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100 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

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Looking for some inspiration for your next short story? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 100 creative writing prompts for middle school to help you get started. Chose your favorite story idea from the list of creative writing prompts below and get started right now.

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Why Story Starters and Writing Prompts Work

Writing is a complex skill. Not only do the hands of middle school students still cramp up when they write for more than a nanosecond, but they have to synthesize many new writing skills at once.

Young writers must generate creative writing ideas, assess their ideas to choose the best one, determine a compelling beginning, middle, and end, outline their story, write several drafts, and edit their own work. These are all necessary skills that must be developed, yes, but if we can isolate them, focusing on one or two at a time, we make it easier for middle school children to conquer each skill.

With writing prompts, they have lots of fun writing ideas to choose from. This takes away the stress of having to come up with their own high-concept idea. (And while these prompts only help with writing-induced stress, we recommend these tips for how to relieve stress in general. Being stressed doesn’t go well with creative writing.)

When they have a starting point to work from, writing gets a lot easier. Instead of spending a long time feeling frustrated about a lack of ideas, students can jump right in and write their first sentence. Even reluctant writers tend to get more excited about writing when presented with irresistible story-writing prompts.

In short, the best thing about using these fun writing prompts is that middle schoolers are more likely to fall in love with writing when they have a great time doing it.

Who Should Use These Story Writing Prompts

While these have been prepared with middle school and high school students in mind, many of them are also applicable to adult writers. Most of the prompts below will be too advanced or complex for most elementary school students, though some older kids from the lower grades, especially those with a real passion for writing, might find a few that peak their interest.

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Writing Prompts for Stories That Start Out Just Like Any Other Day

  • I tiptoed into the bathroom. If anyone caught me doing this, I’d be in big trouble. I grabbed my mother’s lipstick and brought it back to my bedroom where my brother slept…
  • I peeked through the curtains. There was a limo parked outside with two bodyguards. I heard a knock at the door…
  • I went over to say hello to the cute little baby under the umbrella, but when I reached her, I saw that…
  • The bell rang, and I sprinted toward my locker. I had to get out of there before…
  • I opened the front door to find the UPS man standing on the front stoop, his arm around a cylindrical package that was almost as tall as him. Oh no. Not again, I thought…
  • Irene gripped her mom’s hand harder as they walked through the doors of the imposing gray building. Her mom had promised her they’d never have to come here again, but…
  • The lights dimmed and the curtains opened. I felt like I was going to throw up. Why had I ever thought this was a good idea?…
  • As soon as I boarded the train, I began my letter to my sister.  I did it. I sold everything and am on my way to…
  • A kid’s birthday party seemed like an innocent enough place to blend in and relax for a moment. It’s been a while since I stopped moving. But when the balloon popped…
  • I sat down at my desk and sifted through the mail that had been placed in front of my computer. All junk, of course. I was about to dump it all in the recycling bin when I saw my favorite magazine at the bottom of the pile. Tossing the rest aside, I snatched it up, but something unexpected fell out from between the pages…
  • We were canoeing across the inlet when we noticed some unusual movement alongside the boat. A whale was surfacing next to us. Another one followed closely behind. Suddenly, our boat was being lifted out of the water and…
  • The Instagram account I created for my hamster just went viral and he’s getting calls with job offers from around the world, only …
  • At first, we thought the box contained the water guns we ordered online, so we tore it open eagerly, ready to load them up. Instead, what we saw inside completely changed everything.
  • I got off the boat furious and trembling. I was never getting back on there again, not with him at least. There was no way I was going to let him…
  • The pancakes were perfect—round and golden, soft but a little crispy near the edges. I slathered them in maple syrup and fruit. But then mom went to the fridge and took out the whipped cream, giving me an apologetic look as she did so. It was a treat, a very special one, and she only ever brought it out if…
  • We sat around the campfire in eerie silence, nobody wanting to bring up our predicament. Everything was going to have to come out anyway, we might as well get it over with. I was just about to clear my throat when I noticed Sam and Layla standing apart from the group, whispering. What were they plotting now?
  • I’d always wanted to be brave like my brother Simon. He wasn’t afraid of anything. I remember once, when he was younger, he…
  • We walked through the garden one last time, knowing we’d never return to this house again. I waved goodbye to each flower bed, to the apple tree that I’d climbed innumerable times as a child. I wanted to scream. Why were they making me…
  • My dad used to tell me these crazy stories when I was a kid. His life seemed so bizarre to me, but his sense of humor was mysterious, like I could never tell when fact blended into fiction. I still don’t know which ones to believe, like that one about…
  • Shivering, I tried to open the door of my car, but it was frozen shut. I looked up and scanned the parking lot to make sure nobody had seen me. Why did it have to be this freezing, today of all days? What if they…

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Writing Prompts for Stories That Start with Dialogue

  • “Drink it, quick!” I looked at the bottle. The contents were unlike any I’d ever seen. I closed my eyes and drank it in one gulp…
  • “Five more minutes,” my dad grunted, as I tried to pull him out of bed. “Dad, they’re here–we have to go!”
  • “Shh…” I said frantically, as Robin’s wheelchair squeaked again. “Don’t you know how much trouble we’ll be in if they find us…”
  • “Put me down!” I yelled as I was hoisted into the air by a giant…
  • “Stop it!” I cried as my little sister snatched my phone from the desk and tried to eat it. I couldn’t run the risk of anyone seeing the words I’d etched into the back of it, the ones that would save my life if anyone ever…
  • “Have you ever driven one of these before?” I asked James, trying not to let him see how nervous I was. “Is it safe?”
  • “Are you coming or not?” he demanded as he took a few steps further into the…
  • “Is there anyone in there?” I wondered aloud, staring up at the gothic castle. “The letter said they’d meet us…”
  • “We finally did it!” I exclaimed to my lab partner. “We’ve invented a cream that actually makes people more beautiful. We are going to be so rich!”
  • You have just five dollars to your name, and you decide to spend it on lunch at your favorite fast food joint. Just as you’re about to pay, a boy not much older than you leans in and whispers to you, “Hold onto your money. I’ll show you how to turn that five dollars into five grand.”
  • You’re standing in line at a coffee shop when you spot a shiny coin on the ground. You bend down to pick it up, but a big black boot stomps down on it just before your fingers grasp it. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” a deep voice warns.
  • “I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news,” she began, her arms crossed nervously over her chest. “You didn’t get in.” When I raised my eyebrows at her, she added, “And there’s more…”
  • He patted my hand reassuringly and said, “It’s okay, you can trust me,” in that voice of his that I’d learned meant I really couldn’t. “All you have to do is…”
  • “It’s for you!” she called, after answering the phone. When I went to take it from her, she covered the mouthpiece and whispered menacingly, “This better not be about what I think it’s about, got it?”
  • “I should have listened to you,” Greg acknowledged, as he lay curled up on the grass, his clothes caked in mud. “You were right about…”
  • “How could you?” I asked in disbelief. “After everything we’ve been through, I thought you were the one person I could trust. I can’t believe you…”
  • I kicked at the dust with my shoe. Her question had caught me off guard. I wasn’t prepared to answer it, not yet. I tried to stall. “Remember that time when…”
  • “Okay, okay, I’m here,” I said, rolling my eyes for effect. “What was this important news that you had to drag me away from pizza night for?”
  • “It’s okay, you can come out, you don’t have to be afraid. Here, take my hand.” The hand that reached out toward me was like any I’d ever seen before.
  • “Let go!” I screamed at the man holding me in a headlock. I tried to kick his shins, but he just grunted and held tight.  Think quick , I told myself.  Time is running out. If only…

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Writing Prompts with an Element of Suspense

  • Estella ran down the trail, her dog, Gerard, several feet ahead of her. A gust of wind ripped through the forest and a loud crack on her left caught her attention. She watched the tree fall, then turned back to the trail, but Gerard was gone…
  • The light started to flicker, first blue, then white. I looked around for a way out, but I was trapped. I guess I’d have to resort to the backup plan…
  • The footprints in the snow were fresh. They veered off the path and into the woods. I had to make a choice. It was now or never.
  • I tiptoed down the stairs of the prison. I had to break her out of here before…
  • It was really hot that day, so I went to my favorite lake. I was about to jump into the cool water when a big splash in the middle of the lake sent ripples over the water. Something was in there. Something…
  • My sister and I entered the fairgrounds suspiciously. The note we’d found had said that the mystery person would be here at five, and it was half-past four. We weren’t taking any chances. We had to find him before…
  • Ellen squeezed down the narrow aisle of the plane looking for row M. She stuffed her backpack under the seat in front of her with her feet and buckled up. As the plane lifted off the ground, the pilot welcome them aboard their flight to Iceland. Wait, what? This wasn’t the flight to…?
  • I walked out of the interview, still holding my breath. This was my dream job and I was afraid that the smallest of breaths would cause me to wake up. I exited the building and a little girl approached me. “The job’s yours,” she said, somewhat prophetically. “All you have to do is…”
  • Last night, I was taking a nap on the couch when the phone rang. When I answered it, the voice on the other end said, “Will you accept a collect call from Brazil?” I started to panic, was this the call John has warned me about? I answered it with trepidation…
  • It was my seventeenth birthday, and I’d been planning the party for months. Everything was perfect: the decorations were over the top, the food catered by my favorite restaurant, and every cool kid in school was there. The only problem? I was stuck in…
  • The shelves in the used bookstore climbed higher than I could see, I’d never seen so many books before in my life. I climbed the rolling ladder to get a better look. Just then, a woman approached and held out a thick, red leather-bound tome. “This is one you seek,” she called out to me. “Look no further. This one will…
  • I was sitting at a bus stop when a little girl came up to me and gave me a small box. It started trembling in my hands but when I looked up to ask her what it was, she’d disappeared.
  • I tiptoed into the haunted house, looking both ways to see what was in it. As my eyes adjusted to the light, I saw…
  • I was about to enter my house when I saw a little dog running down the street toward the busy intersection. There was nobody with him. Without thinking, I took off after him and…
  • A loud crash sent me thundering down the stairs to the kitchen. Wolf, my rottweiler was greedily licking lasagna off the tiled floor. Not unusual in and of itself, but what caught my eye was the shiny silver thing glinting underneath the tomato sauce. Was that what I thought it was?…
  •  It was well past dark and I was the last person in the library. It was eerily quiet, except for a faint tapping sound coming from the next aisle. I moved cautiously toward the end of the row and peeked my head around the corner…
  • I was running out of time. They’d said they’d give me until sundown, and that was only a few hours away. I had to…
  • That’s odd , I thought to myself as I reached the next landing and glanced up at the next set of stairs. I don’t remember there being another set of stairs here before. Is this what the old man was talking about when he said…
  • The computer beeped again. It was now pinging six times per minute. Whoever was sending these messages was getting impatient, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to find out why.
  • I woke up yesterday in a tree, without even a sweater to keep me dry. The weird thing is…

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Writing Prompts that Ask “What If?”

  • What if every character you wrote automatically came to life and a foreign government was after you to make spies for them?
  • What if a family member you’d never met left you a parcel of land in Norway, but when you got there you realized it was an enchanted forest?
  • What if your parents came home from work tonight and told you they were sending you to boarding school?
  • What if you were eating breakfast alone at your kitchen table when a newscaster interrupted your favorite TV show to break the story of a missing person, and the missing person was you?
  • What if you could live in Ikea for a month?
  • What if a cruise ship full of celebrities got stuck at sea for two weeks?
  • What if you were in a museum and discovered a stack of letters describing the location of a buried treasure in your hometown?
  • What if you were cast as the lead in an opera but you’d faked your way into the role and didn’t actually know how to sing?
  • What if a child saw her parents stealing, but chose to keep it a secret so that she wouldn’t be separated from them?
  • What if someone offered you the gift of being the best painter in the world, but in return, you could never stop painting?
  • What if your pet was elected mayor of your city?
  • What if you were an Uber driver in a world where people travel by hot air balloon instead of by car?
  • What if you found a time machine, traveled back in time to ancient Egypt, and discovered that their world was even more modernized than ours and included more advanced technology but that they’d destroyed all evidence of these advances in an effort to protect future generations from making the same devastating decisions that they had?
  • What if a screenwriter approached you about making a movie about your life, but every time she interviewed you, she completely ignored every answer you gave and made up her own?
  • What if you could type 1000 words per minute and could write a new novel every hour?
  • What if you woke up tomorrow morning speaking five new languages that you’d never heard before, only to discover that you’d been recruited by international spies and they’d filled your brain with secrets and information while you were sleeping?
  • What if you could never leave high school, but instead had to keep coming back year after year to try and get perfect grades before you were allowed to move on?
  • What if your parents were taking you on a dream vacation to Europe, but they got kidnapped at an airport and you had to navigate new countries on your own while trying to save them?
  • What if you invented a new tool that could clean your whole house in fifteen minutes and you became a millionaire overnight?
  • What if you were reading a list of writing prompts, and you realized that every sentence that came out of your mouth was, in fact, a writing prompt and that you were compelled to write a story for each one?

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Story Starters that will Bend Readers’ Minds

  • The answer is 49. I looked around the room. There was nobody else there except Quincey. Could it be?
  • It’s all over the news. Random events are taking place. What if someone discovers that it’s my dreams coming true, literally? What will they do to me? I have to find…
  • On Saturday morning I went out to the backyard in my slippers and robe to feed my pet rabbits. When I reached their hutch, I gasped. A large hole had been torn in the wire door and the hutch was empty. Fearing the worst, I scanned the yard for signs of their whereabouts, when suddenly I was tapped on the shoulder. I spun around to find a black bear standing in his hind legs. “If you ever want to see your bunnies again,” he said, …
  • Never trust your dreams, they will get you in trouble every time. At least, if they’re anything like mine. Maybe trouble has a way of finding me, but still, you need to be safe. Just last week, I had a dream about…
  • I’d been tracking him all day, and I almost had him, but I had to wait until he was under a tree before I could pounce. I stood up and scanned the clearing. That’s when I realized that I’d been duped. I wasn’t the stalker, after all. He was the bait, and I was the target.
  • A baby sits alone in the plane’s first-class section, bright red headphones perched on his head. He stares at me a moment as I pass, then snaps his fingers at the flight attendant to get her attention. Was this another one of…
  • You’re forty years old and are happily married to your spouse of 15 years. You’re offered an opportunity to go back to your childhood and correct a horrible mistake you made, and you accept it. You fix the mistake and continue moving through the stages of your life as you did before. Only, the day you were supposed to meet your spouse for the first time, they never showed up.
  • You’re walking down a deserted street downtown when you pass a building with a mural painted on its wall. As you take it in, the faces on the mural suddenly start talking to you, warning you of crimes that are about to occur in the city. You’re unable to shut out their voices or ignore them.
  • You’re in the car when the person on the radio starts talking about something you did yesterday. Only, you didn’t actually do it, you only thought about it. And it wasn’t yesterday, it was five minutes ago.
  • You discover a book in your parent’s bedroom that describes everything you’ve ever said and done. But the book is a hundred years old, and you’re just twelve. Or so you thought.
  • She stepped off the plane looking different from how I remembered her, which was strange as it had only been a few months. But she was taller somehow, her eyes were darker, her features sharper. What had they done to her at that retreat?
  • Sometimes I wish I could just get into a waterproof bubble and float away, forever, away from all of this. Leave it all behind and start over. I never actually thought it would be possible, until…
  •  The house started to shake, and at first, I thought it was an earthquake. We’d trained for those at school. I ran to the nearest door frame and pushed my hands and feet into it as hard as I could. But this wasn’t a normal earthquake. None of the other houses outside were shaking, for one thing. And it went on much too long. As the shaking got more and more intense, a hole opened in the middle of the house, and from it rose…
  • I can talk to animals. It’s just something I’ve always been able to do. I didn’t even know it was weird until some kids at school saw me shooting the breeze with a murder of crows at recess one day. Now I have to keep it a secret. If anyone else finds out…
  • You’re walking home with your friends from school one day when your best friend vanishes down a manhole. You jump in without thinking and discover that in the sewer lives an entire species of…
  • Leonard sat down on the park bench to tie his shoelace. An old man walked up with his dog and asked Leonard if he’d watch the dog for five minutes. The man never returned, and Leonard…
  • I walked through the market timidly, unsure of what I was looking for, but somehow feeling sure that I would find it here. A flash of light flickered almost imperceptibly to my right, and instinctively I turned toward the stall that I’d just passed, but it was gone. In its place…
  • Yesterday, my mother was turned into a rock. Yes, a rock. The kind that’s small enough to put in my pocket and carry around. In fact, that’s where she is right now. I have one week to figure out who did this and find them if I ever want to see her face again.
  •  I knew robotics were dangerous. I’ve been warning them for years. Even when I was seven, I could see the harm they were capable of causing. But nobody listened to me. Until now. Now that an evil robot is threatening to destroy the world, suddenly they come running back to me for help. Good thing I’m thirteen now. Maybe they’ll actually listen this time.
  • It never occurred to me that it would actually work. Who would have thought that the teleporter at the Star Trek Museum was functional? You’d think they would have put up a sign warning kids about that, or something. Anyway, that’s how Jamie and I ended up in this barren land. Now we need to figure out how to get back.

Hopefully, these creative writing prompts for middle school have given you tons of new inspiration for your next class project. Whether you’re writing short stories, flash fiction, or novels, working from a sentence starter or writing prompt is a fun way to spark ideas.

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150 Writing Prompts For Middle School (+Free Printable)

Make writing fun and easy, with these 150 writing prompts for middle school students. 

The more you write, the better you become at writing. But the problem is not all middle schoolers enjoy writing. There’s always something better to do, playing video games , watching YouTube videos , hanging with friends , lazing about the house – Why bother writing, right? The trick is to understand that even the smallest piece of writing can make a huge difference in a student’s attitude towards writing. 

If you unload too many lengthy assignments, such as writing 1,000 words on topic X or 3,000 about something, something – Writing can seem like a long, boring chore for some students. But if you break it down, and mix it up a bit, then your students have a real chance of actually liking writing for fun. Think of creating small writing tasks that take no longer than around 10 or 15 minutes to complete. As students complete these small tasks with ease, their confidence will grow, eventually turning them into avid young writers.

To help inspire and motivate young writers, we have created this list of 150 quick and easy writing prompts for Middle School students. Keep reading for a free printable writing pack for middle schoolers as well! Here is a quick generator that will generate a random middle school prompt for you:

For more fun writing ideas, check out this list of over 300 writing prompt for kids .

150 Writing Prompts For Middle School Students

This list of prompts is great for whenever your middle-schooler is bored and needs some quick ideas to write about:

