Writing Prompts for Middle School

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.

Middle school students should have the ability to answer complex questions and provide interpretations to passages of text. This article will show you some prompts to utilize for your classroom.

What Prompts Should I Use?

Students in middle school (considered grades six through eight in the United States) will be looking at more advanced material as they continue to grow in their academic careers. During this stage, they deserve the chance to explore areas of writing previously untouched. Depending on their ability, students can choose prompts suggested for higher grade levels than their own.

6th Grade

For this level, students should be expected to take many forms of writing assignments. To persuade, they could write to a Senator about a cause in which they believe, or the need for honesty from their parents. They could also write a review of a musical performance, or a memoir of how they have advanced in school as a student.

7th Grade

At this level, students are well-versed in writing expectations. Their abilities should allow them to write about the possibility of exploring the moon, or a comparison between their favorite and most disliked form of music, explaining why they prefer one over the other. They could also persuade their school to choose a novel for students to focus on, and why it would make for good discussion.

8th Grade

This will be a student's final stop before high school, an important stepping stone in their life. They can write about their expectations of high school, and their fears of what it could mean, or how excited they are to enter a new chapter in their academic careers.

Middle School Writing Resources

Study.com's Middle School Language Arts Writing chapter contains many lessons that will help sharpen students' writing skills. In addition to having short, fun video lessons, this chapter also contains lesson transcripts and short practice quizzes.

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