100 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School (2022)

By middle school, students have the skills and ability to write complex pieces. However, they may be lacking inspiration and not know where to start. Check out this list of 100 Common Core-aligned writing prompts that are adaptable for all writing levels in middle school.

100 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School (1) 100 Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

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Narrative Writing Prompts

Narrative writing is what most people think of when they hear "creative writing." Narrative writing includes fiction writing, like short stories and novels, as well as the writer's true personal stories.

Story Starters

Need some inspirational prompts for middle school? Get those creative juices flowing with intriguing ways to start fictional stories.

  • John opened the door and picked up the brown package on the porch. Immediately, he knew something wasn't right.
  • Today seemed like the perfect day, until...
  • The aliens were all around us. They looked like...
  • I couldn't believe it when my favorite celebrity wanted to hang out with me! The first thing we did was…
  • April ran as fast as she could, desperate to get away from…
  • No one was more surprised than I was when the dog began to talk.
  • I couldn't believe I had washed up on a desert island. Luckily, I still had my…
  • Katie watched as her friends walked away. She never thought their friendship would end after something like this. It all started when…
  • When I woke up, the first thing I noticed was that I wasn't in my house.
  • Dev was shocked to discover that inside his uncle's gift was...

Mystery, science fiction, and romance fans can choose from more genre-specific story starters as well.

Personal Narrative Prompts

A personal narrative is a creative way to tell a true story. This form of autobiographical writing usually describes one event from a first-person perspective. Here are some ideas for middle schoolers to write about their own experiences.

  • Write about the biggest surprise of your life.
  • Describe the most memorable holiday in your family, including how you felt and why it was memorable.
  • Choose one event that happened recently (today, yesterday, or earlier in the week). Use all five senses to describe the event in a vivid way.
  • Write about a time when you felt afraid.
  • Talk about a time you felt disappointed. Include what you expected from the situation and how reality did not live up to your expectations.
  • What is your favorite place in the world? Use descriptive language to explain how it makes you feel.
  • Have you overcome a major challenge in your life? What did it teach you?
  • Write about a time when you thought a situation was worse than it really was.
  • Describe a memory you have with an animal. Why was this moment special for you?
  • Think about your favorite smell. What does it remind you of?
  • Think about a terrible smell. What does it remind you of?

You can read examples of narrative essays, as well as examples of famous autobiographies, for more inspiration.

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Reflective Writing Prompts

Reflective writing is the process where a writer records their thoughts about an experience. Like personal narratives, reflective writing is nonfiction. The difference is that it is not meant for other readers. It also does not use formal writing. Keeping a journal is one type of reflective writing.

  • Describe the events in your day over the course of a week. Which day was the busiest? Did it feel that way?
  • Record your emotional reactions for several days in a row. Do you see a pattern? What can you do to change an emotional pattern?
  • Make a goal in the morning and reflect back on it at night. Write about whether you accomplished that goal, and if so, what helped you. If you didn't accomplish your goal, reflect on what you could do differently next time.
  • Write out a conversation you had as if it were dialogue in a story. Would you change any of your lines if you could do it again?
  • Keep a journal in which you track acts of kindness you perform each day. How did you help someone?
  • Reflect on your relationship with someone in your family. How do you get along with them? What would you change about your behavior? What could they change?
  • List your goals and priorities for the week. Reflect on whether they reflect your personality or just your schedule.
  • Describe your favorite things about yourself. What makes you unique? What makes you belong to a bigger group, such as your family, friends, or community?

Check out some helpful tips for bringing reflective writing and journaling into the classroom.

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Informational Writing Prompts

Informational text gets the point across clearly and concisely. Expository writing is a type of informational writing that explains who, what, where, when, and why something occurred. Research writing and procedural writing are other ways to convey information.

Expository Prompts

Meant to explain or expose a topic, expository writing is a common style for school essays. It's also found in most newspaper articles and magazine features.