  • Make a list of at least three different opening lines for this story idea: A space knight living in outer space wants to fight a real fire-breathing dragon.
  • Complete this sentence in at least three different ways: When I’m bored, I like to…
  • Draw a picture of your dream house, and describe some of the coolest features it has.
  • Make a top ten list of the scariest animals in the animal kingdom. You could even write down one scary fact about each animal.
  • Write an acrostic poem using the letters that spell z-o-m-b-i-e.
  • Describe the scariest monster that you can think of. You could even draw a picture of it.
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways: My goal for the next month is to…
  • Make a top ten list of your favourite foods of all time. You could even write down one reason for why each food is your favourite.
  • Create your own A-Z book or list of monsters. For A is for Abominable Snowman, B is for Bogeyman and so on.
  • Research and write down five facts about an endangered species of your choice. Examples of endangered species include the blue whale, giant pandas, snow leopards and tigers.
  •  Create a postcard for your local town or city. What picture would you draw on the front? And what message could you include on the back?
  • Write an acrostic poem using the letters that spell out your own first name. This poem could be about yourself. 
  • Make a top ten list of your favourite movies of all time.
  • Make a top ten list of your favourite songs of all time.
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways. When I grow up I want to…
  • Which is your favourite season, Winter , Spring , Summer or Autumn? Write a haiku poem about your favourite season.
  • Create a party invite for a dinner party at your house. Think about the party theme, entertainment, food and dress code.
  • Write down a recipe that uses eggs as one of the ingredients.
  • Write a how-to guide on how to take care of a kitten or puppy.
  • What do you enjoy doing on the weekends? Start by making a list of activities that you do on the weekend. Then you can pick one to write about in more detail.
  • Using a photograph (or one of these picture writing prompts ), write a short caption or description to go alongside it. 
  • Imagine you are the owner of a new restaurant. Create a menu of the dishes you will serve at this restaurant. 
  • What has been the best part of your day so far? And what has been the worst part of the day?
  • Imagine that you have a time machine. What year would you travel to and why?
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  • If you could keep one dinosaur as a pet, which dinosaur would you pick and why?
  • Write down everything you remember from a recent nightmare that you had. 
  • What is your favourite country in the whole wide world? List at least five fun facts about this country.
  • Make a list of at least 3 different story ideas about aliens.
  • Create a character description of the world’s most evil supervillains.
  • What is your greatest achievement to date? What are you most proud of and why?
  • Write an action-packed scene that contains the following: A car chase, a lucky pair of socks and a talking parrot.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied? You could make a list of at least three pieces of advice that you might give.
  • Imagine you are stuck on a desert island. Write a diary entry of your first day on the island.
  • Imagine you are a pirate sailing the seven seas. Talk about the scariest thing you faced while out at sea.
  • You just discovered a new planet . Can you describe this new planet in detail? What would you call it? Does any life exist on the planet? What type of climate does it have?
  • Would you rather have a magical unicorn as a pet or a fire-breathing dragon?
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways: One day I was walking through the forest and discovered…
  • Write a letter to your friend about a favourite memory you have of them. You can use the following starter as inspiration: Remember that time…
  • Make a list of book title ideas for a story about a girl who can go invisible whenever she wants.
  • A talking cat is fast asleep, then suddenly someone wakes it up. Write down a short script between the cat, and the person arguing. 
  • What is the nicest thing that anyone has done for you recently?
  • Make a list of 10 online safety tips to help you stay safe online.
  • Can you think of at least 5 ways to prevent climate change in your daily life?
  • Make a list of your top ten favourite books of all time.
  • Think about a movie that you’ve seen recently. What did you enjoy most about this movie, and what did you dislike about it?
  • You are just about to take a bite of an apple. And then suddenly the apple starts screaming. What do you do next?
  • Describe a magical forest in great detail. What makes this forest so magical?
  • Write a super scary scene, using the following starter: As I walked into the haunted house…
  • What is your greatest fear? Is it possible to ever overcome this fear? If so, how would you do it?
  • Make a list of at least five things you like about yourself. And then make a list of five things that you would change about yourself.
  • What would the perfect day look like for you? How would it start? What activities would you do? And how does it end?
  • You are standing in the playground when you hear two of your classmates making fun of your best friend. What do you do next?
  • A young boy yells at his pet eagle to fly away into the wild. The eagle does not respond. Write down this scene between the two characters in great detail. 
  • Describe a pencil in the greatest detail possible.
  • Create your own superhero character. What are their strengths and superpowers? What about their weaknesses? Also, think of a cool superhero name for them!
  • What is your dream job? What skills and traits do you need to do this job well?
  • Imagine that you have had the worst day ever. Write down what happened to make it so bad.
  • What is your favourite colour? Now write a short rhyming poem about this colour.
  • If you had three wishes, what would you wish for and why? Wishing for extra wishes is not allowed.
  • Write an action-packed scene of a lion chasing a zebra in the wild from the perspective of the lion. 
  • Imagine you own a video gaming company. Your task is to come up with a new video game idea. Explain this new video game idea in detail.
  • What would you do if you were given $1 million dollars? 
  • What is your favourite hobby or interest? Can you provide at least five tips for beginners who might be interested in starting this hobby?
  • Make a top ten list of your favourite celebrities or YouTube stars.
  • Write the opening paragraph of a fairytale about a zombie prince who has returned from the dead.
  • Write an alternative ending to a fairytale that you are familiar with. For example, you could write a sad ending for Cinderella or a cliff-hanger style ending for Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Write down a conversation in a script format between two people waiting for the bus at a bus stop.
  • Would you rather get abducted by aliens, or discover a magical portal to another realm in your bedroom? Explain your answer.
  • Write a shape poem about your favourite food in the shape of this food.
  • If you had to prepare for a zombie invasion, which three items would you pack in your bag, and why?
  • Describe the most beautiful garden in the world in detail. What type of flowers would it have? Would it have any garden furniture?
  • You receive a strange parcel in the middle of the night. You open the parcel to discover… Write down at least one paragraph of what you discover in the parcel.
  • Use the word, ‘Stampede’ in at least three different sentences.
  • Complete the following metaphor in at least three different ways: Your smile is like…
  • Describe the city of the future. What would the buildings look like? How will people travel? What kind of homes will people live in?
  • What is Marie Curie (the physicist) famous for? Research and write down five facts about her research and studies. 
  • You have just been made leader of the Kingdom of Kinloralm. As the leader, what rules would you set for the kingdom? Make a list of at least 10 rules that you will enforce. 
  • A witch has cast a spell on you. Every night at midnight, you turn into a werewolf. Describe this transformation in great detail. What does it feel like when you are transforming? How does your skin change? What about your teeth and fingernails?
  • Using the following starter , write at least one paragraph: When I look outside the window…
  • After a deep sleep, you wake up to find yourself locked inside a cage. No one else is around. What do you do next?
  • You keep on having the same nightmare every night. In your nightmare, you are running as fast as you can, and then you suddenly fall. When you turn around you see… Write at least one paragraph about what you see. 
  • Write down at least 10 interview questions that you can ask your favourite celebrity. If you have time, you can even write down the potential answers to these questions from the perspective of the celebrity.
  • Write a how-to guide on how to grow tomatoes at home.
  • Make a list of at least five tips for keeping your bedroom clean.
  • Would you rather drive the fastest car on Earth for one hour or own a custom-made bicycle? Explain your choice.
  • Write a limerick poem about an old snail. 
  • Find something in your room that begins with the letter, ‘R’, and write a paragraph describing this object in detail.
  • Research the history of how the first mobile phone was invented. Create a timeline of mobile phone inventions from the very first mobile to the current time. 
  • If you were the headteacher of your school, what changes would you make and why? Try to list and describe at least three changes. 
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of having access to the internet? Try to think of at least five benefits and five drawbacks.
  • Write about the best day of your life so far. Then write about the worst day of your life so far.
  • Imagine that you are an agony aunt for a newspaper. A reader has written to you with the following problem: Dear Agony Aunt, I have no friends at school. And my classmates are always making fun of me… What advice would you give this reader?
  • Imagine that you are a salesperson. Your task is to sell a new chocolate bar to customers. Write down a sales pitch that was selling this chocolate bar. What features would you highlight? What are the benefits of this chocolate bar?
  • Can you complete the following sentence in three different ways: When I feel upset, I …
  • What is the most difficult part about being in middle school? What is the best part of middle school?
  • Imagine that your best friend has just revealed a huge secret. How would you react? Write down a script of the conversation between you and your best friend.
  • Have you learned any new skills recently? How did you learn these?
  • Imagine you are sitting at a dinner party with a group of strangers. Describe the atmosphere in great detail. Who are you sitting next to? What sort of conversations are the other guests having? What food is being served?
  • Five years from now, where will you be? Will you be the same person? How would you have changed?
  • Write about your plans for the weekend.
  • Describe a day in the life of being a goldfish in a fishbowl at a pet shop.
  • While at the seaside, a message in a bottle washes up onto the shore. You open the bottle and read the message. The message reads: Help Me! I’m stranded on an island! What do you do next?
  • A mother and her son are baking some muffins in the kitchen. Write down a conversation that they might have while they bake together.
  • Make a list of indoor activities you can do when it’s raining outside. Try to think of at least ten activities.
  • Write down a diary entry from the perspective of an alien secretly living undercover on Earth. 
  • Write at least three different opening lines for the following story idea: A king needs to keep his kingdom safe from the ravenous trolls that come out at night.
  • Imagine you are a secret agent cat, write about your most recent mission.
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways: If I could change the world, I would…
  • If you could program a robot, what tasks would you program it to do, and why?
  • Imagine you are the owner of a toy shop. Your task is to hire some toy makers. Write a job description for a toymaker. Think about the skills and traits required to become a toymaker. 
  • You are the owner of a zoo. Suddenly you hear people screaming as the lions are accidentally released. What do you do next?
  • Your future self comes from the future to warn you about something. Write a conversation that you would have with your future self. 
  • If you had a choice to become a superhero or a supervillain, which one would you be and why?
  • Can you think of at least three things that no one knows about you? Why have you kept these things a secret?
  • During a science experiment, you mix up the wrong chemicals. The liquid turns blue and jumps out of the glass container. It then slides into your backpack. What do you do next?
  • Write down at least five things that you are grateful for in your life right now.
  • You notice some strange footprints in your backyard leading to your shed. You follow these footprints and discover…
  • When was the last time someone upset you or hurt your feelings? How did they hurt your feelings? Do you remember what was said?
  • You walk inside a magic shop. You see all sorts of weird and fun things. Describe the inside of the shop in as much detail as possible. 
  • Write at least three different opening lines for the following story idea: A young werewolf wants to be a human again.
  • Make a list of three different story ideas about dragons.
  • Write from the perspective of a kite flying high in the sky. Think about what you feel, see and hear.
  • Write about your favourite subject at school. Why do you like this subject?
  • Write a haiku poem about the full moon.
  • Imagine you are the manager of a TV channel. Make a list of at least three new TV show ideas you can air on Saturday evening.
  • You find a baby alien in your basement. What do you do next?
  • Think of at least three newspaper headlines for the following article idea: The new mayor of your town/city is planning on creating more homes.
  • Imagine that your pet dog has gone missing. Create a missing poster to find your dog. Remember to describe any important details relating to the dog in your power.
  • Write an advertisement for the brand new mixer 3000. It mixes all the best music tracks with sounds to create the ultimate track.
  • Write down three sentences. One of something interesting that happened to you today. Another of something positive that happened. And finally another sentence of something negative. 
  • Write down four different character descriptions. Each character must have a different background story or history when growing up.
  • Imagine you had a terrible experience at a restaurant. Write a complaint letter to the restaurant manager, outlining the problems you had. 
  • Imagine your family is planning to go on a cruise. As you drive to the boat, a person walks up to your car window, holds up a flyer, and demands that they do what they were told. What is your family’s reply?
  • As you’re making your way home, you pass by a group of people. It turns out the person who was walking next to them is a ghost. What do you do next?
  • Your best friend has had a terrible year. You need to plan the best birthday party ever for them. Make a list of items that you will need for the party. 
  • Using the 5 W’s and 1 H technique, outline the following newspaper article idea: A new breed of wolves was discovered nearby. The 5 W’s include: What, Where, When, Who and why. The one H is How.
  • Write a positive self-talk poem, using the following starter: I am…
  • Take a recent picture that you have drawn at home or during art class. Using this picture, can you think of at least three ideas for stories from it?
  • How can you prevent bullying in your school? Make a list of at least five different ways to prevent bullying.
  • Write a list of at least 10 interview questions that you can ask your favourite teacher at school. If you want, you can actually ask these questions and write down the responses your teacher gives.
  • Describe a day in the life of being a mouse that lives in your school.
  • What qualities to look for in a friend? Make a list of at least 3 qualities. Also, think about what qualities you try to avoid. 
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways: When I wake up in the morning, I feel…
  • Do you ever wish you could do more to help people? Make a list of at least five ways you can help a friend who is going through a tough time.
  • When was the last time you felt angry? How did you deal with this anger? Do you think it is okay to be angry all the time?
  • Write down at least three predictions for the future. These predictions can be personal or about the world. You can use the following starter: In 10 years time…
  • Do you enjoy writing? If yes, then what kind of things do you enjoy writing about. Explain your answer.
  • Think about the last book you read. Which scene in the book stood out to you the most? Why did it stand out for you?
  • Complete the following sentence in at least three different ways: The biggest question on my mind right now is…

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100 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers


It’s back to school and you want to break the ice with getting your middle schoolers to get use to writing by giving them creative writing prompts.

Writing is something that is very important when it comes to students wanting to express their feelings and thoughts.

Middle School Writing Prompts:

Here are 100 creative writing prompts for middle schoolers to spark their imagination and help them develop their writing skills:

Imaginative Prompts:

  • You wake up one day with the ability to speak and understand any language. Write about your adventures.
  • Write a story from the perspective of your pet.
  • Imagine you are a superhero with an unusual power. Describe a day in your life.
  • Write a letter to your future self, describing the life you hope to have.
  • You discover a hidden door in your house that leads to another world. Describe what you find.
  • If you could travel back in time, where and when would you go? Write about your journey.
  • Describe a world where everything is made of candy.
  • Write a story about a talking animal who goes on a quest to save their homeland.
  • Imagine you are a detective solving a mysterious case. Describe your investigation.
  • Write a story about a day in the life of a pirate.

Realistic Prompts:

  • Describe a memorable family vacation or trip.
  • Write about a challenge you faced and how you overcame it.
  • Imagine you are a character in your favorite book. How would you change the story?
  • Write a letter to a historical figure you admire.
  • Describe a perfect day spent with your best friend.
  • Write about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
  • If you could be any famous person for a day, who would you choose and why?
  • Describe your dream job and what you would do in that role.
  • Write a story about a middle school dance or social event.
  • Reflect on a time when you helped someone or did a kind deed.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Prompts:

  • You find a magical object that grants one wish. What do you wish for and why?
  • Imagine you can fly. Describe where you would go and what you would do.
  • Write a story set in a future where robots and humans coexist.
  • Describe a world where time travel is possible.
  • You wake up with the ability to control the weather. How do you use this power?
  • Write about a society where everyone has a unique superpower.
  • Describe a planet you discover while exploring space.
  • Write a story about a young wizard attending a school for magic.
  • Imagine you can shrink to the size of a bug. Describe your adventures.
  • Write a letter to an alien from another planet, explaining life on Earth.

Character and Emotion Prompts:

  • Describe a time when you felt extremely proud of yourself.
  • Write from the perspective of a character who is afraid of the dark.
  • Imagine you could talk to your favorite fictional character. What would you say?
  • Describe a moment when you felt truly happy.
  • Write about a time when you had to stand up for something you believe in.
  • Imagine you are a character in a fairy tale. How do you handle a difficult situation?
  • Describe a person you admire and why they inspire you.
  • Write a story about a character who discovers a hidden talent.
  • Imagine you can read minds. Describe a day in your life with this ability.
  • Write about a time when you felt scared or nervous.

Dialogue Prompts:

  • Write a conversation between two animals in the zoo after closing time.
  • Imagine you meet a time traveler from the past. Write a dialogue between the two of you.
  • Write a conversation between two objects in your room while you’re away.
  • Describe a debate between two imaginary creatures about whether humans are real.
  • Write a dialogue between a robot and a human about the meaning of friendship.
  • Imagine you can talk to a famous historical figure. What questions would you ask?
  • Write a conversation between two characters who are stuck on a deserted island.
  • Describe a discussion between two siblings about what to do with a mysterious key.
  • Write a dialogue between a superhero and a supervillain trying to work together.
  • Imagine you can communicate with plants. Write a conversation with a tree.

Descriptive Prompts:

  • Describe a stormy night from the perspective of someone stranded in the rain.
  • Write a detailed description of your favorite place in nature.
  • Imagine you wake up in a room made entirely of mirrors. Describe what you see.
  • Describe a delicious meal from start to finish.
  • Write about a cityscape from the point of view of a bird flying above.
  • Imagine you find a hidden cave filled with treasures. Describe the sights and sounds.
  • Describe a bustling marketplace in a foreign land.
  • Write a detailed description of a haunted house at midnight.
  • Imagine you are lost in a dense forest. Describe your surroundings and emotions.
  • Describe a colorful, whimsical dream you had recently.

Personal Narrative Prompts:

  • Write about a memorable birthday celebration.
  • Describe a time when you felt like an outsider and how you overcame it.
  • Reflect on a mistake you made and the lessons you learned.
  • Write about a family tradition that is important to you.
  • Describe a time when you had to work together with others to achieve a goal.
  • Reflect on a time when you felt proud of a personal accomplishment.
  • Write about a summer adventure or activity you enjoyed.
  • Describe a time when you had to overcome a fear.
  • Reflect on a time when you felt grateful for something in your life.
  • Write about a friendship that has had a significant impact on you.

Mystery and Suspense Prompts:

  • Describe a mysterious package that arrives at your doorstep.
  • Write a story about a character who receives anonymous, cryptic messages.
  • Imagine you discover a hidden room in your school. Describe what you find.
  • Write about a character who stumbles upon a secret society.
  • Describe a strange occurrence that happens in your neighborhood.
  • Write a story about a detective solving a puzzling case.
  • Imagine you find a map that leads to buried treasure. Describe your quest to find it.
  • Describe a night when everything goes wrong for a character.
  • Write a story about a group of friends investigating a haunted house.
  • Imagine you receive a message from your future self. Describe the message and its impact.

Humorous Prompts:

  • Write about a day in the life of a mischievous leprechaun.
  • Describe a funny misunderstanding between two characters.
  • Write a story about a talking animal trying to fit in with humans.
  • Imagine you switch bodies with your pet for a day. Describe the hilarity that ensues.
  • Describe a comical cooking disaster in the kitchen.
  • Write about a superhero with an unusual and funny superpower.
  • Imagine you wake up with the ability to understand what inanimate objects are saying.
  • Describe a day in the life of a clumsy character who always finds themselves in funny situations.
  • Write a story about a group of friends who accidentally cause chaos at a school event.
  • Imagine you attend a school for wizards where everything goes hilariously wrong.

Historical and Cultural Prompts:

  • Imagine you are a young explorer traveling with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the Americas. Describe your experiences and interactions with the indigenous people you encounter.
  • Write a diary entry from the perspective of a young girl living during the Renaissance. Describe your daily life, including your family, education, and any notable events.
  • You’ve been transported back to ancient Egypt and are assisting in building the Great Pyramid of Giza. Describe your role, the challenges you face, and the significance of the project.
  • Write a story about a young Native American’s journey along the Oregon Trail during the westward expansion of the United States. Highlight the hardships, friendships, and discoveries along the way.
  • Imagine you are a samurai in feudal Japan. Write a letter to your family describing your training, duties, and thoughts about honor and loyalty.
  • Describe a day in the life of a medieval knight, including preparing for battle, participating in a joust, and interacting with the nobility.
  • Write a dialogue between two passengers aboard the Titanic on the night of its tragic sinking. Capture their emotions and reactions as the events unfold.
  • You are a young suffragette fighting for women’s right to vote in the early 20th century. Write a persuasive speech to inspire others to join the cause.
  • Describe a scene from the Harlem Renaissance, focusing on the vibrant artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans during this time.
  • You’ve been transported to the court of Louis XIV in 17th-century France. Write a letter to a friend back home, detailing the opulent palace, the monarch’s lifestyle, and the societal norms of the time.

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Writing has a funny way of bringing the world around us to sharp contrast — which is why creative writing prompts might turn out to be just the trick to get the imaginations of your middle school students going! Whether you make it a journaling activity in the classroom or an interactive project to get your middle schoolers swapping ideas with friends, a writing prompt can do it all for kids: improve their writing skills, skyrocket their creativity, and broaden their perspective beyond the confines of school.

This directory is bursting with the best writing ideas about animals, people, and nature. Feel free to use any of these writing prompts for middle school to help turn your students into young writers with a story of their own.

If you're looking to cut to the chase, here's a list of top ten favorite writing prompts for middle schoolers:

  • A character finds an old roll of film, and takes it to be developed. What do they find?
  • A mundane ability suddenly becomes a superpower. Write about someone or something affected by this.
  • End your story with someone finally conceding to another's point of view.
  • Format your story in the style of diary entries.
  • Set your story in a confectionery shop.
  • Write a story about someone struggling to swallow some harsh (but fair) constructive criticism.
  • Write a story in the form of a top-ten list.
  • Write a story inspired by a piece of music (without using any lyrics).
  • Write a story that focuses on the relationship between siblings.
  • Write a story involving a character donating a box of clothes they have outgrown.

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Looking for some inspiration to help you unleash your creativity? If yes, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ll share 100 writing prompts for middle school. So let the juices flow and the pen glide on the paper with a renewed energy and purpose.

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Fun Writing Prompts for Middle School

Informative writing prompts for middle school, creative writing prompts for middle school, personal narrative prompts for middle school, reflective writing prompts for middle school, research writing prompts for middle school, procedural writing prompts for middle school, argument writing prompts for middle school, persuasive writing prompts for middle school.

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  • You’ve been asked to come up with a new holiday. What would you come up with and how will you celebrate it?
  • If you’re granted three wishes, what would you choose? And why?
  • Who’s your role model?
  • Imagine your best friend has turned into a turtle? What would you do?
  • If your dog could talk, what would you do? If you could say one thing to your pet, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite animal? Why do you like it?
  • If you could pick any place for your next holiday, which would it be? And why?
  • What are the 5 things you want to accomplish in your life?
  • If you are given a time machine, what year would you go to? And why?
  •  Would you be rather a tiger or a shark?
  • If you could help anyone in the entire world, who would you help? And why?
  • If you could change one thing about the city you live in, what would it be and why?
  • Imagine you woke up finding yourself stuck inside your favorite video game? What would you do?
  • How was your first day of school like? What were you feeling? Were you scared or excited or both?
  • If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be? What would you say to him or her?
  • Explain how disappointments can also be a blessing in disguise
  • Pen an essay explaining why someone you care deeply about is important to you
  • Imagine you could give advice to someone—it could be someone you know personally or a famous person or anybody else. What advice you will give?
  • What does the phrase “dress to success” mean to you?
  • How have you changed after entering middle school? How has your journey been so far? Write an essay about it.
  • Think about an invention that has impacted your life the most. Now write an essay about this invention and its impact on you.
  • Pen an essay explaining why honesty is the most important thing in friendship
  •  Who do you look up to most in your family? Why do you admire this person?
  • Explain the plot of your favorite movie?
  • What would be your advice to someone who’s just about to enter middle school?
  • Which historical event in your opinion has the greatest impact on our lives? Write an essay about this event.
  • Write a news article about an event from your life
  • Which is your favorite song? Why do you like it so much?
  • What are the most important qualities you look in a friend?
  • Which is your favorite book? What’s so special about it? What can one learn from it?
  • Today had all the makings of an ordinary, uneventful day, until…
  • The moment you entered the school, you knew something was amiss. There was an eerie silence about the place.
  • The aliens have landed. And they look like…
  • I couldn’t believe washed-up on an isolated island. Luckily, I still had my…
  • When I woke up, the first thing I noticed was in a different house.
  •  No one was surprised when Frodo, my dog, started talking, as if everybody was expecting that to happen.
  • John ran frantically from one block to another shouting, “It has happened…”
  • I was shocked to discover that inside my gift there was a huge slimy thing that could talk…
  • April watched as her friends left her one by one. She could hardly believe it would come to this. It all started when…
  • The math teacher entered the class with a startled expression and said, “Today I won’t teach but would tell you about the time when something strange happened because it is soon going to happen again…”
  • Write about a situation which you thought was worse than it really was
  • Write about a time when you felt afraid
  • Write about a challenge that you overcame? What did you learn from the experience?
  • Write about one recent event that was etched in your memory? Describe the event in as much detail as possible?
  • Describe your favorite memory with an animal. What makes this memory special?
  • What does your most favorite smell remind of you?
  • What does your least favorite smell remind of you?
  • Write about a situation that didn’t turn out as you expected. Include how you felt during that time.
  • What is your favorite place in the entire world? Why do you like it so much?
  • Describe the best vacation you have had with your family? What made this holiday so special?
  • Record your emotional reactions for last few weeks? Do you see a pattern in how you respond to things?
  • Which was the busiest day last week? Did it actually feel that way?
  • Start your next day with a goal. Write in the evening whether you were able to achieve it or not. If not, what would you do differently the next time?
  • Write a recent conversation that you had with a friend as if it were dialogue in a story. If you could change your lines, what would you change?
  • Maintain a journal to write about acts of kindness you perform each day. How did you help someone yesterday?
  • List your goals for the week. At the end of the week, review whether you were able to meet them or not. If you couldn’t fulfill certain goals, reflect on what prevented you.
  • What are the traits make you unique? Write about them.
  • Do you often lose temper over little things? If yes, list a plan that could help you manage your temper better.
  • Reflect on your relationship with your siblings or parents. Is there anything that you would like to change about your behavior? If so, what it is?
  •  How do you react to criticism? Do you go into a shell or become angry or do you listen patiently? Is there anything about your reaction that you would like to change?
  • Are teenagers of today heavily dependent on technology?
  • Are smartphones addictive for teenagers?
  • Which has been the most important development in the field of medicine so far? Describe it in detail.
  • Pick a moment in your country’s history. Describe the events that led to it.
  • How did dinosaurs become extinct?
  • Interview a member of your community about their life and experiences?
  • Why teens today are reading less?
  • How are families today different from the past?
  • How many hours of sleep teenagers needs?
  • How has your school changed over the years?
  • How does a spider create its web?
  • How does a car engine work?
  • Explain what steps one should take to protect their identity online
  • What is your favorite meal? Share its recipe
  • Write about a daily habit of yours, like chatting on your smartphone or playing a video game?
  • Explain how to get from your house to your best friend’s?
  • Explain how people can scam you online? What steps one should take to protect themselves from such frauds?
  • What are the steps to create slime?
  • Explain what happens when you mix soda and peppermint? Share the science behind it.
  • How do computers communicate over a network?
  • Who faces more peer pressure: girls or boys?
  • How can we win the war against pollution?
  • What it is the best solution for preventing bullying in schools?
  • Should healthcare be free?
  • What is the best way to control crime in the society?
  • How can we stop road rage?
  • At what age should children be given smartphones?
  • Should the voting age be lowered?
  • Are magazine covers damaging to the self-esteem of most teens?
  • What is the biggest challenge in front of the teens today?
  • Should students be given less homework?
  • Should schools have a mandatory dress code?
  • Should genetically modified food be banned?
  • Should testing on animals be banned?
  • Should users be allowed to download TV shows and movies for free?
  • How important is music in life?
  • Would you like to have several smaller breaks throughout the year instead of one long summer break?
  • Should the government ban smoking?
  • Should you get a higher weekly allowance?
  • What is the best thing about being in middle school?

We really hope these writing prompts encourage you to come up with great stories. You can pick any story idea that you like and start writing. Remember, these are after all just writing prompts; what really matters is how you built on them.

You can also check out our general writing prompts for kids page or our fiction writing prompts for adults here. Get Third Grade Writing Prompts Here.

And in case you need a little help to boost your writing productivity, we have a great resource for you . So say goodbye to slow writing and let your pen effortlessly roll on the paper. Happy Storytelling!

Also, if you want some help outlining your next story , read this outlining guide.

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100 creative writing prompts for middle school

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100 creative writing prompts for middle school

Creative Writing Prompts For Middle School Students

100 creative writing prompts for middle school

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Max Stevens

Max Stevens


Creative Writing Prompts for middle school students is a fun list to help unmotivated and uninspired students use their imagination. Do you know one of the major reasons why students struggle with their writing growth is a lack of inspiration and guidance? This can result in low creative thinking leading to lower-quality work and poor confidence.

With these creative writing prompts specifically tailored to middle school students, you’ll have a starting point for your writing. There’s nothing like a spark of inspiration to get you going! Do you need more structured guidance from Oxbridge tutors to give you a massive boost in your creative writing skills? Check out our most in-demand  creative writing summer school !

Are you ready to dive in and feel inspired by exciting writing prompt ideas? Read on!

The Best Writing Prompts for Middle School

Before getting started, you may want to delve deeper into some creative writing examples to get into the swing of things. If you’ve done that, then here are a few of the best writing prompts for middle school students that help spark creativity:

  • Who’s your favourite character in a book? Try journaling from the character’s perspective.
  • What topic are you passionate about? Write a persuasive essay on the topic. 
  • Think about your favourite place on Planet Earth. Write a descriptive essay about it.
  • Write a story that begins with the sentence, “It was a dark and stormy night.”
  • If you had a time machine, where you would go and what you would do.
  • Recall a memorable emotion or experience. Write a poem about it. 
  • Think about a current event you find interesting. Write a news article about it. 
  • Who would you approach if you could ask for advice from anyone, living or dead? Write them a letter. 
  • Imagine you’re an astronaut travelling through space. Write a journal entry about your experience.
  • What’s one of the most memorable moments in your life? Write a personal narrative about it. 
  • Write a short story about a character who overcomes a challenge or obstacle.
  • What topic did you learn about recently? Write an informative essay about it.
  • Write a fictional diary entry from the point of view of a historical figure.
  • What specific animal do you find beautiful? Write a descriptive poem about it.
  • Describe your hopes and dreams for the next five years via a letter to your future self. 
  • Imagine that you are stranded on a deserted island. Write a story about your experience.
  • Write a scene in a play in an unusual setting.
  • What place would you like to visit? Write a descriptive paragraph about it. 
  • Write a personal reflection about a significant event or experience and what you have learned from it.
  • What’s your favourite animal? Write a fictional story from your fave animal’s perspective.

