goal.

51. How did you acquire your academic strengths, and what measures can you take to improve your weaknesses?

Final Thoughts: Sixth Grade Writing Prompts

Now you have an assortment of sixth grade writing prompts that will motivate students to write from their hearts and with purpose.

For ideas on how to assess these 6th-grade writing prompts, see Common Core Language Arts for Sixth Grade.

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Are you looking for a fabulous collection of released writing prompts from state writing assessments? Would 114 PAGES of these released writing prompts be enough? If so, you have landed on the right page! Below you will find the finest collection of released writing prompts available. Nearly all the prompts are appropriate for elementary and middle school students, and there are quite a few designed specifically for high school students.

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What Types or Kinds of Writing are Students Required to Write on State Writing Assessments?

The best model for classifying writing is the Four Modes of Discourse model: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, and Argument . These Four Modes of Discourse are the Four Main Genres of Writing. However, on state writing tests you are likely to find a variety of different types of writing and writing prompts: persuasive, informative, imaginative, summarize, and response to literature writing prompts. Keep in mind that we can always classify all of these additional types of writing as one of the Four Main Genres (Four Modes of Discourse).

In the collections of released writing prompts below, you will find examples of all of these different types of writing prompts. ( Please Note : You will not find many examples of “summarize” and “respond to literature” prompts. These two types of prompts are built around and connected to a reading passage. As such, I have included a few examples of these types of prompts at the bottom of this page.)

What is the Value and Benefit of Released Writing Prompts?

The value and benefit of these released writing prompts can be far-reaching. Spending just a little time dissecting and analyzing these released writing prompts will have a very large payoff. The truth of writing assessments is that many students are off track before they even place their pencil on the paper. Many students completely miss the mark on what they are supposed to write. They write about what they thought they were supposed to write about, or they write about what they wish they had been asked to write about. It’s SO FRUSTRATING to see good writers miss the purpose and intent behind a writing prompt and get a poor score.

In other words, these released writing prompts from state writing assessments have more benefit than simply providing interesting topics to write about. (Once again, be sure to read “ Writing Prompt Structure and Keywords for State Writing Tests .” As well, check back for upcoming posts dealing with state writing assessments.)

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I’ve updated these links several times; people seem to move these files around quite a bit. As such, I’ve included a couple of sample prompts from each collection so that you can do a Google search for the prompts in case the link becomes broken. Enjoy!

Expository: Most teenagers have chores. Think about why it is important for teenagers to have chores. Now write to explain why it is important for teenagers to have chores.

Persuasive: The principal of your school does not agree with having students work in groups to do all their school work. Think about the reasons why students should work in groups to do all their school work. Now write to convince your principal whether students should work in groups to do all their school work.

6th Grade Narrative: Your teacher comes into the room and places a book on the desk. The book begins to move. Write about what adventure occurs when the book is opened and tell what you learn from this adventure.

6th Grade Persuasive: Many public places do not permit skateboarding/ bicycling/ rollerblading. Do you agree or disagree with this rule? Write to persuade community leaders to support your opinion.

9th Grade Informational: High school is the time when some students begin to look for part-time employment. What is a good part-time job for someone your age? Why would this job be appropriate for a teenager?

Elementary (Grades 3-4-5)

Narrative: Tell a true story about a time you really appreciated getting help from someone. You may have been given advice, given help with a project, been loaned something you needed, or given some other kind of help you appreciated.

Expository: Many people have an activity or hobby they like. Choose one of your favorite activities and explain it to someone who doesn’t know much about it.

Imaginative: Sometimes when people look at clouds in the sky they think they can see the shapes of animals, people, objects or other figures. Make up a story about one of these shapes coming to life.

Middle School (Grades 6-7-8)

Narrative: Many people influence us. Sometimes they introduce us to a new interest or hobby, or sometimes they affect our views on things. Think of someone who has had a significant influence on you and tell a true story about it.

Expository: Research shows that people communicate messages about who they are by the clothing they wear. Explain how and in what ways you think clothing sends messages to other people.

Persuasive: Think of something you would like to have changed or added in your school. It could relate to a school policy, a facility or building, or course offerings. Take a position on one specific issue and convince others to agree with you.

COLLECTION 4: Here is a collection just for high school students. It’s from the Georgia High School Writing Test; it’s seven pages and contains 57 detailed writing prompts. The prompts all seem to be argument writing prompts. Long before the Common Core State Standards placed argument in an elevated category, Georgia took argument writing very seriously!

