77 Writing Prompts for 7th Grade
No matter where your education takes you in the future, writing is arguably the most important skill you’ll ever use.
The prompts below contain a variety of writing styles so you can work on things you need to improve, but also choose the style you like best.
Have fun and express yourself!
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The Writing Prompts
- What are you most looking forward to in 8th grade? Why?
- If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? What would you talk about?
- Write a detailed review of the last book that you read.
- How is the way you act at school different from the way you act at home?
- Write about a time when you gave in to peer pressure.
- Write a poem, essay, or short story using the following words: diversity, acknowledge, necessity, aspire
- Explain the importance of extracurricular activities.
- Write a story about a locker that leads to a magical world.
- Write a poem about growing up.
- Write a persuasive essay encouraging your peers to recycle.
- Explain your favorite sport or hobby in detail.
- How do you define feminism? Why is feminism so important today?
- Write about a time when trying to help someone backfired on you.
- If you could live inside any video game, which game would it be? Why?
- Do you feel that society has become too reliant on technology? Explain.
- Write an essay about the importance of mental health.
- Tell the detailed story about how you met your best friend.
- Write a story about a 7th grader whose determination to be the best gets them into trouble.
- Pick an athlete and write 5-7 paragraphs about their accomplishments. Explain why you admire them.
- How has the internet changed the way we live?
- How can your school or community be more accessible to those with special needs?
- Write a short story about a classmate whose dog literally ate their homework.
- Would you rather live in a big city or small town? Why?
- Compare and contrast being a teenager in 1922 and today.
- Pick a prominent woman in history. Write about her accomplishments and what you admire about her.
- Write about your day from your teacher’s perspective.
- Write a letter to someone in your family that you admire.
- How are you and your best friend alike? How are you different?
- Write about a time when you felt anxious. What did you do to resolve your anxiety?
- How would you handle someone cutting in front of you in a very long line?
- Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the ability to read minds? Explain.
- Would you rather spend a week at the beach or a week in the mountains? Why?
- What is something that you used to enjoy that you now feel is embarrassing? Why do you think you feel that way?
- Have you ever held an important leadership role? What did you do? How did it make you feel?
- What is one lesson you’ve learned from someone unexpected?
- You wake up in the morning and find yourself on a deserted island. What do you do next?
- Do you prefer Marvel or DC? Explain.
- Explain the importance of protesting.
- Write a poem, story, or essay using the following words: potential, authentic, legacy, hilarious
- Write a story about your favorite book character, set in the world of your favorite movie.
- Think of a school rule that is outdated. Write a letter convincing your principal to make the change.
- How does advertising have a negative impact on society? Explain your answer.
- Pretend you are a superhero. What is your superpower? How do you help others?
- If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be? How would you change it?
- What can schools do to make sure that graduates are ready to join society?
- Have you ever witnessed or been a victim of racism? How did it make you feel?
- Compare and contrast the pros and cons of virtual learning versus in-person classes.
- Write a detailed nonsensical reason why the sky is blue.
- Do you think that there are some beliefs worth dying for?
- What do you want to be when you are older? Explain in detail.
- What genre of music is the best? Why?
- Compare and contrast the pros and cons of teens using social media.
- Write your speech convincing your peers to vote for you for student body president.
- Describe a time when you set a goal and followed through.
- What makes your hometown special? Explain in detail.
- Is it better to be famous or respected? Why?
- Describe the last sporting event or concert you attended.
- What is it like to be a 7th grader? What are some things you like and dislike?
- Do you think the voting age should be lowered? Explain.
- Why was Barack Obama essential to the future of our country?
- Which of your senses do you think is most important? Why?
- Research Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Write an essay about her accomplishments.
- Describe in detail the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen.
- Do you have a special talent? Describe it.
- Which natural disaster do you fear most? Why?
- Describe a time when you felt vulnerable.
- Would you rather be able to fly or to breathe under water? Why?
- Does your school do enough to prevent bullying? How could they improve?
- How can we learn positive lessons from disappointments?
- What are some alternative products you could use to decrease your carbon footprint?
- How are you different as a 7th grader from when you were seven years old? Use examples.
