6th Grade Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Now that you're in sixth grade, you are on the cusp of middle school and have advanced quite a bit since you first learned to write. Read on to discover some writing prompts that will entice you to explore some given topics.

What Can 6th Graders Write About?

The myriad number of topics available for you and your fellow sixth graders to write about can be intimidating compared to your previous classes. Your grasp on the English language is advancing every day and you can now analyze ideas in complex areas previously unexplored. Consider some of these ideas when taking on writing assignments:

  • Watching movies in theaters vs. at home: Focus on the details and the senses you feel when comparing the atmospheres of a crowded theater against the comfort of a living room or bedroom. How does the collection of strangers measure against the familiar setting of your own TV in a house?
  • Turning a book into a movie: What did you like about the transition? Did you have a favorite character or plot detail that was left out (or added) in the film version? Was the adaptation done well, and if not, how could it be improved?
  • Giving directions: Although we live in an age of Google Maps and GPS, a technological failure or malfunction can always be replaced by word of mouth. Give specific details that stand out, like the shape of a building to pass or the color of the sidewalk. Aim for vivid description, but also make sure you don't deviate too much from the destination.

Where Can I Find Other Ideas?

With's 6th Grade Language Arts Course, you can explore a variety of different essay types to inspire you with new ideas for your own essays. You'll also be able to build your writing skills and learn key ways to fix mistakes in your writing.

The video lessons in this course are brief - about 5-10 minutes each - and can be watched from any location using your mobile device.

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