Creative Story Ideas: 34 Story Starters and Prompts for Middle Schoolers

  • A magical pen that brings drawings to life
  • A group of friends find a hidden treasure map.
  • A world where animals can talk
  • A robot who develops human emotions
  • A strange creature is discovered in the depths of the ocean.
  • A character who can see into the future
  • A young detective solves a series of mysterious crimes.
  • Teenage superhero navigates the challenges of middle school while saving the world.
  • A group of middle school students stumble upon a secret government experiment.
  • The magical kingdom is hidden in a scary forest.
  • A vengeful ghost haunts the basketball court at a small school.
  • Time-travel adventure to the Wild West 100 years ago. 
  • Friends have to save their town from a massive alien invasion.
  • A character who learns to communicate with animals to save them from illegal hunters.
  • A future world where AI technology controls everything.
  • A distraught character who can control time and tries to change their past.
  • Four teenagers go on a survival camping trip that turns into a nightmare.
  • The magical creature must find a way back home against the efforts of evil humans who want to use its powers for their own purposes.
  • A young girl discovers she was born 500 years ago.
  • An orphan wakes up with no memory of who they are until they accidentally stumble upon an oddly familiar house.
  • Students accidentally open a portal to another dimension and try to find their way back home fast because their final exam is a week away.
  • A terrifying monster lives beneath the city streets. So why did it start terrorising the city all of a sudden?
  • A gamer gets stuck in a video game. How can said gamer get out? Do they even want to?
  • A middle school student starts having foreboding dreams that come true. What is the universe trying to warn them?
  • Students attend a school for monster-slaying magic. So what monsters are they fighting against?
  • A group of kids discover a secret underground society they must fight to save modern civilisation.
  • An old man saves his town from a natural disaster in 13 minutes. 
  • The dragon wakes up from a century-long slumber. Only to discover it’s the only one left.
  • The robot becomes self-aware and must navigate human emotions.
  • A young inventor creates a machine that can read minds for a sinister purpose.
  • A magical place where everyone has a special ability gets tangled up in a civil war.
  • Supernatural mystery in an old, abandoned mansion that can save the world from a looming threat.
  • A haunted amusement park contains secrets that can solve a criminal case.
  • A young scientist creates a potion that can make people fly.
  • An evil character can control the elements. How will the average human hero stop them?

Writing Prompts for Stories That Start with Dialogue for Middle Schoolers

  • “I can’t believe you did that,” John says to his best friend. Write a story about what John’s best friend did. 
  • “I wish I could go back in time and change everything,” laments Jane. Write a story about Jane’s regrets. What would she do differently if given a chance?
  • “I found something bizarre in the backyard,” said Tom to his sister. Write a story about what Tom found. How did the discovery change their lives? 
  • “I can’t do this anymore!” screamed Sarah to her parents. What is Sarah complaining about? How did her parents react?
  • “I’m going to run away,” whispers Michael to his classmates. Why does Michael plan on running away? What happens when he does?
  • “I knew you were hiding something,” said Jack to his friend. Write a story about Jack’s discovery and how it affects their friendship.
  • Blake cries to her family, “I’m not who you think I am!” 
  • Write a story about how Alex stands up for himself against a bully. Starting with this line: “I’m not going to take it anymore,” 
  • “I think we might be lost,” whimpers Lucy to her friends. Where are Lucy and her friends? Why did they get lost in the first place?
  • Ryan is grappling with a massive decision. Begin the story with “I think this is a sign.”
  • The principal walks through the hallway, saying to Teacher Clare, “Help your students cope with the recent tragedy that plagued our halls.” What happened?

General Creative Writing Ideas for Middle School Students

Here is a list of prompts to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Talk about a time you were so happy you wish the moment would last forever.
  • You went to art class with a blind friend. How would you describe the painting to them? Use descriptive words.
  • If you could go on your dream vacation today, what would it be like?
  • Make a list of the most thought-provoking questions you can come up with.
  • You’re about to meet your favourite celebrity. What interview questions would you ask them?
  • If you could choose what happens next in your life until death, what will your story look like?
  • Imagine how your favourite pet was created and use procedural writing to describe the process.
  • If you were to insert yourself in a book you read, how would you change the story?

Want more fun writing prompts ? Check these out! Write a/an:

  • Short story about reluctant writers whose writing changes the world.
  • Acrostic poem about friendship or love.
  • Science fiction story about a futuristic world where your favourite toy is a legendary weapon with fearsome power.
  • Letter that will help inspire your past self when you were in a difficult part in your life.
  • Personal narrative about a memorable event from your childhood.
  • Descriptive paragraph about a person you admire.
  • Write a horror science fiction story about a world where technology is advanced beyond our current understanding.
  • Background story for your least favourite side character.
  • List of the benefits of writing. Use persuasive writing
  • Instructional essay on how to make a magical portal.
  • Mystery story where the main character finds the missing heirloom of an ancient noble family.
  • Story about a boy who became a millionaire because of a video game idea.
  • Personal letter to a historical figure, asking questions or seeking advice.
  • Descriptive poem about a specific season or weather.
  • Story about time travel and the consequences of changing the past.
  • Fun story about a cross-country road trip you would like to take.
  • Story about a character who is an outsider and how they find a sense of belonging.
  • Terrifying story about a person haunted by a past event and how they come to terms with it.
  • Heroic story about a character who journeys to discover their true identity.
  • Persuasive letter to a public figure expressing your thoughts on a current issue

Journaling Prompts for Middle School Writing

Here are journal prompts for middle school kids:

  • Describe your hometown.
  • What’s your favourite season, and why?
  • What are your greatest fears? Do you want to overcome them? Why or why not?
  • Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about your favourite food and why you like it.
  • What’s the meaning of your life? Use reflective writing.
  • What’s your favourite food and what does it remind you of?
  • If you won the lottery today, what would you buy?
  • Do you have a pet dog? How do you feel about your furry friend?
  • Choose one event in your life you wish didn’t happen. Why?
  • What’s your dream dinner party?
  • Would you rather become a normal person or a superhero? Why?
  • Who would you call first when you’re in a dangerous situation?
  • When was the time you felt most peaceful? Describe what was happening.
  • Do you enjoy story writing? Why or why not?
  • What are your top 3 greatest accomplishments so far?
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
  • What’s the most embarrassing experience you’ve had?
  • If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Why?
  • What’s your dream job? Why?
  • Describe your ideal friend.
  • Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have with you?
  • Write about a time you tried something new and what you learned from the experience.
  • What’s the most beautiful movie science you’ve seen? Describe it.
  • If you could invent any item, what features would it have? And what is its purpose?

If you feel like challenging yourself then check out our high school creative writing prompts .

There you have it – a fun list of favourite writing prompts for middle schoolers to enjoy. What are your favourite ideas to write so far? And,

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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

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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120 Engaging Middle School Writing Prompts

Getting middle school students to write can be particularly challenging. However, if you provide your students with a fun, interesting, and engaging writing prompt, you’ll find that their creativity and enthusiasm for writing can be easily sparked.

Below is a list of writing prompts for middle school students, including creative prompts, journal prompts, persuasive writing prompts, expository writing prompts, and story starter prompts. These are perfect for classroom exercises, homework assignments, or even just for personal exploration, helping students to develop their writing skills, express their ideas, and discover the joy of writing.

Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A Creative Writing Prompt for Middle School Students

These creative writing prompts are cues or scenarios that inspire imaginative storytelling and personal expression. These prompts will encourage middle school students to explore new ideas, develop their narrative skills, and express themselves in unique and creative ways. Here’s a list of creative writing prompts for middle school students:

  • Write a story where the main character discovers a secret passage in their home.
  • Imagine a world where animals can talk. What would they say?
  • Create a tale about a mysterious, abandoned city you stumbled upon.
  • Write about a day where everything you draw becomes real.
  • Imagine finding a book that contains your entire life story. What do you do?
  • Write a story set in a futuristic world where everyone lives underwater.
  • Create a tale about a magical garden that grants wishes.
  • Describe a journey to a planet entirely different from Earth.
  • Write about a character who can switch lives with anyone they meet.
  • Imagine your school is a castle. What adventures unfold there?
  • Write a story about a secret society of kids with superpowers.
  • Describe a world where it’s night for half the year.
  • Create a story about a mysterious forest that changes with the seasons.
  • Write about discovering an old map that leads to a hidden treasure.
  • Imagine waking up in a world where you are the ruler.
  • Create a tale about a magical snow globe that transports you to different places.
  • Write about a character who invents a new holiday.
  • Describe a world where shadows have a life of their own.
  • Imagine finding a door in your backyard that leads to a different universe.
  • Write a story about a character who can hear others’ thoughts.

Journal Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A Journal Writing Prompt for Middle School Students

These journal writing prompts are thought-provoking questions or ideas that will encourage middle school students to reflect on their personal experiences, feelings, and beliefs. These prompts are designed to help students develop self-awareness, enhance their writing skills, and express themselves in a safe, private space. Here’s a list of journal writing prompts for middle school students:

  • Write about your most memorable day and why it stands out.
  • Describe your dream job and why you’re interested in it.
  • Reflect on a time when you overcame a challenge.
  • Write about what kindness means to you and a time you experienced it.
  • Imagine your perfect day. What would it involve?
  • Describe your favorite hobby and why you enjoy it.
  • Write about the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you.
  • Reflect on your greatest strength and how it has helped you.
  • Write about a goal you have for this school year.
  • Describe a place where you feel completely relaxed and happy.
  • Reflect on a book or movie that deeply impacted you.
  • Write about someone you admire and why.
  • Describe a time when you helped someone and how it made you feel.
  • Imagine what the world will be like in 50 years.
  • Write about your favorite memory with your family.
  • Reflect on a moment when you felt proud of yourself.
  • Describe your ideal adventure.
  • Write about a time you were scared and how you handled it.
  • Reflect on what friendship means to you.
  • Write about a skill you’d like to learn and why.

Persuasive Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A Persuasive Writing Prompt for Middle School Students

These persuasive writing prompts are designed to inspire middle school students to develop arguments and persuade readers about a particular viewpoint or idea. These prompts will encourage critical thinking and research skills and enable students to present and justify their opinions clearly. Here’s a list of persuasive writing prompts for middle school students:

  • Should homework be banned in schools? Argue your point.
  • Persuade your readers why recycling should be mandatory.
  • Is it better to read a book or watch a movie adaptation? Make your case.
  • Argue for or against the importance of physical education in schools.
  • Should students have a say in what they learn? Persuade your audience.
  • Persuade your readers about the importance of learning a second language.
  • Is it more beneficial to be a team player or an individual performer? Justify your opinion.
  • Should animals be kept in zoos? Present your arguments.
  • Argue why your favorite season is the best.
  • Persuade your audience about the importance of arts in education.
  • Should there be stricter rules for students’ internet use? Make your case.
  • Argue for or against school uniforms.
  • Is it better to give money to charity or volunteer your time? Persuade your readers.
  • Persuade your audience on the importance of eating healthy foods.
  • Should video games be considered a sport? Argue your viewpoint.
  • Is it more important to be smart or kind? Persuade your readers.
  • Argue why your city or town is a great place to live.
  • Should students be allowed to use mobile phones in school? Present your arguments.
  • Persuade your audience on the importance of having a hobby.
  • Argue for or against the significance of space exploration.

Expository Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A Expository Writing Prompt for Middle School Students

These expository writing prompts are designed to help middle school students explore and convey information in a clear, concise, and structured manner. This type of writing requires students to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a coherent way. Here’s a list of expository writing prompts for middle school students:

  • Explain the significance and process of the water cycle in nature.
  • Describe the causes and effects of climate change.
  • Write about the history and significance of a famous holiday.
  • Explain how a specific technology works (like smartphones or virtual reality).
  • Describe the steps involved in making your favorite meal.
  • Write about the life cycle of a butterfly or another animal.
  • Explain the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.
  • Describe what life was like in a particular historical period.
  • Explain how governments are formed and function.
  • Write about the journey of water through the water cycle.
  • Describe how a bill becomes a law.
  • Explain the impact of social media on modern communication.
  • Write about the process of photosynthesis.
  • Describe the different types of renewable energy and their importance.
  • Explain the significance of recycling and its impact on the environment.
  • Describe how the human body’s immune system works.
  • Explain the causes and effects of a significant historical event.
  • Write about how a particular invention changed the world.
  • Describe the process of creating a movie or a television show.
  • Explain the importance and process of goal setting and planning for the future.

Narrative Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

A Narrative Writing Prompt for Middle School Students

These narrative writing prompts encourage middle school students to tell a story, either about themselves, someone else, or a completely fictional scenario. This type of writing helps students develop their storytelling skills, enhances their creativity, and allows them to express their thoughts and experiences in an engaging way. Here’s a list of narrative writing prompts for middle school students:

  • Write about a time you faced a difficult decision and how you resolved it.
  • Imagine you can time travel; describe your first adventure.
  • Tell the story of a day when everything went wrong.
  • Write about your most cherished memory with a friend or family member.
  • Imagine you woke up one day and could speak another language fluently. What would happen?
  • Describe a moment when you tried something outside of your comfort zone.
  • Tell a story about a mysterious object you found and its origins.
  • Write about a time you helped someone and how it made you feel.
  • Imagine a day in the life of your pet. What adventures do they have?
  • Describe your dream vacation and what would make it special.
  • Write a story about meeting a famous person in an unexpected place.
  • Tell the tale of a historical event from the perspective of someone who lived through it.
  • Imagine a world where children are in charge. What would it be like?
  • Write about the day you had a surprising encounter with wildlife.
  • Describe a time when you overcame a significant challenge.
  • Tell a story about a journey to a magical place.
  • Write about the day you made an unlikely friend.
  • Imagine discovering a secret room in your house. What’s inside?
  • Describe a time when you achieved something you didn’t think was possible.
  • Write about a day in the future, 50 years from now. What has changed? What has stayed the same?

Story Starters for Middle School Students

A Story Starter writing prompt for Middle School Students

These story starters are engaging, imaginative prompts that provide the opening sentence or scene of a story. These starters will ignite the imagination, encouraging students to explore various genres, characters, and plots. They’re an excellent tool for overcoming writer’s block and for practicing narrative development, character creation, and setting establishment. Here’s a list of story starters for middle school students:

  • “As the mysterious music played, the ancient book on the table suddenly flew open.”
  • “Lost in the forest, I stumbled upon a hidden cottage made entirely of candy.”
  • “The moment I put on the strange glasses, I could see into the future.”
  • “Under my bed, I found a map leading to a secret underground city.”
  • “When I woke up, I realized I had switched places with my pet.”
  • “The old clock in the town square struck thirteen times, and then everything changed.”
  • “I discovered a hidden door in the school library that led to a different world.”
  • “On my way to school, I found a mysterious golden key with my name on it.”
  • “During the night, all of my dreams escaped from my mind and became reality.”
  • “The mirror in my room showed a reflection of a place I had never seen before.”
  • “As I read the last page of the diary, the ghostly writer appeared in front of me.”
  • “The new kid at school could do something no one else could – talk to animals.”
  • “In the attic, I found a dusty old board game that turned out to be real.”
  • “The picture in the museum started to move and reached out to me.”
  • “I got a mysterious package in the mail with no return address. Inside was a magical object.”
  • “During a thunderstorm, our house was suddenly transported to a different world.”
  • “I found a strange old coin on the ground that had the power to grant wishes, but each wish came with a price.”
  • “While exploring the beach, I stumbled upon a message in a bottle from a stranded pirate.”
  • “In the garden, I discovered a plant that grew overnight and whispered secrets.”
  • “When I looked through the telescope, I saw not stars, but the eyes of something watching.”

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225 Fun & Free Creative Writing Prompts for Kids in All Grade Levels

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Writing prompts are meant to unlock creativity. They’re story starters designed to inspire creative thinking. They can take you to places you’ve been or recall an important time in your life. 

But mostly, they’re useful tools for teachers to inspire writing growth in students from grade school to high school.

“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…”

It’s amazing how one simple sentence can send you on a journey to places you’ve never been, filled with untold possibilities. 

Reading is great, but you know what’s even better? Giving your students the power to write stories for themselves. 

Writing prompts for kids help students:

  • Express themselves and their creativity
  • Grasp lifelong literacy skills and concepts
  • Tell their own stories and build self-confidence
  • Develop a growth mindset when it comes to their writing skills

Writing is like a muscle — it takes practice to build up skills. Luckily, we put together a list of over 200 writing prompts to help your students get started. We’ve also organized them by middle school, high school and elementary school to help teachers decide whether these prompts are age-appropriate for their students.

Grade school writing prompts

Grade schoolers can definitely begin to address complex ideas when it comes to story writing — but you should seek to keep the prompts simple and straightforward. 

Reluctant writers might be intimidated by complicated writing ideas — and this is an age where we should be encouraging creativity.

Creative writing prompts for elementary schoolers

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Whether it’s exploring the furthest reaches of outer space, traveling across the Sahara desert or sticking a little closer to home, these creative writing prompts will have students imagining endless possibilities for their writing.

  • Write about what your life would be like if you turned into a squirrel. What would you do every day?
  • A strange spaceship just crashed and landed in your backyard. What happens next?
  • Make up a story about where thunder comes from.
  • You find an old notebook hidden in an attic. What does it say? Who did it belong to?
  • You have a magic garden. What magical plants do you grow? How do you take care of them?
  • Write a story about running away with the circus when it comes to town.
  • Rewrite “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from the perspective of one of the dwarfs (Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy and Bashful).
  • There once was a little boy who ate nothing but oranges. What happened to him?
  • Write a story about a magical hat. Where is it from? What does it do? What does it look like?
  • You’re exploring the rainforest and come across a flower that no one’s ever seen before. Describe it!
  • Tell me a story about a dinosaur living a long, long time ago.
  • Tell me a story about an astronaut visiting another planet. Where are they going? How do they get there? What do they take with them?
  • You discover a magic portal in the park. Where does it lead to?
  • Pick a partner and write a story together! Start by writing the first sentence, then pass it to your partner to write the second sentence.
  • You find buried treasure in the park, hidden in a big wooden chest. What kind of treasure is it? Who left it there?
  • Write a story about a family that can travel in time. 
  • Write a story without using the letter “E”.
  • Write the funniest story you can think of. 
  • There’s a kangaroo in your classroom. How did it get there? What happens when you find it?
  • Write a story about an explorer who keeps getting lost. Where are they trying to go? What do they find along the way?
  • Write a story about a wooden door, a can of soda and a blue shoe.
  • If there was a magical portal in the back of your closet, where would it lead to? 
  • Finish this story: There was a knock on the door. I opened it to find a dog sitting there, and…
  • You come home and find that everything in your house is upside down. What happened?
  • Describe the color “red” without using the word “red”.
  • There’s an old, abandoned house at the end of your street that’s been empty for years. One day, someone moves in.
  • Rewrite the story of Cinderella from the perspective of the stepsisters.  
  • Write a backstory for Ed, the orange Prodigy mascot. 
  • You wake up one morning and find a mermaid in your bathtub. How did they get there? What do you do?
  • Write a story about a monster looking for some friends. 
  • Oh no — your balloon blew away! Write about what happens from the balloon’s perspective. 
  • You and your friends are out for a walk when, out of nowhere, your friends start disappearing! What’s going on?
  • Once upon a time, an old inventor built a weather machine. It sat undiscovered for years — until you found it. What happens next?
  • You just ate a cookie that turned you 15 feet tall. What do you do next?

Fun writing prompts for grade schoolers

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Everyday life is full of great inspiration for writing! Get students thinking with these easy and fun writing prompts.Write about something you are good at. 

  • If you could write a book about anything, what would you write about?
  • If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
  • Do you have a favorite animal? Tell me all about it! Why do you like it?
  • What would you do if you woke up one morning and everything was pink — including you?
  • What food can you not live without? Why?
  • If you could add any class to your school schedule, what would it be?
  • Invent a new day of the week. What is it called? When is it? What do people usually do on that day of the week?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 
  • If you could spend a Saturday doing anything you wanted, what adventures would you get up to?
  • If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would you choose? Why?
  • What's your favorite, wacky food?
  • Where is your favorite place to read? Why?
  • What was the coolest day of school for you? What made it exciting?
  • Which of your toys do you wish could talk? What would they say?
  • If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it look like?
  • Invent a machine to do a chore for you. What does the machine do? What does it look like?
  • What's your favorite season? What makes it the best?
  • What is your favorite math game and why?
  • Describe your real-life superpower.
  • Finish the story: When I'm older I want to be an expert in…
  • If pets could talk to each other, what would they say?
  • If you were the captain of a ship, what would you call your ship? What would it look like? Where would you go?
  • If your pet could talk to you, what do you think it would say?
  • If you were the only person on earth for one day, what would you do?
  • Plan the perfect birthday party for yourself. 
  • What is your favorite thing to do over summer break?
  • Describe your ideal birthday cake. 
  • If you could add any type of room to your house, what would it be?
  • What’s your favorite movie and why?

Persuasive writing prompts for elementary school

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Are your students’ opinions up for debate? Ask them to flex their critical thinking skills with these persuasive writing prompts. Once they’re done, get class discussion flowing with a spirited debate!

  • Write a letter convincing your parents to let you get a pet dog. What arguments do you use to persuade them?
  • Convince your teacher that you should be allowed an extra 15 minutes of recess.
  • Convince your best friend to read your favorite book.
  • How would you convince someone to do your chores for you?
  • Write a commercial for your favorite breakfast food. What would convince someone else to try it?
  • What flavor of chips is the best? Why?
  • What would make a better pet — a monkey or a peacock?
  • Do you think children should be allowed to stay up as late as they want?
  • What’s your favorite holiday and why should it be everyone’s favorite? 
  • Convince us that your favorite food should be a staple in everyone’s diet.

As students enter middle school, they’re starting to feel like bigger, older kids. They can start writing original short stories and abstract persuasive essays. 

It’s best to inspire creativity at this age and encourage them to explore their own voice and different writing styles. These prompts will definitely go a long way in inspiring that.

Creative Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers

  • Invent a new type of transportation for the future. Who uses it? Where does it go?
  • If you had a time machine, where would you visit first — the past or the future? Why?
  • You get on the bus and find a four-piece jazz band giving a concert. What do you do?
  • Design and name your own Prodigy pet . What element are they? What’s their special power?
  • Finish this story: “Something just touched my foot,” they shouted, swimming frantically towards the shore. 
  • Write a silly or scary story to tell around a campfire. 
  • Finish this story: Everything was going so well today — until I tripped and fell, right in front of…
  • Throughout your adventures as a pirate on the high seas, you’ve seen lots of strange and magical creatures. Which one was the most interesting?
  • Deep in the heart of a dark and mysterious cave, there lies a magic stone. Write about your quest to find it. 
  • Write an acrostic poem using the word “strawberry.”
  • There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She knit and she baked, but what else did she do?
  • Finish this story: “One thing I’ll never do again,” she said, “Is go on vacation with an alpaca.”
  • Make up a new planet and describe it. 
  • Write a story about a family of penguins living on an iceberg.
  • Write a story about a girl who can walk through walls. 
  • You’ve been invited to a ball at the Queen’s palace! What is it like?
  • Imagine you’re exploring the Amazon jungle. Write a diary entry about your day.
  • If you could invent a TV show, what would it be about?
  • You discovered an underwater kingdom! What is it like there?
  • A lonely trumpet player makes friends with the dancer who lives next door. What happens next?
  • You go to the park to fly a kite, but get carried away by the wind! What happens next?
  • Write a story about a volcano that’s about to erupt.
  • Write a story about visiting an old lady who lives deep in the woods.
  • Boom, you’re a superhero! Give yourself an origin story, describe your superpowers and plan what you’ll do to make the world a better place. 
  • Write a story using these six words: calendar, headphones, lipstick, mug, bear.
  • You wake up to find you’re invisible. How did it happen? What do you do?
  • There’s been a robbery at the bank, and you’re in charge of finding the culprit. How do you solve the case?
  • Finish the story: Once upon a time, there was a dragon...
  • You just joined a super-secret spy organization. What’s your first mission?
  • Write a story about being cold without using the word “cold.”
  • You’re a scientist and you’ve just discovered a new type of bug. Describe what it looks like, where it’s from and what you’re going to call it. 
  • Imagine a world where all the birds can talk. What would they say?
  • Write about what happens after the end of your favorite book or movie.
  • Finish the story: She sprinted down the driveway to the mailbox. The package was here!
  • You’re on a hike and a bird starts talking to you. What do you do? What does it say?
  • Write a story using these five words: bubblegum, stapler, spoon, lightbulb, strawberry.
  • You ate a magical carrot and your skin turned orange! What happens next?
  • Write about what it would be like if you had an elephant for a pet.