  • Explain why you chose the clothes you're wearing today.
  • Write about a role model of yours. Why do you look up to them?
  • Learn about a traffic law in your neighborhood and explain why it's important.
  • Write about something you learned this year. Use as much detail as you can remember.
  • Explain why you love your favorite song.
  • Choose a character from a story or movie. Explain why they made an important choice.
  • Write a news article about an event from your life or the community.
  • Describe a historical event and why it was important.
  • Explain the plot from your favorite story or movie.
  • What are the qualities of a good friend?
  • Give your best advice to someone who is about to enter middle school.

Research Prompts

Research writing is a type of expository writing that involves choosing a topic, asking a question about that topic, and finding credible sources to answer the question. Look through these research writing prompts for ideas.

  • Is technology addictive for teenagers?
  • What happened to the dinosaurs?
  • Describe an important development in medicine.
  • Write about an animal, including its ecosystem, reproduction, and traits.
  • Choose a moment in your state or country's history and describe the events that led to that event.
  • Research an invention from the past century and explain its significance.
  • What is the history of your school? How has it changed through the years?
  • Interview a family or community member about their life and memories.
  • How has math contributed to a modern technological device?
  • How much sleep does a teenager need?

You can include a problem statement in your research process as well as primary and secondary sources. Just be sure to avoid plagiarism!

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Procedural Prompts

Procedural text tells the reader how to do something. Technical writing and user manuals are two examples of procedural writing.

  • Explain how to send a text message. Is the process different for a friend than for a family member?
  • Describe how a spider constructs a web.
  • Explain how to get from your house to another place in the community.
  • Choose your favorite meal and write step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it.
  • Write about a daily habit of yours, such as styling your hair or playing a video game.
  • What are the steps to create slime?
  • How does a car engine work?
  • Explain how students can adjust their privacy settings online.

Argument Writing Prompts

Argumentative essays are meant to convince the reader to agree with the writer. They include formal arguments and persuasive writing.

Argument Essay Prompts

Formal argumentative essays use logic and evidence to prove their point. They use research to address both sides of the argument but ultimately support only one position. You could also use middle school debate topics for this type of essay.

  • What is the best solution to climate change?
  • Should your school do more to prevent bullying?
  • Is it easier to learn online or in the classroom?
  • Are magazine covers harmful to kids' self-esteem?
  • Does the right to free speech include student comments on the Internet?
  • Who faces more pressure: boys or girls?
  • Should the voting age be lowered to 16 in the United States?
  • What is the best way to prevent crime in the community?
  • Should healthcare be free?
  • What is the biggest problem facing your generation?
  • Would a later start to the school day be beneficial?
  • At what age should children get smartphones?

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Persuasive Prompts

A persuasive piece of writing includes emotional appeals to bring a reader to the writer's opinion. Letters to the editor and newspaper editorials are examples of persuasive writing that don't necessarily include evidence-based arguments.

  • What is the best way to prepare eggs?
  • Is it more important to be honest or popular?
  • Should your school have a dress code?
  • Where is the best location for a vacation? Why should others go there?
  • Why should someone vote for you in a mock presidential election?
  • Is music important in a person's daily life?
  • Should students be allowed to eat in class?
  • Is it ethical to test products on animals?
  • Should users be able to download movies and TV shows for free?
  • Write a letter to the editor about an article in the paper with which you agree or disagree.
  • Why should you receive a higher allowance?
  • Should your school reduce the amount of homework?
  • Do you believe that smokers should be able to smoke wherever they want?
  • What is the worst chore to have?
  • Would you rather have a long summer break or more frequent breaks throughout the year?
  • The best thing about middle school is…
  • The worst thing about middle school is…
  • Would you rather shrink to the size of a penny or grow to the size of a building?

For additional persuasive writing ideas, learn how to write a one-minute persuasive speech or explore more persuasive writing samples.

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Poetry Prompts for Middle School

Not every middle schooler loves to write poetry, but most middle schoolers enjoy talking about themselves. Poetry is a great way to write creatively, whether it's a fictional story that rhymes or a personal narrative in free verse.