- Which national park would you most like to visit? Why?
- Would you rather time travel to the future or the past? Why?
- What is the most important thing you learned in 7th grade?
- What is the best ice cream flavor? Why?
- What could your school and community do to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA+ individuals?
- Write about the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you.
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By seventh grade, students should be refining the core writing skills of brainstorming , researching, outlining, drafting, and revising. In order to hone these skills, seventh-grade students need regular practice writing a variety of essay styles, including narrative, persuasive, expository , and creative essays. The following essay prompts offer age-appropriate starting points to help seventh graders flex their writing muscles.
Narrative Essay Writing Prompts
Narrative essays share a personal experience to tell a story, usually to make a point rather than merely to entertain. These narrative essay prompts encourage students to describe and reflect on a story that's meaningful to them.
- Embarrassing Pasts - As people get older, they are sometimes embarrassed by things they used to like, such as toys, television shows, or nicknames. Describe something that you used to enjoy that you now find embarrassing. Why is it embarrassing now?
- Bonds of Hardship - Sometimes difficulties draw families closer. Describe something that your family endured together that strengthened your relationships.
- There’s No Place Like Home - What makes your hometown special? Explain this special quality.
- New Kid in Town - Being new to a town or school can be challenging because you don’t know anyone, or exciting because no one knows you and your past. Describe a time when you were the new kid.
- Finders Keepers - Write about a time when you lost (or found) something of value. How did that experience affect your opinion of the saying, “Finders keepers; losers weepers?"
- Follow the Leader - Describe a time when you were in a leadership role. How did it make you feel? What did you learn from the experience?
- April Fools - Write about the best prank you’ve ever played on someone (or had played on you). What made it so clever or funny?
- Bon Appetit - Special meals can be powerful memory-makers. Write about a specific meal that stands out in your memory. What made it so unforgettable?
- Bon Voyage - Family trips and vacations also create lasting memories. Write an essay detailing your favorite family vacation memory.
- Batter Up - Write about a valuable lesson that you learned while playing your favorite sport.
- Best Friends Forever - Describe your friendship with your BFF and what makes it so important to you.
- The Real Me - What is one thing you wish your parents, teachers, or coaches really understood or knew about you?
- TV - Explain what makes your favorite television show so enjoyable or relatable to you.
Persuasive Essay Writing Prompts
Persuasive essays use facts and reasoning to convince the reader to embrace the writer’s opinion or take a course of action. These essay prompts empower seventh graders to write persuasively about an issue they genuinely care about.
- Outdated Laws - What is one law or family or school rule that you think needs to be changed? Convince lawmakers, your parents, or school leaders to make the change.
- Bad Ads - Advertising can have a powerful impact on consumers. What is a product that you’ve seen advertised that you don’t think should be? Explain why the media should quit showing these ads.
- Puppy Love - You want a pet, but your parents don’t think you need one. What would you say to change their minds?
- Lights, Camera - What is your favorite book of all time? Write an essay convincing a producer to make a movie about it.
- Snooze Button - Studies have shown that tweens and teens need more sleep. Write a proposal for a later school start time.
- Body Shop - Magazines can negatively impact their readers’ body image by using edited images of models. Convince a teen magazine publisher that they should not use heavily-edited model images in their publication.
- It Can’t Be Over - The network is canceling your favorite television show. Write a paper convincing the station that they’re making a mistake.
- Curfews - Some malls have policies forbidding kids under 18 to be at the mall without adult supervision during certain times. Do you think this is fair or unfair? Defend your position.
- Team Spirit - Should homeschooled students be allowed to play sports on public or private school teams? Why or why not?
- Smartphones - All of your friends have the latest smartphone, but you only have a “dumb phone.” Should your parents upgrade your phone, or are smartphones for middle school kids a bad idea?
- Bullies - Some dogs, such as pit bulls or Dobermans, are labeled “bully breeds.” Is this label deserved or undeserved?
- Money Can’t Buy You Love - People say that money can’t buy happiness, but some studies have shown that people with higher incomes may be happier . Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
- Ratings - There are age restrictions on movies and video games, ratings on television shows, and warning labels on music. Computers and smartphones offer parental controls. Do adults have too much control over what kids watch and listen to or do these restrictions serve a valuable purpose?