Fun Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers

  • If you were in charge of the classroom for a day, what would your class do?
  • Tell me about the last dream you had.
  • You’re trapped on a desert island. What three things did you bring with you and why?
  • What mythical creature would you like to have as a pet? Why?
  • Invent a new type of pasta. What does it look like? What does it taste like?
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Make a plan and tell the story of your dream vacation.
  • Plan the perfect picnic. Where would it be? What food would you have?
  • If you could decorate your bedroom any way you wanted, what would it look like?
  • Write a story that sounds loud, using onomatopoeia (words that sound like their meaning, like crash, snort, bang and boom.)
  • Invent a new type of cookie. What does it taste like?
  • Invent a new sport. What is it called? What are the rules?
  • How would you disguise yourself to blend in with a forest?
  • You just won a special award from the president. What did you do to earn that award?
  • Do you collect anything? What is it and why? If not, what would you like to collect?
  • You just found a genie in a bottle. What three things would you wish for? (Remember, no wishing for extra wishes!
  • Explain how to play your favorite sport or do your favorite hobby. Make it as exciting as possible!
  • Describe the most beautiful sunrise or sunset you’ve ever seen.
  • If you could live in any book or movie, which one would you choose and why?
  • Imagine that you’re going on a camping trip. What do you pack to make sure the trip is fun?
  • If you could invent a robot to do any chore, what chore would it be? How would the robot do it?
  • Would you rather it was always raining, or always snowing?
  • Imagine you’re a toy inventor. What will you create?
  • Would you rather climb to the top of a mountain or go scuba diving?
  • Interview a family member about their childhood, then write it as a story.
  • What was your favorite toy growing up — why was it so special to you?

Persuasive Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why?
  • Is it better to read the book before you watch the movie, or watch the movie before you read the book?
  • Persuade someone to try out your favorite hobby or sport.
  • What’s the best way to try and persuade a friend to do what you want to do?
  • When is peer pressure good? When is peer pressure bad?
  • Is it better to have lots of friends, or just a few really good friends?
  • Should students be in charge of what they learn in school?

High school students can either be tasked with more complex writing prompts or breathe nuance into simple story ideas. Students can drive these prompts in a million different ways.

So while not necessarily more complicated than middle school, these prompts can be tweaked, either by the student or teacher, to encourage thought-provoking output.

Creative Writing Prompts for High Schoolers

  • Write a story about someone your age who lives on the other side of the world. 
  • Pick up the nearest book and turn to page 7. Close your eyes and point to a random word on the page, then write a story about that word.
  • Write a story in ten words or less.
  • You fell asleep for 100 years. What does the world look like when you wake up?
  • Finish the story: “This isn’t what I hoped would happen,” she said….
  • You’re walking down the street when you see someone who looks exactly like you.
  • Write a story where the main character learns something new about themselves.
  • Write a story that takes place in the desert. 
  • Write a story about a day where everything seems to go wrong. 
  • Write a poem about the color blue.
  • How would your life be different if you didn’t have access to a computer, video games or your phone?

Fun writing prompts for high schoolers

  • You win a million dollars, but there’s a catch — you have to spend it all in 24 hours, or you lose all the money. What do you do?
  • Write about something you or your family does from the perspective of someone from another country.
  • If you could make up a new holiday, when would it be and what would it celebrate?
  • Go out on a nature walk and find a tree. Write the story of that tree, from the time it was a seed until now.
  • What’s the most boring superpower you can think of? How would it be useful?
  • If you could pass any law, what would it be?
  • You meet yourself in the future, as a grown-up at age 35 — what do you talk about? 
  • If you had to show aliens the most important/best things in the world, what would you show them?
  • Who is your hero and why?
  • Write about the best surprise you ever got. 
  • What are three good things you can do for the environment? How can you encourage the people around you to do good things for the environment?
  • What is your earliest memory? Write down as many details as you can remember.
  • If you could take two people – real or fictional – on a cross-country road trip, who would you take? Where would you go?
  • If you could have any job in the world tomorrow, what would you do?
  • What is the best thing about living in your city or neighbourhood?
  • Write a letter to your 30-year-old self. What do you think you’ll accomplish by then?
  • Teach me how to make your favorite recipe.
  • Describe the sound of your favorite song using descriptive words.

Persuasive writing prompts for high school

  • Should kids be allowed to use social media unsupervised? Why or why not?
  • Persuade someone to start a healthy habit, or get rid of a bad one.
  • Should all single-use plastics be outlawed? Why or why not?
  • Should our school have a dress code? Why or why not?
  • Is it more important to be right or to not hurt someone else’s feelings?
  • What important historical figure do you think belongs on the ten-dollar bill?
  • Do you think you’re born with your personality traits, or do you gain them as you grow up?
  • Should mobile apps be responsible for protecting your privacy — why or why not?

Social emotional learning journal prompts

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School is about more than just books and quizzes — it’s about preparing students for the rest of their lives. Social emotional learning teaches them how to build good relationships with peers, understand and control their emotions and make healthy life decisions.

Journaling is a great way for students to reflect on their feelings in a safe, private space. Use these journaling prompts as thought starters for more social emotional learning!

Check out our list of the 25 best social emotional learning activities for students here. 

  • Tell me about a tradition you have with your family or friends. 
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
  • Have you ever found something that you lost? How did you feel when you found it?
  • What is something you haven’t learned this school year that you’re still wondering about?
  • What do you do when you’re angry? Write about three ways you calm yourself down.
  • Where do you feel the safest? Why do you feel safe there?
  • Write a poem to make a friend happy.
  • When was the last time you were kind to someone? How can you be kind to someone today?
  • How are you feeling today? Are you happy, sad, excited or anxious?
  • If you could give your best friend a present, what would it be?
  • What are the qualities you look for in a friend? Why is it important to be a good friend?
  • What does responsibility mean to you?
  • Who do you talk to when you’re worried about something? How do they make you feel better?
  • If you could make a card for anyone in your life, who would it be for and what would it say?
  • What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  • Write about a time you had to make a hard decision. How did you make your decision?
  • What do you do to make yourself happy when you’re sad?
  • Write about a time you were disappointed. 
  • What are three things that make your best friend awesome?
  • What do you think empathy means? Why is it important?
  • How can you cheer up a friend who is sad?
  • What makes you a good friend? How can you be a better friend?
  • What’s the best piece of advice a friend, parent or teacher has ever given you?
  • Write three goals for the rest of the school year. How are you going to accomplish them?
  • What does responsibility mean to you? What are you responsible for at school and at home?
  • What person in your life makes you feel confident?
  • What scares you? How can you overcome your fears?
  • Tell me about a time when you tried something new. How did it feel? Did you do it again?

Math writing prompts for kids

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Whether it’s tackling word problems or explaining a new concept, writing is a surprisingly good tool for the math classroom. 

A math journal can help you understand what students already know, while giving them space to work through tricky concepts on their own. Use these writing prompts to promote literacy in every subject — and help students avoid math anxiety .

  • Tell me everything you know about ________.
  • Explain, in words, how to solve this problem.
  • What is and isn’t true about this situation?
  • What is _______?
  • Explain two different ways to solve this problem. Which one is better?
  • What did you get correct in this problem?
  • What mistakes did you make while solving this problem?
  • What do you not understand about _____?
  • Write a word problem using the concept we’re learning about. 
  • What did you learn today?
  • How do you use math in your everyday life?
  • What is the easiest/hardest part of math class?
  • What discoveries did you make in math class today?

Final thoughts on writing prompts for kids

Writing prompts aren’t the end of the story — they’re just the beginning. Encourage your students to build a regular writing practice, and soon you’ll see the benefits in every class. 

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100 creative writing prompts for middle school

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100 creative writing prompts for middle school

40 Animal Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • A kid wakes up to find a giraffe standing over his bed. What happens next? 
  • You have to do battle with a giant snake or a giant spider. Which would you choose and why? 
  • You’ve been selected to live for a year on the International Space Station. You can take one animal with you. What animal do you think would be best suited for life in space. Why? 
  • Imagine you came home from school and your pet was ten times its usual size. What would you do next? 
  • If you could have any pet, what would it be? 
  • You can give your teacher any animal for their birthday. What animal would you choose and why? 
  • Are there any animals you believe people shouldn’t be able to keep as pets? Why do you think these animals should never be pets? 
  • Imagine an alien species came to Earth and intended to take only five animals back to their planet. What five animals should they take to help the aliens on their planet best understand life on Earth? 
  • Cat or dog? Which is the better pet? Why? 
  • Tell how you first met your pet, but tell the story from your pet’s point of view. 
  • What animals make bad pets? Why? 
  • Imagine you are going on vacation and a friend is taking care of your pet. Explain in detail precisely how your pet must be cared for in your absence. 
  • You can combine the traits of any three animals into a single new species. What animals do you choose? Describe the new animal you intend to create.  
  • Would you rather be attacked by a shark or a giant squid?  
  • Write a story about the biggest shark in the sea. 
  • If you could be an animal, what would you be? 
  • What is your favorite animal? Why do you like that animal?  
  • What is your least favorite animal? What do you dislike about that animal? 
  • Can your pet do a funny or unusual trick? Describe the trick and how they learned it. 
  • Should animals be kept in zoos? Give three reasons defending your answer. 
  • Should people be allowed to bring their pets into restaurants? Why or why not? 
  • Would you rather have to hibernate through the winter like a bear or come out only at night like an owl? 
  • If you had a parrot that could talk, what would you teach it to say? 
  • Choose any animal and imagine what the world would look like if they were the dominant species. 
  • Would you rather like to jump sixty times your height like a flea or lift 100 times your body weight like an ant? 
  • Would you rather be a shark or a dolphin? Explain your answer. 
  • A dog’s nose is more than 10,000 times more acute than a human being’s. Describe all the things you would smell going through your day if you had the nose of a dog. 
  • If you could bring back one dinosaur, what dinosaur would you choose? Why? 
  • You have to fight a wooly mammoth or a saber-tooth tiger. Which would you choose to fight and why? 
  • You can save any one animal from extinction, but to do so you must choose a different animal to vanish forever. What animal would you choose to save, and what animal would you select for extinction? 
  • Imagine that all spiders disappeared tomorrow. What do you think would happen with them gone? 
  • What animal do you think is the smartest? Explain your answer.  
  • What is your spirit animal. Explain your answer. 
  • Is it okay to have a monkey for a pet? Why or why not? 
  • Why do you think there are more insects than mammals? 
  • Whales don’t sing as much as before because of noise from boats on water. Write a journal response explaining how we can help the whales sing again. 
  • What animal do you think is most similar to you in personality? Why? 
  • Why do you think so many people are afraid of spiders? 
  • What’s the difference between a cheetah and a tiger? 
  • Ants can build structures that, relative to their size, are larger than anything ever built by human beings. How do you think they achieve this given their tiny brain size? 

84 Biographical Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Write about a time you stood up for something you believed in. What did you do? 
  • What is the worst gift you ever received? Why didn’t you like it? How did you respond when you saw what you’d gotten?  
  • What is the earliest memory you have? Describe your memory. Why do you think this is the earliest memory you can recall? 
  • Do you think your personality has been shaped more by who you were when you were born or by the way you’ve been raised by your parents? 
  • What is your favorite thing about yourself? Why is it your favorite? 
  • Are you most like your father or mother? Why? 
  • What do you like least about yourself? Explain your answer. 
  • What makes you who you are? 
  • Do you like being the center of attention? Why or why not? 
  • Who is the person in your life that makes you laugh the most? Why do you find them so amusing? 
  • What was your favorite summer vacation? Why? 
  • Write about a time you gave something of yours to someone who needed it? What did you do? 
  • Do you consider yourself to be a patient person? Why or why not? 
  • Do your parents let you choose your own clothes at the store, or do they pick them for you? What is your style like? 
  • What is your favorite game? Is it a video game or a board game? What do you like about it? 
  • What is the best gift you ever received? What made it so special?
  • Write about a secret you’ve never shared. How do you keep it secret? How does the secret make you feel? 
  • What is the hardest decision you ever made in your life? Explain what made it so difficult. 
  • Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like? How did you react? 
  • Have you ever gone to summer camp? Did you enjoy it? Explain your answer. 
  • If you were the ruler of the world, what would you do? 
  • If you could only play one sport for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why? 
  • You can visit any country in the world, but only for a day. What country would you choose and what would you do for that day? 
  • What is the most unfair thing in your life? Explain your answer. 
  • Are you a team player? What qualities do you possess that make you a team player or not? 
  • You can eat only one cuisine for the rest of your life. What type of food would you choose and why? 
  • What is your favorite month of the year? Why? 
  • Describe your bedroom. Is it messy or clean? Where are all your favorite things? What posters/pictures are on the walls? 
  • Write a letter to your older self ten years from now. What do you hope that your older self has accomplished by then? What do you want your older self to remember about the person you are now? 
  • Write a letter to your younger self in first grade. What do you wish you knew in first grade that you know now? What advice would you give your younger self? 
  • What is the most important thing you ever learned? 
  • When was the last time you laughed so hard you could barely breathe? 
  • Where do you feel most at home? What is it about that space that makes you feel comfortable and safe? 
  • When was the last time you felt so angry you wanted to hit something? Why were you so angry? 
  • Imagine you won the lottery and now have $100,000,000. Everyone in your family expects you to give them money and make them rich. Would you give everyone in your family money or keep it for yourself? Explain your choice. 
  • You’ve just been elected leader of the country. What is the first thing you would do with your new power? Why? 
  • Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly? Explain your answer. 
  • What one superpower do you wish you had? Why? 
  • Do you remember your dreams? How often? What happens in them? 
  • Describe the worst mistake you ever made and how you have learned from it. 
  • What are your top three pet peeves? Why do these things bother you so much? 
  • What is your go-to thing to do when you’re bored? What would happen if you could no longer do that thing for an entire year? 
  • Imagine you could meet any person in history, living or dead. Who would you want to meet and what five questions would you ask them? 
  • You can spend the day with any cartoon character. What character do you choose? Why? What would you do together? 
  • If you could open any business, what kind of business would you start? 
  • What is your worst quality? How do you think you can improve on it? 
  • Have you ever been bullied? Describe how it happened and how it made you feel. 
  • What is your perfect meal? Describe it in detail. 
  • When was the first time you can remember feeling sad? What made you feel that way? 
  • If someone wrote a book about your life, would you be the hero, the villain, or the sidekick? 
  • If you had to pick one of your classmates as someone who inspires you, who would you pick and why? 
  • What is the most valuable thing you own? Why is it special? 
  • You can make one wish come true that would help other people but would not benefit you at all. What wish would you make and why? 
  • Who is the most trustworthy person you know? Would you trust them with your deepest, darkest secrets? 
  • Imagine the person you least like spending time with. What would happen if you had to spend an entire week with that person, all day, every day? 
  • Have you ever failed to keep a promise? Why did you fail? How did it make you feel? 
  • Do you think of yourself as a competitive person? Why or why not? 
  • Have you ever done something simply because other people were doing it, even when you thought it didn’t look like any fun? How did you feel afterward? 
  • If you died tomorrow, what one thing would you want everyone in your school to remember about you? 
  • Have you ever collected anything? If so, what did you collect and why? If not, why do you think you’ve never been interested in collecting? 
  • Write about a time when you had to work very hard for something. What made it so difficult? Why were you willing to work so hard? Was it worth it? 
  • Have you ever been admitted to the hospital? Explain why and what your stay was like. 
  • If you could trade places with a single person in your school, who would you trade places with and why? 
  • You have to give up one of your senses. Which do you give up and why? 
  • Who is the oldest person you’ve ever known? Why do you think they were able to live so long? 
  • You have to go an entire month without the internet. How would this affect your life? 
  • Would you rather be a great athlete or a great musician? Explain your choice.  
  • Describe something that you used to enjoy when you were younger but that you find embarrassing now. Why did you like it when you were younger?  
  • Have you ever lost something that you loved dearly? How did you lose it? How did it feel? 
  • What do you wish your parents understood about you? 
  • Are you too hard on yourself or do you let yourself off the hook too easily? Explain. 
  • What childhood rules did you break when you were younger? What were the results of your actions? Would you break those rules again? 
  • Describe a time when you have suffered and your suffering made you stronger. 
  • Are you the same person on social media as you are in real life? Why or why not? 
  • Have you ever felt like you can’t do something because of your gender? Describe how that made you feel. 
  • Do you think you have a sense of style? What does your style say about who you are as a person? 
  • Do you think your use of technology and social media has made you more isolated as you’ve gotten older? Explain. 
  • Would you pursue a career if you knew you would never make much money doing it? 
  • Which is more important to you: work that makes you happy or work that makes you money? 
  • Do you look forward to getting older? Why or why not?  
  • What do you think is the perfect age? Explain your choice. 
  • Would you like your body to be frozen just before your death so that you might be resurrected hundreds or thousands of years from now? Why or why not? 
  • Would you rather be rich but die young or be poor and die old? Explain.
  • Have you ever been talked into something? What was it? Why were you convinced to do it? 

50 Book Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • If you could have your teacher read only one book for the rest of their life, what book would you choose for them? Explain your choice.  
  • Do you think kids should be allowed to read whatever they want? Defend your answer. 
  • Pick three books you believe everyone in the country should read. Explain why you choose those three books. 
  • Pick a book that you think was better than the movie version. Why was the book more effective? 
  • Pick a book that you think was not as good as the movie version. Why was the movie better? 
  • If you had to share your bedroom with one fictional character from a book, which character would you choose? Describe why they would be a good roommate.  
  • What is your favorite book? Why do you enjoy it so much? 
  • Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction? Why? 
  • What is the most interesting book you ever read? What did you like about it? 
  • What is the worst book you ever read? Why was it so awful? 
  • Who is your favorite author? Why do you like their work? 
  • If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you want to meet? What three questions would you ask them? 
  • Pick a character from one of your favorite books. Imagine that character was placed in a totally different story. Write about how they would behave in their new setting. For example: imagine Harry Potter was transported to Transylvania and had to face-off against Dracula. 
  • What do you think makes a great book? Explain your answer. 
  • Do you think classic books like James and the Giant Peach or Charlotte’s Web are better than modern novels? Or are modern novels better than the classics? Defend your answer. 
  • Are there any genres of novels you don’t enjoy reading (ex: mysteries, romances, horror)? Why don’t you like those genres? 
  • Do you ever listen to audiobooks? How do you think they compare to physical books? 
  • Which Harry Potter house do you think you belong in? Why? 
  • Has a book ever changed your life? Why or why not? 
  • Imagine that your favorite fictional character had to come to school with you. What would they think of your school? What would do together? 
  • Do you think certain books should be banned from school libraries? Explain your answer. 
  • If you knew that a particular book were banned from your school library, would that make you want to read the book or stay away from it? Explain your answer. 
  • Imagine that you are writing to a student a few years younger than you. Recommend three books to them and explain why you believe they should read them. 
  • Throughout history, slave owners consistently prevented their slaves from learning to read. Why do you think slave owners didn’t want their slaves to read? 
  • When you read, do you question what the author is telling you or accept whatever they say without question? 
  • If you were given the power to make people only read fiction or non-fiction, which would you choose? Explain. 
  • If you had to spend a year reading books from only one other country, what country’s literature would you choose and why? 
  • If you were to write a novel, what kind of story would you write? A mystery? A horror story? A science fiction tale? Explain your choice. 
  • What makes you pick up a book to read? Is it the cover? The description of the story? The author? 
  • When you read a book, do you read out loud or only in your head? 
  • Is it better to read a physical book or an ebook on your phone? Or does it not matter either way? Explain your choice. 
  • Do you think kids today read less than their parents did when they were your age? Why or why not? 
  • Adults often worry that kids don’t read enough books anymore. How many books a year do you think is enough for a kid to read?  
  • Have you ever read a book that you’d be embarrassed to be seen reading in public? Why would you feel that way? 
  • Are either of your parents readers? What kinds of books do they like to read? 
  • Is it better to read books or do you think you can get just as much out of reading magazines and websites? 
  • The oldest books in the world range from 500 to 2700 years old. Given that so much is now printed digitally, do you think any books from our own time will survive for that long? Why or why not? 
  • Many people pass down important books from parents to children. Are there any books that are passed down through generations in your family? If not, are there any books you would one day want to pass down to your children? 
  • Bill Gates paid over $30,000,000 for a notebook written by Leonardo da Vinci. Do you think this was a good use of his money or a total waste? Explain your answer. 
  • The longest sentence ever published in a novel was written by Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame . That sentence was 823 words long. What do you think would happen if you turned in this writing prompt with a sentence that long?  
  • What is the longest book you ever read? Do you think long books are better than short books? Why or why not? 
  • Would you rather read 10 short books that are each 100 pages, or one long book that is 1,000 pages? Explain your answer. 
  • When adults write books for kids your age, what do you think they fail to understand about you and your peers? What things do they get wrong about kids these days? 
  • Do you think every book should have illustrations? Why or why not? 
  • Do you like books with short chapters or long chapters? Explain your answer. 
  • What was your favorite picture book as a child? Why did you like that particular book?  
  • Do you think picture book writers like Dr. Seuss deserve to be considered great writers like authors who write chapter books (JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, etc.)? Why or why not? 
  • Before the printing press was invented, history and stories were passed down orally. Why do you think the book has replaced the oral tradition? What makes the book and writing so durable and powerful? 
  • Do you think people should write and underline in books? Why or why not?
  • If you could have the President read any book, what book would you choose and why?

50 Comparison Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Your best friend and your worst enemy 
  • Coke and Pepsi 
  • Boys and girls 
  • Freezing to death and burning to death 
  • The pen and the sword 
  • Outer space and the bottom of the ocean 
  • School food and home food 
  • Big city and small town 
  • Vampires and werewolves 
  • Texting and talking in person 
  • Virtual learning and learning in person 
  • Money and happiness 
  • Digital movies and physical movies 
  • Football and basketball 
  • Men’s sports and women’s sports 
  • Owning a business and working for someone else 
  • Math and science 
  • Reading and writing 
  • Childhood today and childhood when your parents were in school 
  • Hurricanes and tornados 
  • Coffee and tea 
  • Homeschool and public school 
  • Movies at home and movies at the theater 
  • Flying in an airplane and traveling by train 
  • Playing a guitar and playing the drums 
  • Camping in a tent and camping in an RV 
  • Monday and Friday 
  • Going to church and sleeping in 
  • Losing a leg and losing an arm 
  • Getting bit by a shark and getting bit by a bear 
  • Peanut butter and jelly 
  • Ice cream and cake 
  • First day of school and last day of school 
  • Birth and death 
  • Giving gifts and receiving gifts 
  • Kissing and being kissed 
  • Asking someone on a date and being asked out on a date 
  • Driving a limo and driving a bus 
  • Sitting in the front of the class and sitting in the back of the class 
  • Going to restaurant and cooking at home 
  • Oldest sibling and youngest sibling 
  • Mom and dad 
  • Pride and humility 
  • Like and love 
  • Comedy and horror 
  • Showers and baths 
  • The first page of a book and the last page of a book 
  • Writing on a computer and writing by hand 
  • Explosively loud fart and silent-but-deadly fart
  • Swords and lightsabers