  • Write an I Am poem to introduce yourself or to analyze a character.
  • Use an acrostic format to spell out your name and list your traits.
  • Think about a favorite memory and write a descriptive poem about it.
  • Use at least five examples of onomatopoeia to create an action-filled poem.
  • Go outside to observe nature, and incorporate your notes into a haiku.
  • Think about a natural image and write four poems about how it changes during every season.
  • Write a poem from a minor character's point of view as you read a book.
  • Choose a song and replace the words with lines about yourself, keeping the song's original beat.
  • Create a new story about yourself and write a poem in which nothing is true.
  • Write a poem in which you end every line with an "-at" rhyme.
  • Write an elegy to your favorite childhood toy.
  • Choose a letter and write an alliteration poem in which nearly every word starts with that letter.

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More Creative Writing Tips

Now that you've got 100 ways to get started, take a look at some writing strategy tips for middle schoolers or additional writing samples. If you've got a poem in your mind, you can find poetry tips as well. Happy writing!

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FAQs

What are the best topics for creative writing? ›

Creative Writing
  • A cozy spot at home.
  • A dark hallway.
  • A story about a holiday.
  • A trip on a rocket ship.
  • A walk in the woods.
  • Dear George Washington.
  • Donuts for dinner.
  • Funny things my pet has done.

What is 500 writing prompts? ›

500 Writing Prompts guided journal is lined with a prompt or two per page and will help ease you into your own writing space, allowing you to explore the inner depths of your mind and soul, one word at a time. The unique journal design allows pages to lay open flat, making them easier to write in.

What are easy topics to write about? ›

If it's a short story, flash fiction, or even a novel you're in pursuit of, these topic ideas will get the words flowing.
  • 1 Get inspired by a song. ...
  • 2 Reinvent a childhood memory. ...
  • 3 Write about a person you see every day but don't really know. ...
  • 4 If your pet were a person . . . ...
  • 6 Grab a writing prompt to-go.
16 May 2019

What age can kids write their name? ›

There is no age that your child must know how to write his name. It will probably start emerging around 4 years, maybe a little earlier or later. If your child is too young developmentally to be expected to write, then the same applies to his name.

Should a 3 year old be able to write their name? ›

Your 3-year-old now

Some threes even start writing their name, or a few letters of it. But writing is one of those developmental milestones that varies greatly from child to child. Don't stress out if your child isn't even interested in writing. A lot depends on fine motor development.

What is a good sentence to start a story? ›

There was a secret meeting in the morning and she absolutely had to be there. There was something about a music box that always made me think of home… I opened my eyes and had no idea where I was… He was heading back to the one place he hoped he'd never have to see again.

What's a prompt for an essay? ›

What is a prompt? A prompt consists of 1-3 sentences raising an issue, or asking a question that you will have to respond to in an essay. Most prompts are given out by your teacher as part of timed exams or as essay prompts for an assignment.

What is the best prompt? ›

Writing Prompts for Kids
  • Write a story about the first animal you see outside your window.
  • What would life be like if you could breathe underwater?
  • Begin a story with “It was a dark and stormy night…”
  • When you got to school, no one was there. ...
  • Write a story about your favorite book, movie, or TV character with you in it.
19 Aug 2021

What is an example of a writing prompt? ›

A writing prompt is usually a statement followed by questions you can use to craft a piece. The initial statement focuses on a particular subject or an area. For example, a creative writing prompt might suggest, "Describe a cold, empty place."

What is an example of a prompt? ›

An example of prompt is someone who is told to arrive at 7:00 and who gets there at 7:00. The act of prompting or giving a cue. (comput.) A message on a video screen that requests the user to enter information or a command.

