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Curriculum,  Writing

50 Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

There can never be too many writing prompts. I think writing is something that every student should constantly work to improve. It really isn’t the focus in middle school classrooms anymore. But, I always try to bring in a fun prompt here and there to get my students’ creative juices flowing. Here are some fun writing prompts I’ve come up with!

25 Personal Narrative Writing Prompts:

  1. Write about a difficult time in your life and how you overcame that situation.
  2. What are your goals and how do you plan to accomplish them?
  3. Describe your favorite room and why you like it so much.
  4. Pick 5 objects from your personal belongings and use them to tell a story about your life.
  5. What is a great memory you have from your childhood?
  6. What is a not-so-great memory you have from your childhood?
  7. Write a “Where I’m From” poem.
  8. What can older people learn from your generation?
  9. If you could give advice to the younger you, what would it be and why?
  10. If you could be famous, what would you want to be famous for and why?
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Bonus Picture Prompt #1: Write a story that takes place in this village.
  1. What is your dream vacation?
  2. Who is the most important person to you and how have they influenced you?
  3. If you could live next door to any celebrity, who would it be and why? What would you say to that neighbor?
  4. What is something you wish people knew about you but don’t?
  5. What motivates you to keep going every day?
  6. When you feel down or upset, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
  7. If you could be any animal (real or mythical) for a day, what animal would it be and why? What would you do as this animal?
  8. Is there something you wish you could have told someone but didn’t get the chance? If given the opportunity, what would you say now?
  9. What are you afraid of? How do you conquer your fears?
  10. What is your personal mascot? Why?
  11. Do you think you and your peers are too reliant on technology?
  12. What have you learned from playing video games? Can you apply these skills to the classroom or the real world?
  13. Should teenagers be allowed to post pictures of themselves online?
  14. Does homework help you learn?
  15. What makes you want to participate in class? What stops you from participating in the class?
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Bonus Picture Prompt #2: Write a story about what is happening or what they see in this picture.

25 Creative Writing Prompts:

  1. Use the last 10 text messages you sent to write a story.
  2. Imagine a perfect world, and write a story about what that would look like, feel like, sound like, taste like, and how it smells.
  3. There is a loud crash from the room upstairs… what happened?
  4. Write about a character who has a magical power that doesn’t work or gets them into trouble.
  5. Create a made up world. Describe what it looks like, the creatures that live there, what kind of people there are, what they eat/drink, and do for fun.
  6. Someone has been following you for a few days and when you finally catch up with them who are they and what do they want?
  7. Write yourself into your favorite movie or book. Who are you and how do you change the plot?
  8. Create the ultimate villain.
  9. Create the ultimate hero.
  10. Write a story about this villain and hero.
  11. Write a poem about your favorite food. Make it rhyme.
  12. You wake up one morning and the whole world around you is gone, write what happens next.
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Bonus Picture Prompt #3: Write a story about this picture.
  1. Write a story about someone who can only see one color.
  2. Pick a piece of furniture in the classroom and write a story featuring that piece of furniture or write a poem about the furniture.
  3. There is a monster that has been haunting the woods. Describe this monster and what it wants.
  4. Write about a parallel universe where you are you but with everything you’ve ever wanted.
  5. Write about about an animal that can talk to humans.
  6. You find a magic lamp with a genie who grants you three wishes. Write a story about the three wishes and how they change your life.
  7. Create a character who can time travel and write a story about their adventures.
  8. Find a quote you like and write a poem inspired by this quote.
  9. Create a restaurant for the characters in the book your reading now. Develop a menu for this restaurant based on this book.
  10. “Don’t drop the dog!” Write a story that has this line somewhere in it.
  11. A yellow rubber duck, bananas, a bowtie, and a tabby cat. Create a story with these objects.
  12. A fishing hook, a lemon, and a flashlight. Create a story with these objects.
  13. A character is digging in the backyard and finds an ancient civilization buried in his yard. Write the story.


I hope you have enjoyed trying out some of these writing prompts. Please leave some of your own writing prompt suggestions in the comments below. I’d love to try them out!

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