50 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • A witch casts a spell on your parents so they can only bark instead of talk. Write about your evening dinner together.  
  • You come to school and find that you have a substitute teacher, but the sub is a tiny baby. Write about how you and your class get through the day. 
  • You mix all the flavors at the gas station soda fountain. When you drink the concoction, you can suddenly see the future. What happens next? 
  • Imagine your grandfather was a fabulous world traveler. One day you find an old camera he used to take on his travels, and inside is some undeveloped film. You get the film developed. Write about the pictures you discover. 
  • Your best friend lets you borrow his hat. But whenever you put it on, you can hear everything your friend is thinking. What happens next? 
  • Imagine you can understand what cats are saying. Write about what happens when the cats in your neighborhood find out you can understand them.  
  • You’re flying on a plane to visit your uncle. You look out the window and see a young boy hanging onto the wing of the plane. His fingers are slipping, and he’s screaming for help. What happens next? 
  • Imagine you found an old book in the library but when you try to check it out the librarian says you can’t read it. You sneak it out of the library anyway, but when you get home the book opens on its own and gigantic vines start growing out of it. What happens next? 
  • You find a journal from 1850. On the last page it reads: “Come help me! You’re my only hope.” What happens next? 
  • You wake up and discover that you have switched bodies with your dad. Write about your day. 
  • Imagine your teacher has gone missing for a week. One day they are back at school. Your class asks where your teacher went, and they say they were kidnapped by aliens. What happens next? 
  • Rewrite your favorite book or movie, but make the villain the hero of the story.  
  • You receive a plastic dinosaur for your birthday. You take it home, and later that night you wake up to see it walking across your bedroom floor. It looks at you and roars. What next? 
  • Imagine you are assigned a new locker on the first day of school. You open the locker and find a backpack inside. In the backpack is $1,000. Write about what happens next. 
  • You have new neighbors. As you watch them unloading their moving van, you see they have a pet dragon. What happens next? 
  • Your grandmother comes to visit after a nice vacation overseas. You ask about her trip, and she tells you she met a werewolf. What happens next? 
  • A new girl you’ve never met joins your class. As your teacher begins today’s lesson, the girl passes you a note. It reads: “Do you remember me?” What happens next? 
  • Choose your favorite emoji and write a backstory about its life. 
  • You wake up one morning and realize you are floating five feet above your bedsheets. What happens next? 
  • A new boy arrives in your class. He cries a lot, but his tears are Skittles. Write about what happens next.  
  • On a class trip to the zoo, you get separated from your classmates. You wander around the zoo looking for your friends and teacher. You stop to look at the giraffe, and it bends its head down and says: “Hey, kid. Get me outta here.” What happens next? 
  • You wake up one morning and look out your window. A rocket ship has landed on your lawn. What happens next? 
  • Imagine you are teleported into your favorite video game. What happens next? 
  • Your parents ask you to help weed the garden. You start pulling weeds, but as you do you discover something buried in the dirt: a treasure chest. Write about what’s inside and what happens next. 
  • On a class trip to a museum you get separated from your class. You wander the halls, but there doesn’t seem to be anyone in that part of the museum. Eventually you find your way to the entrance, but it’s locked. You’re stuck there overnight. What happens next? 
  • It’s the first day of school and you have a new teacher. Your teacher is a robot. Write about your first day in class. 
  • Your parents hire a magician for your little brother’s birthday. The magician says he can make your brother disappear. He performs the trick and your brother is gone. The magician tries to bring him back, but something goes wrong and it doesn’t work. What happens next? 
  • Write a conversation between your socks and your shoes. 
  • You’re helping clean out your aunt’s garage. In a box you find an old oil lamp. You rub the lamp and a genie pops out. Write about what happens next. 
  • You are the world’s youngest doctor. You have made a mind-blowing new medical discovery that will change the world. Write about your discovery and how it will affect modern medicine. 
  • You have won a contest where every day you get a new 100-pound box of candy shipped to your house. Write about the type of candy you would order and what happens next. 
  • You’re on an airplane flying to Disneyland. You really have to pee. You go to the bathroom, but when you come out the entire plane is empty. Everyone has disappeared. What happens next? 
  • You have brought flowers to the cemetery to put on your grandmother’s grave. You walk down the row to her headstone, but when you get there the ground is dug up and her coffin is gone. What happens next? 
  • You are watering the flowers in your mother’s garden. You bend down to smell the roses, but when you do you hear a tiny voice coming from the flowers: “Help us!” What happens next? 
  • You’re at the lake skipping rocks across the water. You make a great throw and the rock skips into the middle of the lake. Then, suddenly, the rock comes skipping back. What happens next? 
  • You come into class after school for tutoring, but just as you open the door you see your teacher pulling off her face. It’s a mask, and underneath your teacher is an alien. What happens next? 
  • You wake up and discover you’re a mouse. You realize you left your pet snake on the floor last night instead of putting it in its cage. What happens next? 
  • Your cat is meowing at your door. You think it has caught another bird, but when you open the door you discover it has caught a tiny person three inches high. What happens next? 
  • You open your freezer and discover it has become a doorway to a cold, wintry world. You step inside. What happens next? 
  • You’re taking a plane to visit your cousins in New York City. But when the plane lands, you realize that you’re actually in Chicago. What happens next? 
  • One day the school bully comes up to you and says if you don’t help him he’ll beat you up. You say sure. He says he needs your help apologizing to everyone he’s ever bullied. What happens next? 
  • Your little brother is drawing monsters at the kitchen table. You look over his shoulder, and suddenly his drawings come to life. They peel themselves off the paper and start to run around. What happens next? 
  • There’s a knock at your door and when you open it you find an old man who hands you a glass jar with clear water in it. He tells you that the water in the jar will make you live forever, and that he has lived over five-hundred years. Then he leaves. What happens next? 
  • You are taking a ride in a hot air balloon. Suddenly a terrible wind comes up and you are blown off course. The skies darken, and you realize you’re heading for a massive thunderstorm. What happens next? 
  • You and your best friend are skydiving. You jump out of the plane. As you fall, you try to pull your chute, but your parachute is broken. The ground is coming up fast. What happens next? 
  • You wake up one morning and start to yawn, but you realize your mouth has disappeared. What happens next? 
  • You’re invited to your neighbor’s house for the first time to swim in their new pool. You dive into the water and discover there is no bottom to the pool. The water stretches and stretches like an ocean and when you surface you’re in a whole new world. What happens next? 
  • Imagine you live in an apartment building. The elevator has buttons for 19 floors, because there’s no button for unlucky 13. One day you board the elevator and discover the button for the 13 th floor has appeared. What happens next? 
  • You’re at the mall and really have to go to the bathroom. You find a bathroom and go inside, but standing by the sink is a gigantic bunny with ears that touch the ceiling. It looks at you and says: “I wouldn’t use this bathroom if I were you.” What happens next? 
  • Imagine your little sister gets a gerbil for a pet. One day the gerbil crawls onto your lap and says: “Listen, I know where the buried treasure is. You want me to show you?” What happens next?

50 Descriptive Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Describe the most disgusting school lunch you can imagine. 
  • Imagine your school is rocked by a massive earthquake. Describe the events inside your classroom. 
  • Describe love without using the words love or emotion . 
  • Describe how you want to spend the last day of your life.  
  • Imagine you are teleported 100 years into the future. Describe the way your hometown looks. 
  • You have invented a brand new flavor of soda pop. Describe what it tastes like, what it’s called, and what the label looks like. 
  • Describe a problem you’re facing at home and how you might solve it. 
  • Describe a problem you’re facing at school and how you might solve it.  
  • Imagine the world suddenly loses all electricity. Describe how you would go through your day with no lights, no power, no internet, no phones.  
  • Describe your dream car. What brand of car? What color? What kind of seats? What would it have inside? 
  • You’re planning a road trip across the country. Describe the route you would take, what cities you would stop in, and what you would see along the way. 
  • Who is your favorite family member? Describe what makes them so special. 
  • Describe your bedroom. What’s on the walls? Is it neat or dirty? How big is your bed? Include as much detail as you can. 
  • Look at your hand. Describe what you see without using the words hand, finger, or nails . 
  • Describe the most beautiful flower you can imagine.  
  • Describe the smell of the school locker room. 
  • Imagine your teacher blames you for something you didn’t do and punishes you in front of the whole class. Describe how you feel in that moment. 
  • Think of the bravest person you know. Describe what makes them brave and how they are different from everyone else. 
  • Think of your favorite toy when you were younger. Describe that toy. Why was it your favorite? 
  • Imagine you are sitting on a bus and the person next to you lets out a silent but awful fart. The worst you’ve ever smelled. Describe that smell.  
  • Describe the worst day of your life. 
  • Describe the best day of your life. 
  • Think about what makes you a good friend. Describe the three qualities you think make you an excellent friend. 
  • Imagine you were there the day the Titanic sank. Describe what you saw as you watched the great ship go down. 
  • Imagine you were with Neil Armstrong when the first astronauts landed on the moon. Describe what you saw when you stepped out onto the moon. 
  • Your principal comes on over the intercom and announces that an asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth and life as we know it will end in two hours. Describe how the world ends. 
  • Imagine that you are surfing on the California coast. Describe what it feels like to be out on the ocean and ride the waves back into shore.  
  • Describe the thing that scares you the most. 
  • Imagine you are on a spaceship hurtling past a black hole. Describe what you see. 
  • Imagine you have the ability to fly. You take off and zoom around your hometown. Describe what you see in the air and down below you. 
  • Imagine the most perfect birthday cake. Describe what the cake looks like, what it tastes like, how many candles, etc.  
  • Describe your first kiss, either real or imaginary.  
  • Pick a parent. Describe what they do for a living. What does their day look like?  
  • The warning sirens go off. A tornado has just touched down near your home. You scramble outside to get shelter, and you can see the tornado coming. Describe what you see all around you. 
  • Describe the worst fight you ever had with your parents.  
  • Describe a time you wanted something so badly but didn’t get it.  
  • Imagine you are part of the first wave of immigrants to Mars. Describe what life is like when you arrive. What is your home like on the Red Planet? 
  • Imagine you are onboard a fabulous submarine with giant glass windows. Describe your travels under the ocean and all the things you see. 
  • Imagine you’ve created a brand new donut. Describe the donut you created, what it looks like, what it tastes like, etc. 
  • Describe your perfect pet. What qualities of your pet makes them so appealing? 
  • Describe the first school dance you ever attended.  
  • Imagine you are out hiking and become separated from your group. You realize you’re lost. Describe how you would find your way back or help others to find you. 
  • You’ve joined the circus. Describe the act you will perform opening night. 
  • Describe your favorite kind of music without telling the genre (rock n roll, rap, rhythm and blues, etc.) or mentioning the name of any band/artist. 
  • Describe the best pair of shoes you ever wore. 
  • Imagine you colored your hair a neon color and cut it any way you want. Describe how your hair would look and how people would react to your new style. 
  • Describe the best birthday party you ever had.  
  • Imagine you crossed the country 200 years ago in a covered wagon. Describe what you saw on your way west to California.  
  • Imagine you were part of the crew that discovered King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. Describe what you saw as you entered the pyramid and uncovered the mummy. 
  • If the inside of your mind were a room, describe what that room would look like and what would be inside it.

50 Either/Or Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Would you rather have your greatest success at a young age or later in life? 
  • Would you rather live on Mars or the bottom of the ocean? 
  • Would you rather cut all sports programs at school or lose the school library? 
  • Would you rather be 10 years old forever or 70 years old forever? 
  • Would you rather there were no cell phones or no video games? 
  • Would you rather be a zombie or a vampire? 
  • Would you rather your mom chooses your clothes or your brother/sister? 
  • Would you rather eat only cake or only ice cream? 
  • Would you rather travel by airplane or by train? 
  • Would you rather visit the East coast or the West coast? 
  • Would you rather live 100 years in the future or 100 years in the past? 
  • Would you rather live through a hurricane or a tornado? 
  • Would you rather be the star of a movie or the main character of a book? 
  • Would you rather have purple hair or no hair at all? 
  • Would you rather listen to only classical music or no music ever again? 
  • Would you rather be super tall or super short? 
  • Would you rather be incredibly strong in only one arm or only one leg? 
  • Would you rather be an Olympic athlete or a pro sports star? 
  • Would you rather celebrate only Christmas or only Halloween? 
  • Would you rather be rich and unknown or famous but poor? 
  • Would you rather end world hunger or create world peace? 
  • Would you rather attend private school or be homeschooled? 
  • Would you rather have an extra eye or an extra nose? 
  • Would you rather be a shark or a whale? 
  • Would you rather join the circus or the rodeo? 
  • Would you rather hitchhike across the country or hop trains? 
  • Would you rather climb the world’s highest mountain or descend into the world’s deepest pit? 
  • Would you rather write a famous novel or sing a famous song? 
  • Would you rather be the teacher or the principal? 
  • Would you rather watch the sunrise or the sunset? 
  • Would you rather eat only waffles or eat only pancakes? 
  • Would you rather raise a boy or a girl? 
  • Would you rather be an eagle or an owl? 
  • Would you rather have permanent spring or permanent fall? 
  • Would you rather lose one month of summer vacation or all the holiday breaks during the school year? 
  • Would you rather lose your eyesight or your hearing? 
  • Would you rather be beautiful or wealthy? 
  • Would you rather work hard and fail or barely work and succeed? 
  • Would you rather be the rain or the sunshine? 
  • Would you rather work from home or work in an office? 
  • Would you rather make more money as an employee or work for yourself but make less money? 
  • Would you rather get bit by a spider or stung by a bee? 
  • Would you rather stop to smell the roses or rush to get to where you’re going? 
  • Would you rather only be able to eat with a fork or only be able to eat with a spoon? 
  • Would you rather live forever and be unhappy or live to be 75 and be happy all those years? 
  • Would you rather be blind or not be able to taste anything? 
  • Would you rather be able to dance or be able to sing? 
  • Would you rather have to ride a tricycle to school or a ride a unicycle to school? 
  • Would you rather go to the theater or watch a movie at home? 
  • Would you rather be known for being honest or being loyal?

50 Expository Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • In some cultures it is rude to burp. In others, it is considered a compliment to burp after a meal. Write about burping and the differences in table manners around the world.  
  • Many schools are banning pop machines. Write about the effects of drinking too much soda, and whether or not you think kids should be able to choose for themselves.  
  • What’s your favorite kind of music? Write about the history of that musical genre and what other genres of music influenced it. 
  • Passing gas. Breaking wind. Silent but deadly. Most people think it’s rude to fart in public, but it’s also unhealthy to hold it in. Write about why farting is considered rude. Do you think it makes sense to shame people for doing something that everybody must do? 
  • Is honesty really the best policy? Write about why people value honesty but also the times when honesty may get you in trouble. Do you think you should always tell the truth? 
  • Imagine you’re a movie director. What kind of movie would you make? Write about how you would make your movie, from first idea to final cut to releasing your movie to the world. 
  • Write about the reasons for school dress codes. Do you think dress codes are fair? Should students have input on what goes in the dress code?  
  • Many people claim to have seen aliens and alien space ships. Write about the history of UFO sightings. Do you think we may have been visited by extraterrestrials? 
  • What’s the best way to cure a cold or flu? Write about the different ways people around the world approach basic healing. What do you think is the best remedy for common illness? 
  • Many countries are encouraging citizens to buy electric cars to save the environment, but those cars plug into a power grid fueled mostly by coal. Write about the history of electric cars. Do you think electric cars will positively impact the environment? 
  • Everyone says kids are addicted to cell phones. Are they? Write about cell phone use and how it compares to other technologies kids were obsessed with in the past.  
  • Write about the history of space exploration. Is it important for human beings to continue to explore outer space and travel to other planets? Do you think we’ll ever have a colony on Mars? 
  • Write about the right to vote, how it has changed over time, and how old you think you should be before you can vote.  
  • What does it mean to live a healthy life? Write about the history of health food trends and how health is different around the world. What do you think a healthy life looks like? 
  • What is the best way to assess learning? Are grades the most effective way? Is it better to simply assign pass/fail? Or maybe no grades at all? Write about the history of grading and how it affects both students and teachers. 
  • Does life get better as you get older? Write about the benefits and downsides that you’ve experienced as you’ve gotten older. What do you think is the perfect age? 
  • Newspapers were once read by everyone. Now people get their news through social media. Write about how technology has changed the way people consume information. Has technology made things better or worse?  
  • “History is written by the winners.” Pick an event from history and write about the side that “lost”. How does it influence our understanding of history when we don’t get to hear from the “losers”? Can we fully trust what we hear from the “winners”? 
  • Write about the history of video games. Do you think kids spend too much time playing video games? Can video games make your life better? 
  • Does homework matter? Write about the reasons teachers assign homework and whether or not you believe homework is an effective tool.  
  • Is the only reason to go to college to get a job? Write about the history of higher education and the various benefits and drawbacks to going to college. Do you think getting a job is the sole reason someone should go to college? 
  • What makes a great movie? How much money it makes? What kind of reviews it gets? Who decides what’s great and what’s not? Write about how you determine a movie’s greatness. 
  • What makes someone a good friend? What qualities are the most valuable in a friend? Do you possess those qualities yourself? 
  • Some parents believe kids should do chores and earn nothing in return. Others give their kids an allowance for chores. Write about chores, whether or not kids should be rewarded for them, and the benefits and drawbacks to doing chores at all.  
  • Some kids drop out of school. Write about the different reasons someone may drop out. What will likely happen to kids who drop out? Are there any advantages to dropping out? 
  • Your class is going to adopt a pet. It can be any animal. Pick an animal you think your class should adopt and explain why that animal is the ideal class pet. 
  • Imagine an extra-curricular activity or program that your school does not currently offer. Write about why you believe your school should offer it and how it would benefit students. 
  • What do you think makes for a good life? Who gets to decide what makes a life good in the first place? How would you determine whether you’ve lived a good life or not? 
  • Do you think kids should have to read the classics in school? What are the benefits of the classics? What are the downsides to reading them? Who decides what makes a book a classic or not? Should those people be able to decide at all? 
  • Imagine a traveler from the 1800s landed in our modern world. What things would be the most different between then and now? What would the traveler find the most strange or wondrous? 
  • What is your favorite place in all the world? What is it about this place that makes it special? Write about this place and how you feel when you are there. 
  • Who do you think is more important in a school: the principal or the teachers? How are these roles different? Why is one more important than the other? 
  • Many schools now focus on preventing bullying. Write about the effects these efforts have had at your school? Is bullying being prevented? Or has it simply changed and gone underground?  
  • What do you think it means to be happy? How do you rate being happy in relation to other things in your life like earning money or being a good friend? Is happiness worth pursuing? 
  • The Founding Fathers wrote that everyone had a right to pursue happiness . Why do you think this was important enough to be included in the Declaration of Independence? Write about the importance of happiness and also why happiness itself is not a right but only its pursuit. 
  • Do you think we expect too much of cultural heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and LeBron James, expecting them to be perfect role models? Often people act surprised when they learn their heroes are not perfect. Is this fair? 
  • Is it okay for kids to drink coffee? Write about the effects coffee has on mood and on the brain. Do you think kids your age should be allowed to drink coffee in school?  
  • Many people argue kids today have poor social skills because they spend too much time on their phones. Write about how technology has affected your social skills. Do you think this criticism is valid? How do you feel when you have to communicate in person rather than on a phone? 
  • In today’s world, plagiarism is a major offense. But in earlier eras, plagiarism was allowed and artists often reworked the ideas of others. Write about the history of plagiarism and the benefits and downsides to copyrighting artistic works.  
  • “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Do you think this is good advice? Are there times when the lemons you’re handed simply can’t be turned into anything good?  
  • The poet TS Eliot once wrote: “In the end is my beginning.” What do you think this means? Write about how beginnings and endings are linked and whether or not this is true in life. 
  • Should kids be allowed to watch any movie they want? Are there certain types of movies or elements in movies that kids simply shouldn’t see? Write about the history of the ratings system (G, PG, PG-13, R) and how it has changed. Do you think these ratings make sense? 
  • In some countries, every young person is required to enlist in the military for a certain number of years. Write about the history of drafting citizens into the military. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this practice? Do you think you should be required to join the military? 
  • Do you think it’s okay to keep secrets from your parents? Are there some things that should just be between you and your friends? Write about the benefits and drawbacks to secrets. 
  • Years ago, many schools held formal dances where students were required to dress up in nice clothes. Do you think this is a good idea? Or should kids always be allowed to wear whatever they want to a dance? What are the advantages and disadvantages to a dance dress code? 
  • Do you think artificial intelligence will ever surpass human beings? Write about the kinds of “thinking” machines are good at and how they are different from the kinds of things human beings are good at.  
  • We have different ages for various adult responsibilities: 16 to drive, 18 to vote, 21 to drink. Write about how these benchmarks have changed over time. At one age do you think someone becomes an adult? Should all adult responsibilities be given at once or spread out as they are now? 
  • How do you know when someone is lying? How can you be certain unless they admit to lying? Think about what you do when you lie. Is it easy to hide the truth or not? 
  • Why is it considered rude to wear a hat indoors? Should kids be allowed to wear hats in school? What are the advantages and disadvantages to wearing hats in class? 
  • Some parents buy their kids their first car. Others expect their kids to get a job and buy one themselves. What do you think is the best approach? Write about the benefits and drawbacks to your parents buying your car vs you buying it yourself.

67 Family Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Imagine your family is going to rob a bank. What role would you assign to each member of your family? How do you think the heist would go? 
  • If you could be a parent, what would you do differently than your mom or dad? 
  • What do you admire most about your father? 
  • What do you admire most about your mother? 
  • Imagine your family is going to compete on a singing and dancing competition on national television. What song would your family perform? Who would do the singing? What kind of dance would you do? 
  • What’s the worst part about being a sibling? 
  • Imagine that you are now your brother or sister’s teacher. What grades would you give them for their work? Do you think they would do well in your class? 
  • What movies do you enjoy watching as a family? What are the favorite movies of your different family members? 
  • Ask your parents what other names they considered naming you. Do you think you’d prefer any of their other choices? Were you surprised by some of the names they considered? 
  • What chores do you have to do at your house? Are you given anything in return for doing chores? 
  • If you had to pick a single color to describe each member of your family, what color would you choose for them and why? 
  • Who is your favorite member of your extended family (aunt/uncle/cousin/etc.)? What do you like about them? 
  • What is unique about your family? 
  • Does your family open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?  
  • Imagine your family is stuck in a horror movie. Who would be the first to be killed? Who would survive all the way to the end? 
  • What is the favorite meal of each member of your family?  
  • What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken with your family? 
  • Imagine your family is going to start a business. What business would you go into? What role would each member of your family have in the company? 
  • What is the most important value to your family?  
  • How many different homes has your family lived in? Do you have a favorite? 
  • Who is the decision maker in your household? Why do you think they get to make the decisions? 
  • If your parents were superheroes, what powers would they have? 
  • If you had to live with one of your siblings for the rest of your life, which sibling would you choose and why? 
  • Write about a recent argument you had with your parents. What was the argument about? How did it turn out? 
  • Are there any vegetarians or vegans in your family? Does that cause any problems at meal times? 
  • What is something you think other families could learn from yours? 
  • What kinds of rules does your family have? Do you believe any of them are outdated and should be done away with? Which ones and why? 
  • What restaurants does your family like to go to? Is there a special restaurant your family goes to for particular occasions? 
  • What countries did your family come from? Have you ever visited relatives in those countries? 
  • What holidays does your family celebrate? Which one is your favorite? 
  • What traditions does your family keep?  
  • Does your family eat dinner around a table? Why or why not? Do you think it matters either way? Explain your answer. 
  • Who usually cooks in your household? What is their best meal? 
  • What kind of expectations do your parents set for you? What happens when you don’t meet those expectations? 
  • In what ways are you different from your siblings?  
  • In what ways are you similar to your siblings? 
  • Are you more like your mother or father? Explain. 
  • Are you close to your grandparents? Write about your relationship to them and how important they are in your life. 
  • If you had to describe the members of your family as different flavors of soda pop, what flavor would each of your family members be and why? 
  • If you could spent one day with either your parents or your grandparents when they were your age, which would you choose and why? 
  • Do you think you would have been friends with your mom or dad when they were young? Or would you simply be too different to ever have hung out together? Why or why not? 
  • Do you share a bedroom or have your own? Write about the positives and negatives of your current arrangement.  
  • Do you think your parents should buy you a car when you turn sixteen? Why or why not? 
  • Do you think your life has been more difficult than when your parents were young? Or has it been easier? Explain. 
  • Where do you fall in your family? Are you the oldest child? The youngest? Somewhere in the middle? How does this position affect your role in your family? 
  • What books did your parents read to you when you were little? 
  • Imagine your family has been cast to reboot an old movie. What movie would you choose for your family to star in? What role in the movie would you give to everyone? 
  • What is something you learned on your own (either a skill or a life lesson) that you wish your parents had taught you? 
  • What stories do your mom or dad tell about their childhood over and over again?  
  • Do your parents have different rules or expectations for you versus your siblings? Do you think it’s fair that they treat each of you differently or the same? Explain. 
  • If you could trade places with your brother or sister, would you? Why or why not? 
  • What do your parents do for a living? What do you think about their employment? Would you like to follow in their footsteps? Why or why not? 
  • Imagine you could give your mom or dad any job in the world. What job would you give them? Why do you think that job would make them happy? 
  • Do you think your parents are proud of you? Why or why not? 
  • What are your parents’ pet peeves? 
  • What is the one place in the world your parents want to travel to more than any other? Why? 
  • What is something that you learned from your brother or sister? How did you learn it? 
  • What is something you wish your brother or sister knew about you? 
  • Think back to the first time one of your friends ever stayed at your house overnight? What were you worried they would think about your home and your family? 
  • How would you define the word family ? 
  • How does your family celebrate your birthday? 
  • What did you get your mom and dad for Christmas? Why did you choose those gifts? 
  • What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in front of your brother or sister?  
  • Who has the messiest room in your house? Describe their room and why it’s so messy. 
  • What room does your family spend the most time in? Explain.  
  • If you had to pick, would you rather have your mom or your dad as a teacher this year? Explain. 
  • Imagine your family is chosen to be the first family to live in a new colony on Mars. What roles would you give to each member of your family once you land on the Red Planet? Write about your new life on Mars.