Writing Situation: Many adolescents have difficulty making the move to high school. In response to this problem, the board of education has decided to require that all first year high school students attend an orientation workshop just before school begins. You have been selected to serve on the committee which will plan the orientation activities. Directions for Writing: Write a report to be presented to the workshop planning committee in which you make recommendations for the activities and information that should be part of the program to prepare students for high school. Support your recommendations.

Writing Situation: The business world has adopted the idea of cooperation and team work to increase productivity and solve problems. The belief is that teams can accomplish more than one person alone. Your English teacher has announced that your class might do major projects working in teams. If you had a choice, would you choose to work as a team or to work alone? Directions for Writing: Write a letter to your teacher convincing him or her that students should or should not work in teams. Include reasons and examples in support of your position.

COLLECTION 5:  These collections are all Word docs, so you will be prompted to save them. Please note that although they do not state that they are released writing prompts from state testing, they are.

Here is the main page, along with the four files you want to download. If this main page changes, you will still be able to find the prompts by Google searching these four terms. The doc files will almost certainly be in the number one position.

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Persuasive: Some schools have graduation ceremonies in the fifth and eighth grade before students have completed their education. What do you think of this?  Should students have graduation ceremonies before they finish all of their education? Think of some reasons to support your opinion. Now, write an essay to convince the reader of your point of view.

Persuasive: Many people are convinced that violence on TV influences children and teens to be violent in real life. Do you think that this is true? Do you think that the violence on TV is responsible for increased violence among today’s youth? Take a stand on this issue, and write an essay to convince your reader of your position on whether TV causes violence in real life.

Descriptive: Every person has a favorite place to play. Think of your favorite place to play. It may be your backyard, or a playground, or a nearby woods, or an open field. What does this place look like? What are the sounds you hear there? What does it feel and smell like? Describe your favorite place to play so that your reader can see it without being there.

Descriptive: Every child enjoys playing on a playground. Think of the playgrounds you have played in. Think of what makes them better. Maybe you’ve already seen it, but think of what makes the perfect playground. Think of how it looks, sounds, feels, and smells. Now, describe your idea of a perfect playground so that your reader can see it clearly.

Expository: We all get angry at times, but different people react in different ways. Some people show their anger openly, and some hide it within themselves. Explain and describe what you do when you get mad and how it affects you.

Expository: Games are fun and often teach us something as well. Think about your favorite game. Write a paper telling about your favorite game. Explain to the reader your reasons for enjoying it.

Expository: Everyone has responsibilities. Write a paper explaining a responsibility you have now or will have in the future and why you shoulder that responsibility.

Imaginative Narrative: On your birthday, a strange-looking lady came to your door and handed you a wrapped present. You rattled it. It made a noise. Write a story about this present.

Personal Narrative: Your teacher one day announced that your class was going on a wonderful field trip. Write a story about this field trip. In your story, you can have your class go anywhere you wish.

Summarize and Respond to Literature Prompts

Once again, you will not find many, or possibly any, of these two types of writing prompts in the collections of writing prompts found above. State writing assessments seldom ask students to respond to literature or summarize a text. That being said, both responding to literature and summarizing texts are extremely important writing skills. Furthermore, district writing assessments often require students to address these two types of writing prompts, and district writing assessments are considerably more common than state writing assessments.

As such, here are a few examples illustrating what these writing prompts usually like look like on writing assessments. Remember, both of these types of writing prompts require that students read an article or passage. It’s interesting to note that the actual prompts are usually quite short and quite simple. Reason being, reading and analyzing the text is an added layer of complexity. For this reason, the prompts ALWAYS ask students just ONE THING. Take a look!

Respond to Literature Example Prompts

♦  Read the story. What message about life is the author trying to communicate to the reader? Be sure to use specific examples from the story to support your answer.

♦  Based on the story “Down and Out,” how can the reader tell that life during the Great Depression was a struggle? Use specific examples from the passage to support your answer.

♦  Do you think “Time for Tea and Crumpets” is a good title for this story? Why or why not? Be sure to use details from the story to support your answer.

Write a Summary Example Prompt

♦  Write a summary of the article. Be sure to:

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The Office of Student Assessment, in collaboration with the Office of Elementary Education, has released NEW Writing Prompt documents using previously tested, retired writing prompts.