What are some unique topics? ›

Persuasive
  • Seniors are too old to adopt children.
  • TV adverts are not a work of art.
  • Allow social media at school.
  • Cash will be discontinued.
  • Music has the power to heal.
  • Old buildings must be preserved.
  • There needs to be a one car per family rule.
  • Marriage should only be allowed from age 25.
5 Aug 2022

What are some hard essay topics? ›

Essay Topics on Technology in Daily Life
  • Social Media Essay.
  • My Favourite Game Essay.
  • Mobile Phones Essay.
  • Technology Essay.
  • Essay on Science.
  • Uses Of Internet Essay.
  • Cyber Crime Essay.
  • Essay On Internet.

What is the most common essay topic? ›

Common Essay Topics with Subtopics
  • Art. censorship of art and artists. ...
  • Business & Money. small vs large business. ...
  • Communication & Personality. technology and communication. ...
  • Crime & Punishment. prisons vs rehabilitation. ...
  • Economics. cash vs credit cards. ...
  • Education. children and education. ...
  • Environment. animals. ...
  • Family & Children.

How do you write a 100 word essay? ›

A 100-word essay is quite a short piece. However, it should be properly planned. Your essay should contain four to five concise paragraphs. It is to consist of an introduction paragraph, two to three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

How can I test my 3 year olds IQ? ›

Visit your local psychologist and ask that person to administer a Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) test. Get an accurate IQ score by taking your child to a professional test administrator who is unfamiliar to the toddler. The unfamiliar administrator will not provide bias towards your child.

Can a 2 year old spell their name? ›

A child can memorize how to spell their name as early as two years old. This can be quite early for some children. It's quite normal for a child to start spelling their own name by age three, four or even five, depending on the length of their name.

When can kids sing ABC? ›

By age 2: Kids start recognizing some letters and can sing or say aloud the “ABC” song.

How many words do 9 year olds know? ›

I've seen a number of different statistics cited in the literature; Nagy & Scott (2000) report that children learn between 2,000-3,000 words per year. Others have cited that kids can learn up to 5,000 per year (Miller & Gildea, 1987).

What should a 7 year olds writing look like? ›

Children of this age are trying their best to write clearly in a straight line. They should know to write from left to right across a page and will attempt to form letters of a uniform size.

What age should a child be able to count to 10? ›

What age should my child be able to count to 10? And beyond? The average child can count up to “ten” at 4 years of age, however it is normal for children to still be learning to count to 5 while others are able to correctly count to forty.

What are interesting sentence starters? ›

Below is a list of possible sentence starters, transitional and other words that may be useful. This essay discusses … … is explored … … is defined … The definition of … will be given … is briefly outlined … … is explored …

How do you start a unique story? ›

Try one or more of these strategies.
  1. Strategy 1: Begin with action or dialogue. ...
  2. Strategy 2: Ask a question. ...
  3. Strategy 3: Describe the setting. ...
  4. Strategy 4: Begin with background information. ...
  5. Strategy 5: Have the main character introduce himself or herself.

How do I start writing for fun? ›

There are actually quite a few ways to make writing more fun, but some take more time than others.
  1. Write with the help of a writing prompt. ...
  2. Illustrate your writing. ...
  3. Tell a story. ...
  4. Write, write, write. ...
  5. Write about something new. ...
  6. Get inspired by others. ...
  7. Re-write previous works. ...
  8. Write about what you enjoy.
17 Nov 2019

What should I write about everyday? ›

Recap: 6 Journaling Ideas
  • Write down your goals every day.
  • Keep a daily log.
  • Journal three things you're grateful for every day.
  • Journal your problems.
  • Journal your stresses.
  • Journal your answer to “What's the best thing that happened today?” every night before bed.
2 May 2017

Which words should not be used in this essay? ›

20+ Words to Avoid Writing in Your Essay
  • 1) Contractions. ...
  • 2) Idioms. ...
  • 3-5) “So on,” “etc,” “and so forth“ ...
  • 6) Clichés. ...
  • 7-11) “Thing,” “stuff,” “good,” “bad,” “big“ ...
  • 12) Slang, jargon, teen speak. ...
  • 13) Rhetorical questions. ...
  • 14-17) “In terms of,” “needless to say,” “in conclusion,” “it goes without saying“
13 Mar 2018

How do I start a prompt? ›

Writing prompt construction:
  1. Part 1. Introduce the topic or writing situation with a statement or generalization to orient the student to the topic.
  2. Part 2. Encourage students to brainstorm and to make a personal connection with the topic. ...
  3. Part 3. Describe the writing task, purpose, and audience.