60 Friendship Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Imagine you and your best friend are police detectives. What kinds of crimes would you solve? What qualities would make you and your friend good investigators? 
  • Which of your friends do you share the most in common with? What qualities do you have in common? 
  • Write about the worst argument you ever had with a friend. What happened afterwards? 
  • What is something that none of your friends know about you? 
  • Which of your friends do you tell your deepest secrets to? What is it about that friend that makes you trust them? 
  • What kind of music do you listen to with your friends? Do all of your friends share similar tastes in music? Explain. 
  • Write about the day you met your best friend. What was it that drew you together? 
  • If your friends were asked to describe you to someone who had never met you, what would you hope that they say about you? 
  • What movies do you love watching with your friends?  
  • Write about the first time you ever slept over at a friend’s house. What were you afraid of? What were you surprised by? How did the sleepover go? 
  • Have you ever made friends with someone at summer camp? Write about how you connected with that friend. Do you stay in touch? 
  • What qualities do you value most in a friend? 
  • What skills do your friends have that you wish you had? 
  • What skills do you have that none of your friends share? 
  • Imagine you and your friends start a band. What instruments would each of your friends play? Who would sing? What kind of music would you record? 
  • Imagine that your best friend is moving away to the other side of the country. Write them a letter telling them goodbye and what you are going to miss about them. 
  • Write a letter to your younger second-grade self. In the letter, describe the best way to make friends and keep them. 
  • What do you do with your friends in the summer that you don’t do during the school year? 
  • Do you like making new friends? Why or why not? 
  • Do you think you can “buy” friends if you had enough money? For example, if you bought people enough gifts and paid for them to do fun things, that they would be real friends with you? 
  • Write about a time when you “broke up” with a friend. What was it that ended your friendship? Do you think you could ever be friends again? 
  • What is something that you could never forgive a friend for doing? 
  • Is it okay to lie to a friend? Why or why not? If yes, in what situations would a lie be okay? 
  • In a friend, which do you value more: honesty or loyalty? 
  • If you hear someone saying something mean about your friends, do you speak up and defend your friends or keep quiet? Explain. 
  • Of all of your friends, whose parents do you like the most? Why? 
  • Do you have any friends of the opposite sex? How are they different from your friends of the same sex? 
  • Write about a time when two of your friends were fighting and you had to play peacemaker. 
  • Do your parents approve of your friends? Why or why not? 
  • How important is it for a friend to be honest and tell you when you’ve made a mistake?  
  • Write about a time you felt betrayed by a friend. 
  • If you had to describe each of your friends as a pizza topping, what toppings would they be and why? 
  • What television show or movie most resembles the lives of you and your friends? Explain your answer.  
  • What is something that one of your friends is allowed to do that your parents do not let you do? How do you think you and your friend are different because of this? 
  • Do you think modern technology makes it easier to be a good friend? Or does it simply complicate things and make it more difficult? Explain. 
  • Imagine you and your friends are going to take a week-long vacation together. Where would you go? What would you do? Who in your group would decide? 
  • Where do you and your friends fit in the social world of your school? Are you part of a clique or group? How well do you get along with other social groups at school? 
  • If you and your friends were going out trick or treating, what would everyone dress up as and why?
  • If your best friend moved away tomorrow, do you have another friend that might eventually take their place? Write about how that might happen (or how it would be impossible). 
  • If your best friend was magically turned into their opposite gender, do you think you could still be friends? Or is too much of your relationship based on gender for your friendship to still work? Explain. 
  • If you heard an unpleasant rumor about one of your friends, how would you react? Would you tell them about it? 
  • How important is friendship? Where do you rank it in comparison to other important aspects of your life (family, health, happiness, etc.)? 
  • If you had to be adopted by the family of one of your friends, whose family would you choose? Explain.  
  • Where do you and your friends spend most of your time hanging out? Why do you spend so much time at that location? 
  • How do you know when someone is just pretending to be your friend? 
  • What is the kindest thing you ever did for a friend? How did it make you feel? 
  • Imagine you have two close friends but can only eat with one of them at lunch. What do you do in that situation?  
  • Imagine that your teacher accused two of your friends of stealing from the teacher’s desk. Both your friends deny it, but you know which one of them is lying. What do you do? 
  • What would you do if your best friend began hanging out with someone you hate?  
  • Is it harder to make friends now than it was when you were younger? Or is it easier? Explain. 
  • If you and your friends were a box of donuts, what kind of donut would each of your friends be? 
  • What is the funniest movie you ever watched with a friend? Why did you and your friend find it so funny? 
  • What is the saddest movie you ever watched with a friend? What did you and your friend find so sad? 
  • Imagine you and your friends have gone out trick or treating and are now examining how much candy you raked in. How do you divide the candy? Does everyone keep their own? Who trades for what?  
  • If you and your best friend were going to attend a protest, what would you protest against? What kind of signs would you make? 
  • You can pick one of your friends to vote for in the coming election for school president. Which friend do you vote for and why? 
  • Do you behave the same with all of your friends? Or do you change your behavior slightly for each friend? Do you think they do the same around you? 
  • Do you believe you’ll have the same friends in high school and beyond that you do now? Why or why not? 
  • Can you ever have too many friends? Why or why not? 
  • Imagine you and your friends have to perform on America’s Got Talent. What kind of talent performance would you put on?

67 First Line Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • I am an invisible man. – Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison  
  • When Katelyn Ogden blew up in third period pre-calc, the janitor probably figured he’d only have to scrub guts off one whiteboard this year. – Spontaneous, Aaron Starmer  
  • Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life. – James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl  
  • It was the day my grandmother exploded. – The Crow Road, Iain Banks  
  • The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door… – Knock, Fredric Brown  
  • All children grow up, except one. – Peter Pan, JM Barrie  
  • Edward Twonky had no intention of getting eaten by a giant the morning he left for the Cottleston Fair. – The Giant’s Tooth, Bruce Coville  
  • Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. — Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston  
  • Bingo Brown fell in love three times in English class. – The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown, Betsy Byars  
  • My dad and I lived in an airport. – Fly Away Home, Eve Bunting  
  • Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trail and found guilty. – The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi  
  • Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.  – The Outsider, Albert Camus  
  • The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King  
  • It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. – 1984, George Orwell  
  • Things are a lot different around here since that unicorn moved in. – Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, Bob Shea  
  • The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day. – The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss  
  • As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found he had been turned into a giant insect. – Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka  
  • I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. – I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith  
  • When the blind man arrived in the city, he claimed that he had traveled across a desert of living sand. – The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier  
  • In an old house in Paris there lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. – Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans  
  • This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it. – The Princess Bridge, William Goldman  
  • The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. – The Gunslinger, Stephen King  
  • I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. – The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon  
  • I’ve heard it said girls can’t keep secrets. — Wildwood Dancing, Juliet Marillier  
  • Johnny never knew for certain why he started seeing the dead. – Johnny and the Dead, Terry Pratchett  
  • It was a pleasure to burn. – Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury  
  • Most of the time John Midas was a nice boy. – The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Skene Catling  
  • All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy  
  • The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. – The Go-Between, LP Hartley  
  • In the town they tell the story of the great pearl – how it was found and how it was lost again. – The Pearl, John Steinbeck  
  • That morning, after he discovered the tiger, Rob went and stood under the Kentucky Star Motel sign and waited for the school bus just like it was any other day. – The Tiger Rising, Kate DiCamillo  
  • A screaming comes across the sky. – Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon  
  • There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. – The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman  
  • The Herdman’s were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson  
  • We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck. – Feed, MT Anderson  
  • It was one of those things they kept in a jar in the tent of a sideshow on the outskirts of a little, drowsy town. – The Jar, Ray Bradbury  
  • On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers. – Imogene’s Antlers, David Small  
  • People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day. – True Grit, Charles Portis  
  • On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house. – The Colossus Rises, Peter Lerangis  
  • If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it. – The Teacher’s Funeral, Richard Peck  
  • It was like nothing on Earth we had ever seen before. – Your Mother is a Neanderthal, Jon Scieszka  
  • Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. – Cujo, Stephen King  
  • They say Maniac Magee was born in a dump. – Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli  
  • My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine, and again four years later when he was twelve. – Time Traveling With a Hamster, Ross Welford  
  • Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke  
  • Three objects sat upon the carpet in Cleo Porter’s living room: an apple core, a human skull, and a package wrapped in red. – Cleo Porter and the Body Electric, Jack Burt  
  • Kidnapping children is never a good idea; all the same, sometimes it has to be done. — Island of the Aunts, Iva Ibbotson  
  • Once upon a time there was a huge family of children; and they were terribly, terribly naughty. – Nurse Matilda, Christianna Brand  
  • The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could ; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. – The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe  
  • Four days after his own funeral, Albert Wilkes came home for tea. – The Death Collector, Justin Richards  
  • For as long as anyone could remember, there wasn’t a house at the end of Juniper Drive – until one day there was. – This Appearing House, Ally Malinenko  
  • The magician’s underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase floating in a stagnant pond on the outskirts of Miami. – Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins  
  • The city waited twenty-thousand years. – The City, Ray Bradbury  
  • The Black Slide appeared on the playground of Osshua Elementary on a clear day in late September. – The Black Slide, JW Ocker  
  • It was Purdy Newcomb’s thirtieth birthday, though none of his family seemed to be aware of it. – Grand Opening, Jessamyn West  
  • Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. – Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut  
  • The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. – Seveneves, Neal Stephenson  
  • It began the night we died on the Kamikaze. – Full Tilt, Neal Shusterman  
  • The manhunt extended across more than one hundred light years and eight centuries. – A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinges  
  • I waited and watched for seven years. – Dolan’s Cadillac, Stephen King  
  • The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. – A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin  
  • Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes. – The Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander  
  • Esther Solar had been waiting outside Lilac Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for half an hour when she received word that the curse had struck again. – A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, Krystal Sutherland  
  • Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. – Angelfall, Susan Ee  
  • The first thing you learn when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. – The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness  
  • It wasn’t as if he hadn’t been warned. – Sackett, Louis L’Amour  
  • Before the worms turned mean, before they slithered out to get their revenge, Todd Barstow had a great time with them. – Go Eat Worms, RL Stine

40 History Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Imagine you have signed on to go aboard a whaling ship in the 19 th Century. You will be away from your home sailing the seas for three to four years. How do you feel as you step onboard your ship?  
  • Imagine you lived two hundred years ago. There is no electricity, no phones, no paved roads. What would you miss the most about the modern world? Explain.  
  • If you had to build a statue to honor one person from your town, who would you build a statue of and why?  
  • Through most of history, people rarely traveled more than five miles beyond the place where they were born. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this?  
  • Pick a local park or bridge or monument that is named after someone from your town. Write about who that person was and why this park/bridge/monument is named after them.  
  • What is the greatest invention since sliced bread?  
  • America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer who claimed to understand that there was a “New World” between Europe and China. If you could rename the Americas, what would you name them instead and why?  
  • Have you ever been to a history museum? Write about what you saw and what you thought.  
  • If you could visit any period in history, what period would you visit? Why?  
  • What events are going on right now in the world that you think people will write about in the history books hundreds of years from now? Explain your choices.   
  • For thousands of years, very few people could read and write. The invention of the printing press changed that as it made the printing of books and papers much cheaper. How do you think this changed the lives of everyday people?  
  • Have you ever visited your local history museum? Write about what you saw there and what you thought.  
  • Many stories from history are actually not true. George Washington didn’t have wooden teeth. Benjamin Franklin didn’t fly a kite in a lightning storm. Why do you think so many myths get passed down and believed as fact?  
  • “People who neglect history are doomed to repeat it.” Do you agree with this statement or not? Explain.  
  • During World War II, the United States didn’t officially enter the war until the attack on Pearl Harbor. In fact, many citizens didn’t want the US involved at all. Do you think the US would have gone to war if the Japanese had not attacked?  
  • When President Jefferson sent Lewis & Clark into Western America, he believed they would find wondrous creatures like wooly mammoths. They didn’t, of course, but what if they had? Write a “lost journal entry” from Lewis & Clark’s journals in which you discover a wooly mammoth.  
  • “History is written by the winners.” What do you think this statement means? Do you agree?  
  • When do you think was the best time to be alive? Why?  
  • Many people imagine Adolf Hitler was always considered an evil man, but 43% of German people voted for him during his first run for president and was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1938. What do you think we can learn from the fact that Hitler was so popular and yet so evil at the same time?  
  • Do you think you can learn more from non-fiction books like The Diary of Anne Frank or from fictional stories about the same time period like Number the Stars or The Book Thief ? Explain.  
  • What one person from history would you like to meet? What three questions would you ask that person?  
  • If people in the 1930s had YouTube, what do you think they’d be posting videos of?  
  • Often visiting historical sites like the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower is boring. Reality isn’t as exciting as what you’ve seen in the movies. Write about a famous historical site, but write about it in a context that makes it more interesting and exciting. For example, a bank robber who tries to escape the police by hiding inside the Great Pyramid.   
  • What if the Chinese had “discovered” America before Europeans? Write about how the history of the “New World” would be different.  
  • What if the Allies had lost World War II? How would America be different if it were under the control of the Germans and Japanese?   
  • Imagine that you have been hired to record what is happening in your town so that people 100 years from now will know all about it. What would you take pictures of? Who would you interview? What would you ask them about? What would you write down for the history books?  
  • Imagine that you’ve traveled back in time 500 years. Your mission is to make life better for people in the past, but you can’t bring anything with you. Can you accomplish your mission? Can you explain how anything in our modern world works so that people 500 years ago can benefit?  
  • If you had to describe your town as a person, how would you describe it? What gender would it be? What personality would it have? Would it be young or old?   
  • Imagine an archeologist 1,000 years from now digging up your house and discovering your bedroom. Pick three objects they would find. What do you think they would make of those objects? How might they misinterpret what they find?  
  • How much of your history is determined by where you live? Imagine how the history of you and your family would be different if you lived in China, or South Africa, or Brazil. How does geography and culture shape your world?  
  • As cultures and attitudes change, so do our views on figures from the past. What do you think should be done about different holidays, memorials, streets, parks and other things named after historical figures who held views we no longer agree with?  
  • Many cities still have monuments and statues to Confederate generals. What do you think should be done with these monuments? Should they be left standing or removed?   
  • Some people believe everyone should visit the concentration camps of World War II to gain a better understanding of the horrors that happened there. Others feel the camps should be forgotten, that visiting them is like slowing down to view a car wreck. What do you think?  
  • In Philadelphia, a man once found an original copy of the Declaration of Independence behind a painting he had purchased for $4. Imagine your own story of discovering a famous object from history. What object do you discover? Where did you find it? What do you do with it?  
  • In ancient times, the Greek historian Herodotus made a list of the Seven Wonders of the World, which included the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Make your own list of 7 Wonders of Today’s World. What makes your list?  
  • Cities often build monuments to remember major events from history. If you were the mayor of your town, what monument or statue would you build in your city, and what historical event would it commemorate?  
  • The Declaration of Independence speaks of unalienable rights , those rights that should not ever be taken away. Should recess be an unalienable right? As a student, what rights do you think your teacher should be able to take away, and what rights do you think should be unalienable?  
  • In The True Story of the Three Little Pigs , Jon Scieszka retells the classic tale from the point of view of the Big Bad Wolf, giving us a new perspective. Pick a villain from history and retell their story from their point of view.   
  • Thomas Edison is often thought to be the inventor of the lightbulb, but other scientists and engineers invented variations on the light bulb before him. Why do you think history often attributes discoveries to one individual, even when a discovery is the result of the work of many different people?  
  • Napoleon once said: “History is a fable agreed upon.” What do you think he meant? Do you agree?  

50 Movie Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Popcorn is the most commonly sold item at movie theaters. But in certain parts of the country, other foods are also popular. Giant pickles, for example, are sold in theaters in the Southwest. What do you think is the ideal food for watching movies at the theater?  
  • Imagine you can keep only Disney movie. All the others must be lost to history. What movie would you keep and why?  
  • What is the best way to watch a movie? In a theater? On your phone? On your TV at home? Explain your answer.  
  • Who is the greatest movie villain of all time? Explain.  
  • Should kids be allowed to see rated R movies? Why or why not?  
  • What movie terrified you when you were younger? Why?  
  • List your three favorite movies. What do you like about them?  
  • Take a character from one of your favorite movies and place them into a different film. For example, take Spiderman and place him into Jurassic Park . Write about what happens in your mashup.  
  • What is your favorite genre of movie (comedy, action, science-fiction, horror, etc.)? Why do you enjoy those kinds of movies so much?  
  • Who is the greatest movie hero of all time? Explain.   
  • What makes a movie successful? Is it the director? The actors? The screenplay? The special effects? Explain your answer.  
  • Who is the greatest actor or actress of all time? Defend your answer.  
  • Many actors get typecast , meaning they are given the same sort of role over and over again. Clint Eastwood played in dozens of westerns. Jamie Lee Curtis played in many horror movies. If you had to be typecast, what type of movie would you want to act in?  
  • You are invited to watch a movie at the White House with the President, and you get to pick the movie! What movie would you pick and why?  
  • Do you prefer movies or television shows? Why?  
  • Many child actors have success early on and then struggle greatly with drugs, alcohol and depression as they get older. Do you think children should be allowed to act in movies given that it may wreck their lives?  
  • What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen? Why was it so bad?  
  • Certain actors become so famous for a particular role (Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Daniel Craig as James Bond), that everyone in the world knows who they are. Would you want to have that kind of fame? Write about how your life would be different if you were that famous.  
  • Have you ever watched a movie with subtitles? What did you think? Did it change your enjoyment of the movie?  
  • When a new television show comes out, do you prefer to be able to binge watch the entire season? Or is it better for the season to come out one episode every week?   
  • Hollywood is constantly remaking old movies, even movies that were great the first time around. Do you think great movies should be remade, or do you think that they should be left alone since they’re already amazing? Explain.   
  • How do you choose what movie to watch? What is it that catches your eye and makes you pick a particular movie?  
  • Are actors and actresses paid too much money? Is it right for anyone to make $20 million just to star in a movie? Explain your answer.  
  • Would you rather be an actor or a director? Explain.  
  • What do you think of the Academy Awards? Do you think the Academy usually gets their picks for Best Picture, Best Actor, etc right? Or do you think the Academy is usually wrong? Explain.  
  • Did Disney ruin Star Wars ? Defend your answer.  
  • It is now common for directors to go back and alter different things in their movies or shows, sometimes to improve them but other times because people on social media get upset about something in the movie they don’t like. Do you think directors should be allowed to change their movie/show after it has been released? Why or why not?  
  • Have you ever gone to a theater and seen a movie alone? Would you? Why or why not?  
  • You can get rid of one genre of movie forever (comic book movies, horror movies, romantic comedies, etc.). What genre do you do away with and why?  
  • Pick one book that you think should be turned into a movie. Who would you cast in the main roles? Why would it make a good movie?  
  • Can a movie still be a great movie if it has a bad ending? Why or why not?  
  • Name a movie that everybody loves but that you hate. Why do you not like it? Why do you think everyone else is wrong?  
  • What is the very first movie you remember seeing? Did you enjoy it? What do you think of that movie now?  
  • Imagine that you are tasked with re-thinking the movie rating system (G, PG, PG-13, R). How would you recreate the current system? Where would you make the cutoffs? Explain.   
  • If you could remake any movie and put yourself in the starring role, what movie would you remake? What role would you play? Explain.   
  • Many people think very young children shouldn’t be allowed to watch movies or television. When do you think children should be allowed to start watching movies? Explain.  
  • Does seeing violence in movies lead to violence in real life? Defend you answer.  
  • Imagine you are given a chance to pitch a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio. What’s your pitch? What movie would you want them to make?  
  • Imagine Hollywood is going to make a movie of your life. Who would you want to star as you in the movie? Explain.   
  • Have you ever been to a drive-in theater? How was it different from watching a movie at an indoor theater? Did you enjoy the experience?  
  • In the past, some horror movies claimed that they were so scary that people ran out of the theater screaming in terror or fainted dead away in their seats. Do you think these stories were true? Or do you think they were just good marketing to make the movie sound more scary?  
  • Do you think Hollywood should keep making more movies in a successful franchise even if the movies aren’t very good (Lord of the Rings, Marvel comics, Star Wars)? Or should Hollywood move on and make something totally new? Explain.  
  • Imagine that you’re tasked with selecting the next actor to play James Bond. Who would you choose? Why?  
  • Which are better: live action movies or animated movies? Defend your answer.  
  • People often decide whether to watch a movie or not based on user reviews on rating sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. Do you use these ratings to decide what to watch? What are the advantages and disadvantages to letting anyone leave a rating and review?  
  • Are movies better now than movies made in the past? Explain your answer.  
  • Are there movies your parents watched when they were kids that they have had you watch too? What did you think of those movies?  
  • Are there any movies you watch every year as a tradition ( Groundhog’s Day on Groundhog’s Day, A Christmas Carol on Christmas, etc.)? If so, what movies and why do you watch them every year?  
  • What is your favorite documentary film? What is it about? Why do you like it? 
  • “The book is always better than the movie.” Give an example of a movie you think is better than the book. Explain why you think so.   

50 Opinion Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Write a letter to your parents explaining why, in your opinion, you should be their favorite child.  
  • How would you describe the difference between an opinion and a fact?  
  • Imagine you have the power to outlaw either chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Which flavor do you keep, and which do you outlaw? Explain your choice.  
  • Should girls be allowed to play on boy teams and vice versa? Defend your answer.   
  • Should teachers assign homework? Why or why not?  
  • Take the Other Side: Argue for why you should be allowed to drop out of school.   
  • Can wishes come true?  
  • Should you be required to obey your parents? Why or why not?  
  • Are boys and girls really all that different from one another? Explain.   
  • If a kid skips school enough, eventually their parents will end up in trouble with the law. Is that fair? Should the parents be held responsible for what their kid does?  
  • Should kids your age have an assigned bedtime or be allowed to stay up as late as they like? Defend your answer.  
  • If a student doesn’t get good grades, should they be held back a year or allowed to move on? Explain.  
  • “The truth will set you free.” Does it really? What do you think? Is it better to always tell the truth?  
  • What are five places you believe everyone should visit at least once? Explain your choices.  
  • Is distance learning a good substitute for in-class education? Why or why not? 
  • Take the Other Side: Argue for why kids should be allowed to smoke.   
  • Should kids your age have their own phones? Why or why not? At what age should a child be allowed to have a phone? 
  • Should parents be allowed to “spy” on what their kids do online in order to keep them safe? Explain your answer.  
  • Would you be okay with going to school for an extra hour every day if it meant you would receive a better education? Why or why not?  
  • Should all schools have uniforms? Defend your answer.  
  • Should smoking be illegal? Or should people be allowed to do things that may end up killing them?   
  • Take the Other Side: Gossiping about people behind their back is perfectly alright. 
  • Should shoppers be required to bring their own grocery bags? Why or why not?  
  • Girls or boys: who has it harder? Explain.   
  • Technology makes kids lazy. Do you agree or disagree? Explain.   
  • Imagine you find $100 in the school parking lot. Finders keepers? Or should you turn it in? Defend your answer.  
  • Pick a season and explain why it’s the best season of all.   
  • Kids should be limited to only a few hours of screen time each day so that their brains will develop properly. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.  
  • Every kid should be required to learn cursive. Agree or disagree? Explain your answer.  
  • Take the Other Side: Argue for why cheating on a test should be allowed.  
  • Pick your favorite athlete. Why are they the best in their sport? Defend your answer.   
  • How old should a kid be before they are allowed to date? Explain.  
  • At what age should a kid be allowed to wear makeup? Explain.   
  • Kids shouldn’t have to do homework if they don’t want to. Agree or disagree? Defend your answer.  
  • Should someone in middle school be allowed to date someone in high school? Why or why not?  
  • Take the Other Side: Argue for why the movie is always better than the book.  
  • Should all the zoos be shut down and their animals let free? Why or why not? Explain.   
  • Aliens exist and we have been visited by them many times. Agree or disagree? Explain.   
  • Should kids be allowed to play video games or should they be banned for kids altogether? Defend your answer.  
  • Money can buy happiness. True or false? Explain.  
  • What modern musical artist will people still be listening to 50 years from now? Defend your answer.  
  • Is it ever okay to ban books? Why or why not? Explain.  
  • Every student should be required to participate in PE and sports. Agree or disagree? Explain.  
  • Should students be allowed to bring homemade cakes or cupcakes to class to celebrate their birthday? Why or why not?  
  • Should kids be allowed to go trick or treating on their own without their parents? Why or why not?  
  • At what age should someone be allowed to get a tattoo? Explain.   
  • Should cookie have nuts in them? Why or why not? Defend your answer.  
  • At what age should someone be allowed to have a baby? Explain. 
  • Should students be forced to memorize poetry? Why or why not? Explain.
  • Santa Claus: fun and harmless or vicious lie? What do you think? Explain your answer. 