These documents will focus on student constructed responses for the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) Grade 3-8 and End-of-Course writing assessments. They will provide knowledge of the scoring process for local and/or regional professionals to help guide classroom instruction.

The purpose of these documents is to:

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Please note that due to test bank restrictions, all types of writing modes are not included in this release. Prompts from any writing standard could be selected for the spring assessments.

Please contact Melissa Beck at [email protected] with any questions.

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100 Creative 6 th Grade Writing Prompts

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6th Grade Writing Worksheets (Free Printables)

You asked and we listened. Printable 6th grade writing worksheets are here. Writing is an important part of a child’s education. What they learn as a child and how they learn it will stick with them throughout the rest of their lives.

Writing Worksheet Printables for Grade 6

Are your 6th-graders writing or journaling on a regular basis? I hope so! Journaling helps students work out problems on paper, create new ideas, and work through feelings and emotions in a constructive way. It also provides an outlet for students to experiment creatively with their writing style and to develop a process of healthy, daily reflections.

To help support you in your efforts to provide children with the writing skills they need, we offer you the following free writing resources. Some of the resources are writing worksheets and others are printables. We also share a link to our favorite writing worksheets resource for sixth graders.

If you need fun ways to support your child’s writing skill development, you have come to the right place. We welcome you and hope you enjoy the resources on our blog.

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6th Grade Journal Prompts — Here you will find a wonderful list of 31 prompts and writing ideas for your grade 6 child.

As sixth graders enter middle school and prepare to become teenagers, many kids find themselves struggling to understand their emotions and to express their changing, unique personalities.  It’s a tough time, for sure, but journaling can help students make sense of their experiences and reflect on who they are and where they’re heading next in life.

As your sixth graders explore what inspires them about their heroes and complete writing exercises like a poem about their favorite day of the year, they will become more confident in their thoughts and opinions—and most importantly, they will also enjoy an incredible opportunity to express themselves freely. 

Use these 6th-grade journaling prompts to give your students a safe, comfortable space to consider their thoughts and opinions without worrying about judgment from others!

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33 Writing Prompts for Middle School: 6th Graders

Sixth grade is a big year—and as your students enter middle school for the first time and begin looking toward high school, it’s more important than ever before to introduce them to activities that promote healthy reflection and self-expression.

Without a doubt, journaling is one of the best tools to guide students through this time of exciting changes and new responsibilities. These new 6th-grade writing prompts are designed to help students think critically about some of the most important issues they face in today’s world. 

With questions on topics like bullying and Internet usage, your students will have the chance to reflect on what it means to be a teenager today and how popular culture influences their lives.  Additionally, each time students write and reflect, they’ll also become more comfortable expressing their own unique ideas and thoughts—and they’ll experience greater self-esteem as a result.

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Let’s Write Creatively

Creative writing sounds inherently as though it should be easy—after all, the word “creative” expresses a sense of freedom and possibility that other, more restrictive forms of writing don’t have.

However, sometimes the lack of boundaries makes it even more difficult to begin writing. Kids are sometimes confused by assignments that don’t have many rules, and they may struggle to begin writing creatively.

The following five tips get the creativity flowing and encourage kids to think outside the page.

1. Promote New Experiences

Encourage kids to pursue other interests besides writing. While it might seem counter-intuitive that the first creative writing tip suggests doing anything but writing, alternative experiences actually promote greater creativity once students return to their desks.

Kids who struggle with writing can find inspiration by enjoying their favorite activities and trying new things. Exposure to a different group of people or a fresh sport offers new perspectives for writing.

 2. Don’t Worry About Perfection

Perfection is the greatest enemy of creative writers everywhere. When a person writes about things that matter deeply to him or her, it’s only natural to care about the quality of the finished product. However, people shouldn’t worry about perfection during the early stages of writing.

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Students who worry too much about getting a sentence exactly right may become frustrated easily and associate the negativity they feel with writing as a whole. Instead, encourage students to write freely at first and to get as many ideas down as possible. They can go back later and correct mistakes during the editing process.

3. Write about What You Love

Though you might be tempted to give students a particular writing assignment, sometimes it’s best to sit back and let them write about whatever they love most.

Allow students to take a general topic and spin it in any direction that interests them. Most kids will have much more to say and will feel more comfortable writing when they are able to discuss familiar and enjoyable topics.

