Fall Writing Prompts for Middle School

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

This resource will make it easy to incorporate fall writing prompts into your daily middle school language arts instruction, facilitating high-interest writing practice for your students.

Using seasonal writing prompts in the classroom is an effective way to incorporate additional writing practice into your daily classroom instruction. The cooler temperatures, bright colors and fun activities associated with the fall season make it a perfect theme to encourage students' creativity while practicing and improving their writing skills. You may choose to use these writing prompts as they are written or modify them to fit the needs and interests of your students.

Narrative Writing Prompts

  • Write a story which has the title, The Mysterious Corn Maze.
  • You are hanging out with your best friend at the community fall festival when you decide to go on the night hayride. Everyone is laughing, talking and drinking hot cocoa as the hay wagon slowly rolls down a dark dirt road surrounded by trees. Suddenly, a thick, cool mist floats over the hayride and when it clears, everyone is gone except you and your best friend! Write a story about your adventure.
  • Imagine that you are a jack-o-lantern with a social media account. Write two posts explaining how you feel about the fall and what your life is like being a jack-o-lantern.
  • It's a cool, fall morning and you are raking all the dead leaves into a big pile because it's one of your chores. The pile has gotten almost as tall as you are, and you think it looks like it might be fun to jump in. But before you have the chance, your dog comes running around the corner, leaps into the leaf pile and disappears! You wonder where he went so you jump in after him! Write a detailed story about the amazing adventure you have with your dog.
  • You're hanging out at the park on a sunny, fall day when you notice a scarecrow peeking out from behind the brightly colored autumn leaves falling from the trees. You decide to follow it and see what's going on. Describe in detail your adventure with the scarecrow.

Poetry Writing Prompts

  • Write a rhyming poem about the fall. It must be at least eight lines.
  • Write a haiku poem about the fall. The first line will have five syllables, the second will have seven syllables and the third will have five syllables.
  • Write an acrostic poem using the word 'AUTUMN'.

Persuasive Writing Prompts

  • Your best friend thinks that winter is the best season, but you disagree and say that fall is the best season. Explain your position and provide at least seven reasons that back up your claim.
  • In the fall, most states set the clocks back an hour, ending Daylight Saving Time. Explain whether you think it's a good or bad thing to change the time and provide at least five reasons to support your point of view.
  • You have a pet turkey and are worried that he might become the main dish at Thanksgiving. Suddenly, you discover he can talk! What would he say to convince your mom not to cook him for Thanksgiving dinner?

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