50 Poetry Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Imagine you are a balloon a child accidentally let go of at a birthday party. Write a poem about being released and floating away.  
  • Write a poem about the worst nightmare you ever had.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of the very last dinosaur that has survived extinction for millions of years and has never been found by mankind.  
  • Write a poem about a time you were disappointed by a birthday present.   
  • Write a poem from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the East from The Wizard of Oz about how you got hit and killed by Dorothy’s house.  
  • Write a limerick about waiting for the bell to ring on Friday afternoon.   
  • Write a narrative poem about the street you live on.   
  • Imagine you won the lottery. You’re rich! Write a poem about how all that money ruined your life.  
  • Write a rhymed poem about the worst meal you ever ate.  
  • Imagine you could get rid of your brother or sister by selling them at an auction. Write a poem about auctioning them off to the highest bidder.  
  • Write a poem about a dog falling in love with a cat.   
  • Think about what makes you feel sad. Imagine you are a doctor prescribing what will make you feel happy again, and write your prescription in the form of a poem.  
  • If you could change your name, what name would you pick? Write an acrostic poem using the name you selected.  
  • Write a haiku about the end of the world.   
  • Imagine that you have been selected to come up with a new national holiday. Write a poem about this new holiday and what it celebrates.  
  • Write a poem about the sinking of the Titanic.   
  • Write a rhyming poem about waking up Christmas morning and discovering that there are no presents under the tree.  
  • Pick a sibling. Write an acrostic poem using their name.  
  • Write a haiku about the smell of breakfast waking you up in the morning.  
  • Write a poem about the most annoying sound in the whole world.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of the Moon. What was it like the first time someone landed on your surface? How does it feel to be cold and empty?   
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a flower. How does it feel the day someone finally comes and picks you?  
  • Write a limerick about the loudest fart ever heard.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a fish studying a lure in the water. Do you take the bait or pass? What happens if you get caught?  
  • Imagine you discover a secret passageway in your house. Where does it lead? Write a poem about exploring this hidden passage.  
  • Write a poem about a flood sweeping your house away.  
  • Write a poem about why you should never fall in love.  
  • Imagine you are a baseball. You just got hit for a homerun to win the World Series. Write a poem about how it feels to get smacked over the fence to win the series.  
  • Write a rhyming poem about getting lost in the woods.   
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a snowman melting on a warm winter day.  
  • Imagine you’re an old pair of shoes. Your owner brings home a brand new pair of shoes. Write a poem about how you feel and what happens next.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of Haley’s Comet as it passes by Earth.  
  • Write a poem about a fight you had with your best friend.   
  • Write a poem about moving to a new home.   
  • Write a poem from the perspective of an abandoned shopping mall. What is it like now that everyone is gone?  
  • Write a poem about your favorite movie theater.  
  • Imagine Hollywood has decided to make a reality television show about your life and overnight you become a famous star. Write a poem about how your life has changed.  
  • Write a poem about Halloween night.  
  • Imagine you have an evil twin. Write a poem about all the wicked things your evil twin does and how hard life is because everyone believes these things are done by you.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of your hands, but without using the word hand .   
  • Write a poem about a lost toy.   
  • Imagine you come to class and you have a new teacher. She is literally a monster and says she will eat anyone who gets out of line. Write a poem about what happens next.  
  • Imagine the internet suddenly dies and all the computers stop working. Write a poem about what happens next.  
  • Write a poem about the worst thing you’ve ever tasted.  
  • Imagine you’re Death and have come to take an old woman who has lived a good life. Write a poem about this final encounter.  
  • Write a poem about an Elf on the Shelf who comes to life and causes all sorts of mischief.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a book that has been banned from your school library.  
  • A drought has caused the water levels to fall in the lake/river/sea near your home, causing all the old items lost in the water of the years to be revealed. Write a poem about the objects that can now be found and recovered.  
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a Christmas tree on Christmas morning.
  • Write a poem from the perspective of a pumpkin being carved for Halloween.  

30 Procedural Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Explain the steps for teaching a puppy new tricks.  
  • Imagine you once escaped from prison and are now writing a letter to a friend of yours who is in your old cell. Explain step by step how they can escape as well.  
  • How do you build the perfect snowman?  
  • Explain the steps for how to apologize when you’ve hurt your friend’s feelings.  
  • Write the process for shooting the perfect jump shot.  
  • What are the steps for making a new friend?  
  • Imagine that you are a bull rider performing at a rodeo. Explain the steps for riding the bull and staying on as long as you can.  
  • Explain how to whistle.   
  • What is the perfect way to spend a Saturday? Explain the order of your days from when you wake up to when you go to bed again.  
  • How do you do the perfect dive?  
  • Imagine you’re taking a road trip across the country. What are the steps for preparing your car for the trip? Think about what you will bring with you and how you will know where to go.  
  • Explain the precise steps for carving a pumpkin.  
  • Explain the steps for pitching a tent.  
  • Imagine you’re going skydiving with someone who has never been in an airplane before and is terrified of heights. Explain to them how you will jump out of the plane and survive.  
  • Explain the process for tying your shoes.  
  • Imagine you’re planning a bank robbery and have to explain to your fellow robbers exactly how you will all escape without getting caught. Write down your precise getaway plans.  
  • What is the best way to eat a pie? Explain the steps from removing it from the oven to the final burp.  
  • Explain how to properly wash and dry your hair.  
  • What is the procedure for packing your suitcase for a long vacation?  
  • Imagine that your city is flooding due to a massive storm. Explain the steps you need to take to secure your house and protect it from the rising water.   
  • Step by step, explain how you clean your room.  
  • What is the procedure for tying a stem into a knot with your tongue?  
  • Imagine that you are a general in charge of storming a medieval castle. Explain the steps your army will take to lay siege to the castle and win the battle.  
  • Explain step by step how you draw a self-portrait.  
  • Explain step by step how to live a good life. School, job, marriage, kids, etc. What order and at what age should these events happen to live a good life?  
  • What is the procedure for convincing a stray dog to come to you so you can help it find its way home?  
  • What are the steps for changing the world?  
  • Imagine you are performing in a circus. Pick an act that you will star in and explain the steps for performing your act.  
  • What is the proper way to make the perfect bowl of popcorn? 
  • Explain the steps for making your parents happy. 

53 Relationship Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • What does romance mean to you?  
  • Should boys ask girls to dances or the other way around? Explain.  
  • How do you say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt someone’s feelings?  
  • What is the difference between hearing and listening?  
  • Do you hold a grudge when your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner hurts you in some way? Why or why not?  
  • What are the qualities that make you a good romantic partner?  
  • How do you know your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner is reliable?  
  • At what age do you think you should be allowed to start dating?  
  • How do you know when you are ready to have sex with someone?  
  • Describe your first kiss. Was it what you imagined it would be? Why or why not?  
  • How are romantic relationships at your school different from the way they are portrayed in movies and television?  
  • What are the top three qualities you would look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner? Explain.  
  • What are the biggest challenges in having a romantic relationship?  
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?  
  • Do you think your classmates make too big a deal about romantic relationships in middle school? Why or why not?  
  • How do you know your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner respects you?  
  • Should you only date people that your parents approve of? Why or why not?  
  • Should schools do a better job of preparing students for having relationships and having sex? Explain.  
  • Where is the best place to get information about relationships and sex?   
  • Describe your perfect boyfriend/girlfriend/partner. What do they look like? What is their personality like? What do you two do together?  
  • Should romantic partners ever fight? Why or why not? What does it mean if they do?  
  • Valentine’s Day: romantic holiday or marketing scam?  
  • How should a middle school couple celebrate their anniversary?  
  • Should boys hold open doors for girls? Or is this just sexist? Explain your answer.  
  • Should students be allowed to date someone older or younger than themselves? Why or why not?  
  • “All is fair in love and war.” Agree or disagree? Explain.  
  • What scares you the most about having a romantic relationship?  
  • Do you think romantic relationships get better in high school? Why or why not?  
  • What does it mean to be committed to your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?  
  • How do you know when you want to marry your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?  
  • Do you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner laugh a lot together? What makes you laugh?  
  • Does it matter who says “I love you” first? Why or why not?  
  • What do you think the opposite sex really wants in a romantic relationship? Explain.  
  • Do you feel pressured to start dating? Why or why not?  
  • What do you friends think of your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner? Do you agree with them? Explain.  
  • How do you know when it’s time to break up with your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?  
  • Is it okay to never date in middle school and high school? Why or why not?  
  • What are the disadvantages of having a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner? Explain.  
  • Should parents be allowed to choose your romantic partners for you? Why or why not?  
  • Is love logical? If it’s not, should you pay attention to it and follow it? Explain.  
  • In what ways can a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner make you a better person?  
  • Many people say that romantic partners should be “equals”. Do you think this is actually possible, that two people can be equals? Why or why not?  
  • What would you do if your close friend was dating someone you didn’t think was good for them?  
  • Do you think couples should have secrets? Why or why not?  
  • How do you establish boundaries in a romantic relationship?  
  • What have you learned about romantic relationships from watching how your parents interact?  
  • How are romantic relationships today different from those in the past?  
  • Do you think romantic relationships today have benefited from cell phones and technology or not? Explain.  
  • Is it okay to ask someone out by text? Why or why not?  
  • Are middle school romantic relationships doomed to fail? Why or why not?  
  • What would you do on your “perfect” date?  
  • Who should pay for things on a date?  
  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Do you agree? Why or why not?

50 Research Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Research the history of Christmas. Was Christmas always the holiday we know now? When did people begin celebrating Christmas the way we do today? How has the Christmas holiday changed over time?  
  • Research the history of the circus. Who invented the first circuses? What kinds of attractions did they have? How did circuses become popular? What circuses still survive today?  
  • What is a food desert? How do they affect families living within them? What can be done about food deserts?  
  • Research a job or profession that no longer exists. Who performed that job in the past? Was it a good job or not? Why is that particular job no longer around anymore? Which jobs exist today will eventually disappear?  
  • What did people use before GPS and Google Maps? Research how ancient people developed maps and learned to navigate by the stars.   
  • What are some of the scariest places in your state? Research one of them and write about its history. What happened there that makes it so scary? Do you think the stories about this place are real or just made up?  
  • Many people mistakenly believed that the Egyptian pyramids were created by slaves. New evidence suggests they were created by well-paid laborers. Research how the pyramids of Egypt were created. Who made them? Why? Why have they lasted so long?  
  • Research the history of shoelaces. When were shoelaces first invented? What were shoelaces originally made from? How many different ways to tie shoelaces are there?  
  • “The greatest invention since sliced bread.” Pick an invention. Write about how it was invented, who contributed to it, and how it changed the world.  
  • Pick your favorite sport. Research how your sport was originally created. Who was responsible for inventing the rules? How did your sport come to be widely accepted? How were its professional leagues formed? How many people participate in it today?  
  • What was the worst war in the 20 th Century? Write about why a particular war was the worst. How did this war start? Why and when did it finally end?  
  • How do plants communicate? Research how plants have evolved to communicate with each other. How does this compare with human communication? Are plants really “unthinking” or are they more complicated than you thought?  
  • Research the history of the Supreme Court. How was it formed? What is its role in the US government? How are justices appointed? How does the Supreme Court operate on a daily basis?  
  • Pick a major city in a foreign country. Write about how that city was founded and what that city is known for today. If you visited that city, what would you go see? Who are famous people from that city?  
  • Pick a particular natural disaster from history (hurricane, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, etc.) and write about what happened on that day. What were the effects of that disaster? Could the damage have been lessened if certain steps were taken?  
  • Research the history of the cigarette. Why was it developed? Why is smoking so deadly? Has the tobacco industry always known about the dangers of smoking? How has vaping changed the industry? How many young people smoke?  
  • Research how the different planets in our solar system were discovered. Who made the discoveries and how did they know the planets were there? Do you think there are more planets out there in our solar system waiting to be discovered?  
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people. Research why teens commit suicide. What are the signs someone is thinking about suicide? How can suicide be prevented?  
  • Research the history of the video game. When were video games first invented? What were the earliest video games? How did video games develop over time? What are the most popular video games of all time?  
  • Pick an author that you enjoy. Write about where they came from, what books they write, and why they became an author. Would you recommend their work to your classmates?  
  • Christopher Columbus was once credited with “discovering” the Americas, but many other explorers had landed in the Americas before him. Write about the history of discovery in America. What cultures landed in the Americas before Columbus?  
  • Research the history of the White House. How was it designed? What rooms are within it? How does it operate on a daily basis?  
  • Are we alone in the universe? Research how scientists have searched for life outside of Earth. What are different groups doing now to look for signs of intelligent life beyond our solar system? Do you think they will ever find any?  
  • Homelessness remains a huge problem in America. Research the different reasons people become homeless. What solutions are there for addressing homelessness?   
  • What were the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Research how this ancient list was made, and then select one of the wonders to write about. When was your Wonder created? Where was it located? What happened to it?  
  • Select an astronaut. Research their life and how they became an astronaut. What was their childhood like? What kind of missions have they done as an astronaut?   
  • Research the history of school lunches. Why were lunches first served in schools? What kinds of foods have been served over the decades? Are school lunches healthy? How have they changed over time?  
  • Research the history of your state. When was it founded? Why did it become a state? Who are some of the famous people from your state? What is your state known for?  
  • One of the most massive floods we have evidence for happened during the last Ice Age at Glacial Lake Missoula. Research these floods and write about why they happened. How much water was involved? What would the floods have looked like? Where did all the water go?   
  • Research the history of the dictionary. Why were dictionaries first created? Who created them? What effect did compiling a dictionary have on the English language?
  • Why do we keep dogs as pets? Research the history of dogs. Where do they come from? Why did humans start keeping them as pets? What kinds of jobs have dogs performed over the years? What is your favorite breed of dog?  
  • Research the history of gargoyles. When did people first start putting gargoyles on buildings? Why are so gargoyles monstrous? What purpose do gargoyles serve?  
  • Where does chocolate come from? Research the history of chocolate. Where is it grown? Who originally discovered chocolate? Has it always been used in candies and deserts? How much chocolate is consumed every year?  
  • Research Halloween. Has Halloween always been celebrated the way it is today? When did people begin celebrating Halloween as they do now? How has the celebration of Halloween changed over time?   
  • How did we find the Titanic? Research the history of the search for the wreck of the Titanic. How long did it take to find? Who found it? How did they find it? What did they discover when they finally found the wreck?  
  • Research the history of the ice cream truck. Why were ice cream trucks invented? Who drove the first ice cream trucks? Why do ice cream trucks play the kind of music they do? How many ice cream trucks are still around today?  
  • Research the history of tattoos. When did people first begin tattooing themselves? What different kinds of tattoos have people created in different cultures? How does someone become a tattoo artist today? If you got a tattoo, what would you get?  
  • Research the history of comic books in America. How popular are they? Why were they censored in the 1950s? Is reading comics the same as reading books?  
  • The only successful skyjacking in American history happened in 1971. A man later called DB Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727, held it for ransom and escaped by diving out of the plane. Research the history of this caper and the speculations about what happened to DB Cooper.  
  • Research the history of the Christmas tree. When did people begin using trees as Christmas decorations? Were Christmas trees always decorated the way they are now? What kinds of trees were used in the past?   
  • Pick your favorite candy bar and research its history. When was it first invented? Has it ever changed over time? How many are sold every year?   
  • Research the history of dragons. When were dragons first created? In what cultures did dragons first appear? Have dragons always had the same characteristics (fire-breathing, hoarding gold, etc.)? How have dragons changed over time?  
  • Bullying remains a problem in schools. Research the various ways schools and communities can combat bullying. Which ideas do you think would be the most effective?  
  • Research the history of money in the United States. What was the first money printed by the US government? How has money changed over the years? What is paper money made of? How is it decided what will be on the coins and bills? How much money is in circulation?  
  • Who invented the electric guitar? Research the history of the electric guitar and how it changed modern music. Why was it invented at all? Was it popular right at the beginning? How many kinds of electric guitars are there?  
  • Research the history of reading. When did people first begin to read silently? When did literacy become widespread enough for most people to own and read books? How did the spread of literacy change the world?  
  • Research the history of the playground. When were playgrounds invented? What kinds of toys were used in the first playgrounds? When were playgrounds included at schools? How have playgrounds changed over time?  
  • Research the history of pirates. Who were the first pirates? Who were some of the most famous pirates? What was the difference between a pirate and a privateer? How many pirate treasures are still out there to be discovered?  
  • Research the history of the pencil. Who invented the pencil? When was it first invented? Where pencils always made of wood and graphite? How many pencils are made every year?  
  • Research the history of the crayon. When were crayons first invented? Why? Who made them? How are crayons made? How many crayons are sold every year? How many crayon colors are there?

50 School Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Imagine you’ve been made principal for the day and can change three things about your school. What three things would you change and why?
  • Imagine you find an old letter tucked inside a library book. The letter reveals that there is a hidden passageway somewhere at your school. Write about your search for the passageway and where it leads. 
  • What is the worst part about school? Is there any way it could be improved? Explain.
  • Should students be required to share a locker with a classmate? Why or why not?
  • Spirit Week: good fun or totally stupid? Defend your answer.
  • Do you think teachers should have a seating chart? Or should students be allowed to sit wherever they like? Explain.
  • Imagine you have been chosen to host a foreign exchange student who has never been to America. Write a letter to your new guest explaining how to succeed at your school.
  • If you could add any extra-curricular activity to your school, what would it be and why?
  • Should tests include more multiple choice questions or more short answer questions? Explain.
  • Should students be required to lead parent/teacher conferences? Or should teachers have to lead them instead? Explain.
  • What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
  • What is the biggest problem facing your school right now? What are possible solutions to that problem?
  • What is one thing you wish your teacher understood about you?
  • Imagine that no one can raise their hands ever again. What would you replace hand-raising with so that students can respectfully get the attention of their teacher?
  • You are in charge of replacing the school lunch menu. You can select three restaurants to provide new menu items. What three restaurants do you choose and why?
  • Should the number of students per class be increased or decreased? What is the ideal number of students in a single class? Defend your answer.
  • Imagine one day at school you are allowed to create a rule for students to follow. Explain the rule you create and why you choose to make that rule.
  • Sitting in the back row or sitting in the front row: which is better? Defend your answer.
  • Imagine that you have been given the job of driving a school bus to school every morning. How will you keep order on your bus? What rules will you have? How will you enforce them?
  • What is the point of education? Why does it matter? Explain.
  • Should education be entirely directed to getting a job after school? Or should school teach you things that may not apply to a job but that enrich your mind? Defend your answer.
  • You can do away with one subject at school so that it is never taught again. What subject do you get rid of and why?
  • Should students be allowed to skip grade levels? Why or why not?
  • Should students be held back if they cannot meet basic standards in their classes? Why or why not?
  • Should teachers be allowed to assign homework to student athletes on game days? Why or why not?
  • You can invite one famous person to come to your school. Who would you invite and why?
  • Write a letter to the President of the United States. Explain the problems facing your school. What three things would you ask that the President do to address these problems?
  • The best athlete at school or the student with the highest grades: which would you rather be? Explain.
  • Imagine you are going to run for school president. Write a speech to convince your fellow classmates that they should vote for you.
  • Do you think students should be allowed to choose their teachers? Why or why not?
  • Would you rather start the school day earlier (and get out earlier) or start the day later (but have to stay later)? Explain.
  • Is recess necessary? Why or why not?
  • Where do fifth graders belong? In elementary school or in middle school? Explain.
  • Where do eighth graders belong? In middle school or in high school? Explain.
  • Should students be allowed to take mental health days and stay home from school? Why or why not?
  • Should schools be allowed to celebrate holidays? Or should they not acknowledge them at all because they might offend some students?
  • Do you feel safe at school? Why or why not?
  • Should teachers be allowed to assign what books you read? Or should you always be allowed to pick whatever book you want? Defend your answer.
  • Is it important to learn more advanced mathematics like algebra and geometry if you’re not ever going to use them? Why or why not?
  • Should students be required to take exercise/workout/yoga classes? Why or why not?
  • Should students be required to take classes in basic life skills like cooking, how to change a car tire, how to write a resume, etc.? Explain. 
  • Your teacher gives you a camera and asks you to take pictures of three things you like at school. What would you take pictures of and why?  
  • Is Monday through Friday really the best school schedule? Why or why not? If not, what schedule would be better?
  • What does it mean to have school spirit? Is school spirit important? Explain.
  • You are in charge of organizing a film festival at your school. You can pick three movies to show to all the students and teachers. What three movies would you show and why?
  • Public school or homeschool: who gets a better education? Defend your answer.
  • If you could repeat one grade level because you enjoyed it so much, which grade level would you choose and why?
  • If you could add any sport to your school for students to compete in, what would you add and why?
  • Should students have a say in the dress code? Why or why not?
  • Get rid of lunch (you can eat at your desk in class) or get rid of recess? Pick and defend your answer. 

38 Science Writing Prompts for Middle School

  • Is artificial intelligence going to take over the world? Why or why not? If it does, will life be better or worse? Explain. 
  • Imagine there is no longer any gravity on Earth. Write about a day in your life without it.  
  • Has technology really improved the world? Or has it simply changed the way things are done (cooking in a stove instead of over a fire, for example) but not really made it any better? Defend your answer. 
  • What technological advancement do you think the world would be better off without? Defend your answer. 
  • Imagine you are tasked with naming the Moon. What would you name it and why? 
  • Self-driving cars are the way of the future. But self-driving cars will put millions of delivery drivers, truckers and taxi drivers out of work. Should companies be allowed to create new technology that ends so many jobs? Defend your answer. 
  • If you had to lose one of your five senses, which one would you give up and why? 
  • Imagine that you could create a magnet that would attract something other than metal. What would you want your magnet to attract? Explain. 
  • If you were an astronaut, would you rather go to the Moon or go to Mars? 
  • If you could invent an app to improve people’s lives, what would you invent and why? 
  • How do you know the world we live in is real? Can you prove that we are not all part of a massive computer simulation? Explain. 
  • Would you rather have the ability to transform into a liquid or a gas? Explain. 
  • Should people be allowed to clone themselves? Why or why not? 
  • Some people believe we will one day be able to upload our consciousness into a computer and then download it thousands of years later into new bodies so that we can live forever. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? 
  • If you could have a robot that did everything for you, would you want one? Why or why not? 
  • You can watch one event: the beginning of the universe or the end of the universe. Which do you choose? Explain. 
  • What do you think happens if you travel into a black hole? 
  • Until a word is invented for a particular color, people literally cannot see it. For example, ancient people could not see blue until the Egyptians invented blue dye and the word blue entered ancient languages to describe it. Until then, the sky and the ocean were seen as shades of black and green, not blue. Why do you think this happens? 
  • If you scream in space, can anyone hear it? Why or why not?  
  • Imagine you traveled to Mars and planted a tree. Do you think the tree would look the same as it does on Earth? Why or why not? 
  • What do you think would happen if every spider on Earth disappeared tomorrow? 
  • How would you go about your day if electricity had never been discovered? 
  • Do you think scientists will eventually create a pill that will make people lose weight without any effort? Why or why not? 
  • What are some things that science cannot help us understand? 
  • You can make one discovery: the cure for cancer or a device that will reverse global warming. Which do you choose and why? 
  • Science has often resulted in unintended consequences. For example, Einstein’s discovery of the Theory of Relativity led to the creation of the atomic bomb. What inventions or discoveries happening today might lead to unintended consequences in the future? 
  • If you could live in a virtual reality world like in the movie Ready Player One , would you want to? Why or why not? 
  • What one invention would you most want to make? What would your invention do? How would it help people and society? 
  •  We spend billions of dollars to learn about things like distant galaxies and the structure of atoms. Should we spend so much on these things when we haven’t solved more immediate problems like world hunger or the cure for cancer? Why or why not? 
  • Should recycling be required for families, schools and communities? Why or why not? 
  • Do you think there is intelligent life out there on other planets? Why or why not? If yes, do you think we should try and contact them? 
  • Should you be allowed to own your DNA? Or should companies be allowed to use samples of your DNA to create medicines and cures without your consent? Explain. 
  • Should students be required to learn how to write computer code? Why or why not? 
  • A thousand years from now, what do you think scientists will find left over from our civilization? What will they think about us? 
  • What aspect of science excites you the most (space exploration, biology, computer coding, chemistry, etc.)? Explain.
  • Do we rely too much on technology? Explain. 
  • No species survives forever. They are wiped out by mass extinction events or they die out over time because they can’t adapt. Do you think human beings will be the first species to live forever? Why or why not? 
  • Pick one item from your bedroom that scientists 5,000 years from now might discover excavating your house. What would that item tell them about you?

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The most common advice out there for being a writer is, "if you want to write, write." While this is true (and good advice), it's not always that easy, particularly if you're not writing regularly.

Whether you're looking for help getting started on your next project, or just want to spend 20 minutes being creative, writing prompts are great ways to rev up your imagination. Read on for our list of over 100 creative writing prompts!

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10 Short Writing Prompts

If you're looking for a quick boost to get yourself going, these 10 short writing prompts will do the trick.

#1 : Write a scene starting with a regular family ritual that goes awry.

#2 : Describe exactly what you see/smell/hear/etc, right now. Include objects, people, and anything else in your immediate environment.

#3 : Suggest eight possible ways to get a ping pong ball out of a vertical pipe.

#4 : A shoe falls out of the sky. Justify why.

#5 : If your brain were a tangible, physical place, what would it be like?

#6 : Begin your writing with the phrase, "The stage was set."

#7 : You have been asked to write a history of "The Summer of [this past year]." Your publisher wants a table of contents. What events will you submit?