4. Focus on the Senses

Sensory writing is interesting writing—and focusing on the senses can also help students who are struggling to get started. Give students a setting or situation and ask them to describe what a character experiences through the lens of the five senses. What does the view look like? What noises does the character hear—shouting or the rustling of leaves? Are there any smells in the air? Can the character taste anything—flavored lip balm or perhaps a delicious apple pie? What is the character touching?

5. Set Small Goals

Small, realistic goals for assignments also help kids who are struggling with creative writing. Encourage kids to write for 10 minutes daily or to compose one or two paragraphs. With an end goal in sight, even students who dislike writing will know what they can expect and will have an easier time completing the task. As students get more comfortable with writing, you can slowly increase the length of assignments—and watch as their creativity increases at the same time.

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Until next time, keep on practicing those writing skills with your sixth graders…

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35 Meaningful 6th Grade Writing Prompts

May 28, 2021 //  by  Sean Kivi

Some students start to lose interest in writing in middle school , but this is a critical period for writing and an excellent time to help students discover themselves. Students want to be heard at this age, so we need engaging, and thought-provoking writing prompts to help with this.  We have compiled a list of fun writing topics that will elicit emotional and meaningful pieces of writing for your students . Use these 35 sixth grade writing prompts to help your students develop their voices and opinions in writing .

1. How was your first hospital experience?

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2. Write a poem about a time that you felt outraged.

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3. Should we teach math in school? Why or why not?

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4. Do you think college is worth it? Why or why not?

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5. What would you do if you could not use the internet for a month?

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6. What would you do if cell phones stopped working tomorrow?

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7. How can we stop an asteroid from hitting the Earth?

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8. If you could, would you go to live on an alien planet?

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9. How do you think leaves would look if they could grow on Mars? Why?

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10. Write a letter to a friend convincing them to go skydiving.

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11. Why do you think there are more insects than mammals?

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12. If you could build an ecosystem, how would it be?

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13. Interview a grandparent and report how life was different when they were growing up.

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14. Interview a doctor and report their experience in the hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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15. Can plants grow in space? Why or why not?

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16. How would the world function without the internet for a day?

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17. What do you value most about your family?

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18. Who is the most important person in your life?

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19. What would you do if you were the only person on the planet?

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20. What would you do if you had unlimited money?

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21. Would you ever get a tattoo? Why or why not?

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22. If you owned a country, how would it be?

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23. Can you tell me a time that you wished you could trade places with another person?

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24. Which Harry Potter house do you think best suits your personality and why?

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25. Whales don’t sing as much as before because of noise from boars on water. Write a journal response explaining how we can help the whales sing again.

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26. Are scorpions spiders or insects? Why?

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27. Do blobfish look the same on land as they do at the bottom of the ocean? Why or why not?

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28. Do you think time is real? Why or why not?

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29. Which do you value more? Time or money? Why?

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30. If you had to lose one sense, which would you choose to lose and why?

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31. Write a journal entry outlining what your response to COVID would be if you were president.

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32. What is your favorite childhood memory, and why?

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33. Would you rather live a short meaningful life or a long boring life? Why?

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34. Convince me that online learning is better than learning in a classroom. 

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35. How was your first year of middle school? Why?

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Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.

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The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. 

As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they’re involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing “PERSONAL” above some entries that they don’t want anyone to read. We all need to let scraggly emotions run free in our prose sometimes.

If your class uses daybooks (an approach recommended in Thinking Out Loud: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning ), wait for composition notebooks to go on sale at Target, the Dollar Store, or Walmart for $0.50 a piece. To organize the daybook, direct young writers to leave the first three pages blank and number and date each entry—adding these entries to a table of contents that they create as they work so they can return to specific entries later. 

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After they’ve finished an entry, ask students to read their work aloud or exchange daybooks for a read-around. If you give the entries written feedback, show that their work is respected by using a sticky note or scratch paper. 

You might also incorporate background writing music one day a week—say on “Music Monday.” For some examples of music you might use in class, Pitchfork has an article called “ The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time .” My favorite album for composing is the Birdy soundtrack by Peter Gabriel—a good one for older kids. Other Edutopia staff and bloggers like writing to Coffitivity , Noisli , Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Alcest’s Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde .

Don’t forget to write along with your students. Why should they have all the fun?

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