What would do fun questions? ›

“What Would You Do?” Questions
  • What would you do if you had only 24 hours to live?
  • What would you do if you found out you could stop time?
  • What would you do if you were rich?
  • What would you do if you were the ruler of a country for a day?
  • What would you do if you were swimming and lost your bathing suit?
15 May 2021

What do kids like to write about? ›

Kids often love to write about topics that engage them and spark their imagination. Young writers also typically enjoy writing about topics that engage their interest; this could include a great many ideas ranging from their favorite cartoons to a cherished superhero.

What is your favorite prompts for kids? ›

Fun writing prompts for grade schoolers
  • 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? ...
  • What would you do if you woke up one morning and everything was pink — including you?
2 Mar 2021

What are some story starters? ›

Story starters
  • I didn't mean to kill her.
  • The air turned black all around me.
  • Icy fingers gripped my arm in the darkness.
  • Wandering through the graveyard it felt like something was watching me.
  • The eyes in the painting follow him down the corridor.
  • A shrill cry echoed in the mist.

What is a good writing prompt for 5th grade? ›

Imagine something wonderful happened to you. Write to describe your experience. Think about a trip you went on with your class, family, friends, or a group. Write about what happened on the trip.

What are visual prompts? ›

 Visual Prompt. A visual prompt includes pictures, photographs, or objects that provide the toddler with information about how to use the target skill or behavior (e.g., a washcloth or a picture of a washcloth as the cue to pick up the washcloth to wash face).

What is a full verbal prompt? ›

4. Full verbal prompt. The teacher provides the learner with a spoken, complete response to the question just asked. Example: Teacher asks learner, “What comes after Thursday?” Teacher prompts learner by stating “Friday.”

What are tactile prompts? ›

Tactile prompting involves actually touching the child. A full physical prompt might involve moving the child through the entirety of behavior, i.e. moving his hand to select the right card from an array, and then moving the card further to hand it to you or someone else.

What are the 4 forms of creative writing? ›

While there are many reasons why you might be putting pen to paper or tapping away on the keyboard, there are really only four main types of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. Each of these four writing genres has a distinct aim, and they all require different types of writing skills.

How do I start creative writing? ›

Outside the world of business writing and hard journalism lies an entire realm of creative writing.
...
8 Tips for Creative Writers
  1. Always be writing. ...
  2. Embrace rewriting. ...
  3. Have a perspective. ...
  4. Know your audience. ...
  5. Read, read, read. ...
  6. Start writing. ...
  7. Try a writing workshop.
19 Sept 2022

What are the 5 types of writing? ›

Learn about the major writing styles: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and creative, and read examples of each.
...
For instance, you might use narrative writing in:
  • Novels and short stories.
  • Memoirs.
  • Creative essays.
  • Feature stories.
  • Presentations or speeches.
19 Apr 2021

What is a story prompt? ›

In creative writing, a prompt is a short text that gives an author a starting point for a story. From a one-line description to a short passage that sets a scene or describes characters, a prompt is meant to inspire a writer with the basic theme or topic for a story.

How long is a short story? ›

The average short story should run anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 words, but they can be anything above 1,000 words. Flash fiction is a short story that is 500 words or less.

What should write today? ›

Things to Write About Today
  • Write about what you love about your life right now.
  • Write a list of words for each of your senses.
  • Write about a lifestyle you can barely imagine.
  • Write about spending a day in the house of your dreams.
  • Write a world with no characters.
  • Write an ode to the floor.

What should a kid write about? ›

Kids often love to write about topics that engage them and spark their imagination. Young writers also typically enjoy writing about topics that engage their interest; this could include a great many ideas ranging from their favorite cartoons to a cherished superhero.

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