#8 : Write a sympathetic story from the point of view of the "bad guy." (Think fractured fairy tales like Wicked or The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! , although the story doesn't have to be a fairy tale.)

#9 : Look at everyday objects in a new way and write about the stories one of these objects contains.

#10 : One person meets a stranger on a mode of transportation. Write the story that ensues.


11 Writing Prompts for Kids

Any of these prompts can be used by writers of any age, but we chose the following 11 prompts as ones that would be particularly fun for kids to write about. (Most of them I used myself as a young writer, so I can vouch for their working!)

#1 : Include something falling in your writing.

#2 : Write a short poem (or story) with the title, "We don't know when it will be fixed."

#3 : Write from the perspective of someone of a different gender than you.

#4 : Write a dumb internet quiz.

#5 : Finish this thought: "A perfect day in my imagination begins like this:"

#6 : Write a character's inner monologue (what they are thinking as they go about their day).

#7 : Think of a character. Write a paragraph each about:

  • An important childhood experience that character had.
  • The character's living situation.
  • Two hobbies or things the character likes to do.
  • The room where the character sleeps.
  • An ambition of the character.
  • Two physical characteristics of the character.
  • What happens when a second person and this character meet.
  • Two important defining personal traits of this character.

#8 : Start a story with a quote from a song.

#9 : Begin a story with, "It was the summer of ______ when ______"

#10 : Pretend everyday objects have no names. Think about what you would name them based on what they do, what you can use them for, and what they look like.

#11 : Start a story with the phrases "My grandparents are/were," "My parents are/were," or "My mother/father/parent is/was."


15 Cool Writing Prompts

#1 : List five issues that you're passionate about. Write about them from the opposite point of view (or from the perspective of a character with the opposite point of view).

#2 : Walk around and write down a phrase you hear (or read). Make a story out of it.

#3 : Write using no adjectives or adverbs.

#4 : Write a character's inner dialogue between different aspects of a character's self (rather than an inner monologue).

#5 : Write a true story from your past that involves light or darkness in some way.

#6 : "Saying goodbye awakens us to the true nature of things." Write something in which someone has to say goodbye and has a realization.

#7 : Begin by writing the end of the story.

#8 : Write a recipe for an intangible thing.

#9 : Write a horror story about an ordinary situation (e.g., buying groceries, going to the bank, listening to music).

#10 : Write a story from within a bubble.

#11 : Write down 2-3 short character descriptions and then write the characters in conversation with one another.

#12 : Write a story in second person.

#13 : Write a story that keeps contradicting itself.

#14 : Write about a character with at least three big problems.

#15 : Write something that takes place on a Friday, the 13th (of any month).


15 Funny Writing Prompts

#1 : Write a story which starts with someone eating a pickle and potato sandwich.

#2 : Write a short script where the plot has to do with evil dolls trying to take over something.

#3 : Write about writers' block.

#4 : List five election issues that would be ridiculous to includes as part of your election platform (e.g. outlawing mechanical pencils and clicky pens, mandating every person over the age of 30 must own an emergency last rites kit). Choose one of the ridiculous issues and write a speech in favor of it.

#5 : Write a children's story that is insanely inappropriate but can't use graphic language, curses, or violence.

#6 : List five careers. Write about someone with one of those careers who wants to quit it.

#7 : Write down a list of murder methods. Choose one at random from the list to use in a story.

#8 : Write a romance story in which the hero must have a last name corresponding with a physical characteristic (e.g. Jacques Hairyback or Flora Dimple).

#9 : Come up with 10 different ways to:

  • order a pizza
  • congratulate someone on a job well done
  • return to the store something that's broken

#10 : Search for "random Renaissance painting" (or any other inspirational image search text you can think of) on any online internet image search engine. Picking one image, write half a page each of:

  • Statements about this image (e.g. "I meant bring me the BREAD of John the Baptist").
  • Questions about this image (e.g. "How many of those cherubs look like their necks are broken?").
  • Explanations of this image (e.g. "The painter ran out of blue paint halfway through and had to improvise for the color of the sky").
  • Commands said by people in this image or about this image (e.g. "Stop telling me to smile!" or "Bring me some gasoline!").

#11 : Write starting with a word that sounds like "chute" (e.g. "chute," "shoot," "shooed").

#12 : Write about a character named X "The [article of clothing]" Y (e.g. Julie "The Yellow Darted Skirt" Whyte) or simply referred to by their clothing (e.g. "the man in the brown suit" or "the woman in black").

#13 : Write down a paragraph each describing two wildly different settings. Write a story involving both settings.

#14 : Think of a fictional holiday based around some natural event (e.g. the Earth being at its farthest point from the sun, in memory of a volcanic eruption, that time a cloud looked like a rabbit riding a bicycle). Write about how this holiday is celebrated.

#15 : Write a "Just-So" type story about a fictional creature (e.g. "how the dragon got its firebreath" or "how the mudkip got its cheek gills").


54 Other Writing Prompt Ideas

#1 : Borrow a character from some other form of media (or create your own). Write from that character's perspective.

#2 : Write for and against a non-consequential controversy (e.g., salt vs. pepper, Mac vs. PC, best kind of door).

#3 : Choose an ancestor or a person from the past to write about or to.

#4 : Write a pirate story with a twist.

#5 : Have a character talk about another character and their feelings about that other character.

#6 : Pick a season and think about an event in your life that occurred in that season. Write a creative nonfiction piece about that event and that season.

#7 : Think of something very complicated and long. Write a page about it using short sentences.

#8 : Write a story as a dream.

#9 : Describe around a food without ever directly naming it.

#10 : Write a monologue (one character, talking to the audience/reader) (*not* an inner monologue).

#11 : Begin a story with the phrase, "It only took five seconds to..."

#12 : List five strong emotions. Choosing one, write about a character experiencing that emotion, but only use the character's actions to convey how they are feeling (no outright statements).

#13 : Write a chapter of the memoir of your life.

#14 : Look through the (physical) things you're currently carrying with you or wearing. Write about the memories or emotions tied with each of them.

#15 : Go be in nature. Write drawing your story from your surroundings (both physical, social, and mental/emotional).


#16 : Write from the perspective of a bubble (or bubble-like creature).

#17 : A person is jogging along an asphalt road. Write a story.

#18 : Title your story (or poem, or play, etc) "Anti-_____". Fill in the blank and write the story.

#19 : Write something that must include an animal, a mineral, and a vegetable.

#20 : Begin your writing with the phrase, "6 weeks later..."

#21 : List 5-10 office jobs. Pick one of them and describe a person working in that job as if you were a commentator on an Olympic sporting event.

#22 : Practice your poetic imagery: overwrite a description of a character's breakfast routine.

#23 : Write about a character (or group of characters) trying to convince another character to try something they're scared of.

#24 : Keep an eye out in your environment for examples of greengrocer's apostrophes and rogue quotation marks. Pick an example and write about what the misplaced punctuation implies (e.g., we have the "best" meat or we have the best "meat" ).

#25 : Fill in the blank with the first word that comes to mind: "_______ Riot!" Write a newspaper-style article describing the events that that took place.

#26 : Write from the point of view of your most-loved possession. What does it think of you?

#27 : Think of five common sayings (e.g., "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"). Write a horror story whose plot is one of those common sayings.

#28 : Write a scene in which two characters are finally hashing out a long-standing misunderstanding or disagreement.

#29 : You start receiving text messages from an unknown number. Tell the story of what happens next.

#30 : Write one character bragging to another about the story behind their new tattoo.

#31 : Superheroes save the world...but they also leave a lot of destruction in their wake. Write about a normal person in a superhero's world.

#32 : Sometimes, family is who we are related to; sometimes, family is a group of people we gather around ourselves. Write a story about (some of) a character's found family and relatives meeting for the first time.

#33 : Write a story that begins in the middle of the plot's action ( en media res ).

#34 : Everyone says you can never have too much of a good thing. Write a story where that isn't true.

#35 : What do ghosts do when they're not creating mischief? Write about the secret lives of ghosts.


#36 : Every year, you dread the last week of April. Write a story about why.

#37 : Write a story about what it would be like to have an animal sidekick in real life.

#38 : Heists don't just have to be black-clad thieves stealing into vaults to steal rare art or money. Write about a group of people (adults or children) who commit a heist for something of seemingly little monetary value.

#39 : "Life is like a chooseable-path adventure, except you don't get to see what would have happened if you chose differently." Think of a choice you've made and write about a world where you made a different choice.

#40 : Write a story about a secret room.

#41 : You find a message in a bottle with very specific directions. Write a story about the adventure you embark upon.

#42 : "You'll always be okay as long as you know where your _______ is." Fill in the blank and write a story (either fictional or from your life) illustrating this statement.

#43 : Forcing people into prolonged proximity can change and deepen relationships. Write about characters on a road trip together.

#44 : In music, sonata form includes three main parts: exposition, development, and recapitulation. Write a short story that follows this format.

#45 : Begin writing with a character saying, "I'm afraid this simply can't wait."

#46 : Write a story with a happy ending (either happily-ever-after or happy-for-now).

#47 : Write about a character before and after a tragedy in that character's life.

#48 : Choose an object or concept you encounter in everyday life (e.g. tables, the feeling of hot or cold, oxygen) and write an infomercial about it.

#49 : "Life is a series of quests, whether important or mundane." Write about a quest you've gone on (or would like to go on, or will have to go on).

#50 : List 10 different ways to learn. Choose one (or more) and write a story where a character learns something using that one (or more) method.

#51 : You've been called to the principal's office for bad behavior. You know what you did. Explain and justify yourself.

#52 : A character discovers their sibling owns a cursed object. Write about what happens next.

#53 : Write a character description by writing a list of items that would be on a scavenger hunt about them.

#54 : The slogan for a product or service you're advertising is, "Kid-tested, _____." Fill in the blank and write the copy for a radio or podcast advertisement for your product.


How to Use Creative Writing Prompts

There's no wrong way to use a creative writing prompt (unless it's to harass and hurt someone)—the point of them is to get you writing and your imagination flowing.

To help you get the most out of these writing prompts, however, we've come up with the six tips below. Try them out!

#1: DON'T Limit Yourself to Prose

Unless you're writing for a particular assignment, there's no reason everything you write in response to a writing prompt has to be prose fiction . Instead of writing your response to a prompt as a story, try writing a poem, nonfiction essay, play, screenplay, or some other format entirely.

#2: DON'T Edit as You Write

The purposes of writing prompts is to get you writing, typos and weird grammar and all. Editing comes later, once you've finished writing and have some space from it to come back to what you wrote.

It's OK to fix things that will make it difficult to read what you've written (e.g., a weird autocorrect that changes the meaning of a sentence), but don't worry too much about typos or perfect grammar when you're writing; those are easy enough to fix in edits . You also can always insert asterisks or a short note as you're writing to remind yourself to go back to fix something (for instance, if as you're writing it seems like you want to move around the order of your paragraphs or insert something earlier).

#3: DO Interpret the Prompt Broadly

The point of using a writing prompt is not to write something that best exemplifies the prompt, but something that sparks your own creativity. Again, unless you're writing in response to an assignment with specific directions, feel free to interpret writing prompts as broadly or as narrowly as you want.

For instance, if your prompt is to write a story that begins with "The stage was set," you could write about anything from someone preparing to put a plan into motion to a literal theatre stage constructed out of pieces of old sets (or something else entirely).

If you're using a writing prompt, it doesn't have to be the first sentence of your story or poem, either; you can also use the prompt as a goal to work towards in your writing.

#4: DO Try Switching Up Your Writing Methods

If it's a possibility for you, see if you write differently in different media. Do you write the same kind of stories by hand as you would typing at a computer? What about if you dictate a story and then transcribe it? Or text it to a friend? Varying the method you use to write can affect the stories you're able to tell.

For example, you may find that it's easier for you to tell stories about your life to a voice recorder than to try to write out a personal essay. Or maybe you have trouble writing poetry, but can easily text yourself or a friend a poem. You might even find you like a writing method you've not tried before better than what you've been doing!


#5: DO Mix and Match Prompt Ideas

If you need more inspiration, feel free to combine multiple prompts (but don't overwhelm yourself with too much to write about).

You can also try switching genres from what might be suggested in the prompt. For instance, try writing a prompt that seems funny in a serious and sad way, or finding the humor in something that otherwise seems humorless. The categories we've organized the prompts into are by no means limiters on what you're allowed to write about.

#6: DO Try to Write Regularly

The more regularly you write, the easier it will be to write (with or without writing prompts).

For some people, this means writing daily; for others, it means setting aside time to write each weekend or each month. Set yourself an achievable goal (write 2x a week, write 1000 words a month) and stick to it. You can always start small and then ramp your wordcount or frequency up.

If you do better when you have something outside yourself prompting to write, you may also want to try something like morning pages , which encourages you to write at least 750 words every day, in any format (story, diary entry, social media postings, etc).


What's Next?

Thinking about attending college or grad school for creative writing? Our articles on whether or not you should major in creative writing and the best creative writing programs are there for you! Plus, if you're a high schooler, you should check out these top writing contests .

Creative writing doesn't necessarily have to be fiction. Check out these three examples of narrative writing and our tips for how to write your own narrative stories and essays .

Just as writing prompts can help give form to amorphous creative energy, using specific writing structures or devices can be great starting points for your next story. Read through our discussion of the top 20 poetic devices to know and see if you can work at least one new one into your next writing session.

Still looking for more writing ideas? Try repurposing our 100+ easy drawing ideas for characters, settings, or plot points in your writing.

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and Psychology, and earned a Master's degree in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She scored 99 percentile scores on the SAT and GRE and loves advising students on how to excel in high school.

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2023’s Best Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

26 Dec, 2023 | Blog Articles , English Language Articles , Get the Edge , Writing Articles

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The Best Middle School Creative Writing Prompts of 2023

Imaginary worlds.

1. A boy wakes up one day and all modern technology has disappeared – nobody but him remembers it ever existing.

2. A woman meets an assortment of people who appear to be characters straight from her novel.

3. While on a school trip, a group of friends get lost and discover a bridge that leads to another world.

4. A girl wakes up one day and is transported to a world where children are leaders and adults are forced to go to school.

5. A crazy scientist discovers that magic is real and sets about proving it.

Mystery and suspense

1. Students in a school class are disappearing. One student realises they’re disappearing in the order their names are read out in the register. He has to work out what’s happening before his name is next.

2. A couple go missing the night before their wedding, leaving behind a trail of clues. It’s up to the best-man and the bridesmaid to solve the mystery before the big day.

3. A man wakes up in a strange room with no memory. The only clue he has about his former life is a diary written in code.

4. A girl buys a necklace from a flea market and quickly realises it used to belong to a murder victim. She believes the necklace holds the clues to catching the killer.

5. A boy’s vivid dreams begin to come true in real life.

Magical adventures

1. A girl is tasked with finding the last living giant in a world that doesn’t believe they ever existed.

2. A young King Arthur wakes up in the body of a schoolboy in 2023.

3. A medieval knight discovers a smartphone that has been left behind by a time traveller and uses it to outwit his enemies.

4. A modern woman discovers she’s a witch and begins to curse people who wrong her.

5. A girl discovers she’s the direct descendent of a group of evil sorcerers.

Historical journeys

1. A girl’s family cat transports her to ancient Egypt.

2. The model who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa wakes up in the present day and has to deal with being the most recognisable figure in the world.

3. A boy finds himself on a 16th-century pirate ship and has to befriend his new shipmates.

4. A girl wakes up in Pompeii days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and has to convince the townspeople to flee their homes.

5. A boy finds himself in Elizabethan England and must convince a young William Shakespeare not to give up on writing.

Outer space and sci-fi

1. When a boy’s parents are replaced by aliens, it’s up to him to uncover the truth.

2. A group of friends discover a portal that leads to a planet which looks identical to Earth, but isn’t what it seems.

3. A woman discovers that her boss has been colluding with an alien race in order to take over the world.

4. An evil billionaire creates an army of robots in order to take over the planet. A group of amateur hackers decide they can hack the system and prevent destruction.

5. A developer launches a virtual-reality game so realistic that people begin to worry that he has actually created an alternate universe.

Everyday adventures

1. When a town with a small population completely floods, it’s up to the handful of residents to protect themselves and each other.

2. A car chase between an ordinary truck driver and a gang of criminals spans the length of America.

3. A group of hikers become trapped in a cave and don’t have long before their supplies run out completely.

4. A man witnesses a murder while working as a delivery driver in the small hours of the morning.

5. A woman discovers a conspiracy within the company she works for and seeks to uncover it.

Family and relationships

1. A family is made to wrestle with a dark and shocking discovery about their ancestors.

2. An estranged mother and daughter are forced to reconnect when one of them is diagnosed with a rare, terminal illness.

3. A successful politician deals privately with the abrupt end of her marriage.

4. A woman meets the love of her life on her travels and has to decide whether to go back home or move to a new country.

5. A brother and a sister put their differences aside to help support their ageing mother.

Magical creatures

1. A boy finds a unicorn living at the bottom of his garden, but only he can see it.

2. Siblings discover that their mum is secretly a witch.

3. A girl discovers that all the pictures she draws of mythical creatures come alive.

4. A boy gets lost in the woods and is adopted by a family of giants.

5. A wicked witch turns a boy into a frog to punish him for bullying his schoolmates.

Humorous adventures

1. A boy who hates studying history gets sent back in time.

2. A man is mistaken for a celebrity and gets to live his dream.

3. An escaped convict accidentally finds themselves on a reality TV show.

4. A vampire who loves human blood but is otherwise a strict vegan.

5. A teenager who is addicted to social media wakes up in a time before technology.

Superhero scenarios

1. A superhero has to get an office job because they run out of money.

2. A girl with the power to predict the future has to decide whether to use her powers to get rich or to help others.

3. An elderly man discovers he has super strength.

4. A superhero with the ability to read minds tries to foil the evil plans of a popular presidential candidate.

5. A girl discovers she has superpowers but only for one day a week and she forgets she has powers for the rest of the week.

Dystopian worlds

1. The wealthiest people in the world stage a fake apocalypse so they can create a new society in which they’ll be powerful forever.

2. The government announces that due to overpopulation, having children will be made illegal. A woman discovers she is pregnant and must go on the run.

3. A new continent is discovered that’s been secretly running the rest of the world.

4. A war breaks out in which robots fight instead of soldiers, but one person discovers that the soldiers are, in fact, real people.

5. In the year 2090, technology has been banned and people live simpler but harder lives. The final generation of people who remember technology come up with a plan to bring it back.

Time travel tales

1. A boy goes back in time to save his parents who tragically died when he was a baby.

2. A girl wakes up in an ancient civilisation and is hailed as a mythical Goddess because of her strange, modern clothes and her phone.

3. A boy who is struggling with his maths homework goes back in time and is tutored by the ancient Greek mathematicians.

4. A brother and sister travel back to Victorian England and realise how differently they’re treated because of their gender.

5. A boy travels back to the 1960s and accidentally stops The Beatles from forming.

Survival stories

1. A group of friends must save their classmates when their teachers are killed by a mysterious force during a school trip.

2. Passengers on a train are held hostage and it’s up to one woman to save the day.

3. After retreating to an underground bunker during a nuclear disaster, three friends begin to run out of supplies and have to decide whether it’s safe to emerge.

4. While a group of friends are camping in the woods, they are attacked and imprisoned by a group of criminals and must escape.

5. When a group of influencers are stranded on a luxury desert island, they must battle the elements and each other to survive.

Monstrous adventures

1. A ghost begins terrorising a group of friends at a boarding school.

2. A group of hikers come face to face with a troll who is intent on feeding them to his family.

3. A girl wakes up in Transylvania and must outwit an evil vampire who is luring locals to his castle.

4. A friendly giant is appalled by the behaviour of his family and tries to save the local humans they trap.

5. A schoolteacher turns out to be a werewolf and is preying upon the pupils he dislikes most.

With the help of our creative writing prompts, you’re just a step away from beginning your own storytelling journey. 

Remember, all your favourite books started out as just a flash of inspiration!


Sam is a recent English graduate from the University of Bristol whose interests include twentieth-century fiction, film, and cultural criticism.

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20 Creative Writing Activities for Middle School

April 10, 2023 //  by  Stephanie Ledford

Some students are prolific writers, needing no help putting pen to paper and telling their stories. However, there are other students who need a little more direction in order to get their stories out. Whatever the case may be, these 20 creative writing activities for middle school will have all of your students showing their creative prowess.

1. I Am From

After reading the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon, have students write their own “I Am From” poems. Using a template, all students will be able to create wonderful poems illustrating their own unique backgrounds.

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2. Found Poems


Using the words of others, students create their own “found poems.” By taking a snippet here and a line there, they can arrange them in their own creative ways to create new, interesting poems. Reading a book as a class? Have them use the book to create a found poem!

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Your middle schoolers are sure to feel like poets in the making with this creative assignment. Encourage them to connect themselves to something bigger, like their families, their culture, or their historical background as you task them with creating poems using their own names. Prompt them to begin their writing process by having them use the letters of their names to inspire a new line of poetry that they think reflects who they are as a person.

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4. Chain Stories

This assignment has each student start with a blank piece of paper. After giving them a writing prompt , every student begins writing a story. After your chosen time limit is up, they stop writing and pass their story to the next person in their group who then has to continue telling the story. When each story returns to its original author, the activity is complete.

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5. Visual Character Sketch

Being able to add depth to a character can be difficult for many students. By allowing a student to create a visual sketch, you are allowing them a different approach to writing a character description.

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6. What If…

“What if” writing prompts are a great way to get your learners’ creative juices flowing. By posing a question, they’re given a starting point, and it’s up to them to decide what twists and turns their stories will take. Will they write a sad, action-packed, or scary story? The possibilities are endless!

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7. Descriptive Writing Prompts


Descriptive writing activities are another way for middle school students to practice their creative writing skills. They can give their descriptions their own unique twists by using their different writing styles to describe common objects. And hey, they might have a different appreciation for the things in their everyday worlds after this assignment!

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8. Scary Stories


Go through the entire writing process and teach your students how to write scary stories! Before you begin writing, though, read them some (age-appropriate) scary stories to give them the chills and an idea of what is expected in a scary story.

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9. Daily Journal Writing

There is no better way to improve students’ writing abilities than to do daily writing. Each day, give students a different prompt and allow them to write for fifteen minutes. After, allow them the opportunity to share their story with their peers or the class.

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10. So Much Depends Upon…


“ The Red Wheel Barrow “–such a simple yet eloquent poem. Following this lesson plan, your students will be able to write their own simple yet eloquent poems and feel like accomplished writers.

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11. An Ode to…


Reluctant writers are often intimidated by complicated writing ideas. By using a template like the one pictured above, your students will all be able to feel like poets as they create their own odes about a person, place, or thing.

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12. Story Starters


Story starters are a great way to help students begin their stories. If you have a digital classroom, the Scholastic story starter page is great because it can formulate much different writing prompts, helping engage all students.

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13. My Time Machine Trip


What is everyday life like in 1902? How about in 2122? Have students write stories about their experiences traveling through time using the attached worksheet. For those that need a little extra help, allow them to research time periods so they have an idea of what life was like then.

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14. Writing and Math


This is a great assignment for a math class! Using the provided instructions, students are to write a story that explains to their boss the math they used while delivering packages. Since this assignment asks them to cover specific math concepts, make sure you cover them in class first (or hand this assignment to a math teacher and let them have at it!).

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15. How to Bake Cookies for Santa


Seasonal writing activities are a great way to get kids excited around the holidays! One way to get descriptive paragraphs out of your students is through these instructions on how to bake cookies for Santa. The great thing about this assignment is all levels of writers can participate. Those that are more advanced can provide more details and struggling writers can still feel accomplished by explaining the cookie-making process!

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16. Diary Entry of a Literary Character


Another favorite among creative writing ideas is having students write diary entries in the voice of a character from literature. This can be a character from a book you read as a class or from a book they read on their own. Either way, it will showcase their creative writing skills and their knowledge of the character!

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17. Write a Rant


Writing a rant is a good assignment to use when you are trying to teach about the different voices we use when writing. When writing a rant, you are going to use an angrier, more aggressive voice than if you were writing a children’s story. This is a great warm-up to get students ready to write persuasive essays.

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18. Write a Newspaper Story


After reading through some newspapers to get ideas on how newspaper articles are formatted, have each of your students write their own article. When they are all done, you can compile a classroom newspaper!

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19. Coat of Arms

Studying Shakespeare? Maybe European countries where it was common to have a Coat of Arms? If so, this assignment is perfect for your class. Have students create a coat of arms and then write a few paragraphs explaining their choices.

20. A Letter to Yourself


Have students write letters to their future selves. Give them specific questions to answer like “where do you see yourself in five years? Are you happy with your life? Is there anything you would change?” And then in five years, mail the letters to their parents!

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