Expository Essay Writing Prompts
Expository essays describe a process or provide factual information. These prompts can serve as jumping-off points for the explanatory process.
- School’s in Session - Would you rather attend public school, private school, or be homeschooled. Explain the benefits of your choice.
- Admiration - Who do you admire from your life or history? Write an essay describing how their character or contributions to their community have earned your respect.
- Global Community - If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Write about your dream hometown and why you want to live there.
- Peer Problems - Peer pressure and bullying can make life as a middle school student difficult. Describe a time you were pressured or bullied and how it affected you.
- Order Up - A friend wants to learn how to make your favorite food. Detail the process, step-by-step, so your friend can recreate the dish.
- Addictions - Many people are impacted by drug or alcohol addictions. Share facts about how the use of these substances negatively affects families or communities.
- Serve Others - Community service is a valuable experience. Describe a time you volunteered. What did you do and how did it make you feel?
- City or Country Mouse - Do you live in a big city or a small town? Explain why you do or don’t like living there.
- Aspirations - What do you want to be when you’re an adult? Explain why you’d choose that career or what you’ll do to prepare for it.
- Point in Time - Sometimes people bury time capsules so future generations can learn about the past. What would you include to give an accurate snapshot of life in the current time?
- Hobbyist - You’re friend wants to take up your favorite hobby. Explain it to him.
- SOS - A natural disaster has destroyed homes and businesses in a nearby city. Describe what you can do to help.
- Wonder Twin Power - Some superheroes can fly or become invisible. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Creative Essay Writing Prompts
Creative essays are fictional stories. They use plot, character, and dialog to engage and entertain the reader. These prompts will get the creative juices flowing.
- Fan Fic - Write a story about your favorite characters from a book, film, or television show.
- Cats vs. Dogs - You have two pets of different species. Write a story from their point of view about a day at home alone.
- Time Travel - You find a time machine in your backyard. What happens when you step inside?
- Dream State - Think about a time when you woke in the middle of a vivid dream. What would have happened if the dream hadn’t been interrupted?
- New Door - You’ve just discovered a door that you’ve never seen before. What happens when you walk through it?
- Secret Keeper - You find out your best friend has kept a secret from you. What is the secret and why didn’t your friend tell you?
- Fridge Fun - Write a story from the perspective of an item in your refrigerator.
- Desert Island - You’ve just discovered an uncharted island. What happens next?
- Fly on the Wall - You see two people talking excitedly, but you can’t hear what they’re saying. Write a story about what they might be saying.
- Special Delivery - You receive a battered package in the mail. Write a story about its journey from the sender to you.
- A Mile in My Shoes - You find a pair of shoes in the thrift store and put them on. Suddenly you find yourself transported into someone else’s life. Describe what happens.
- Mission to Mars - Imagine that you’re a pioneer to start a colony on Mars. Write about a typical day on your new planet.
- Snow Days - You find yourself snowed in for a week with your family. There is no electricity or phone service. What do you do for fun?
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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
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
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
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
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
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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Engaging 7th Grade Writing Prompts For Creative Essays
In 7th grade, students develop their ability to write complex, coherent, and well-organized essays on a variety of topics. For you to successfully guide them through this process, you’ll undoubtedly need a variety of engaging and motivating 7th-grade writing prompts!
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 67 great writing prompts for you to use in your classroom.
Narrative Essay Writing Prompts
Narrative essays usually tell a story, either personal or fictional. Below are some narrative essay writing prompts that you can use in your classroom:
1. Family conflicts may help strengthen relationships. Describe a shared experience that cemented your family ties.
2. What makes your hometown special? Describe this characteristic.
3. Describe a time when you were in a leadership position. What did you learn from the experience?
4. Tell us about the most hilarious or clever prank you’ve ever played on someone (or been the victim of). What made it amusing?
5. Explain how you like or relate to your favorite television series.
6. When people reach middle age, they may be ashamed of things they used to enjoy. Describe something you liked in the past that you’re now embarrassed by.
7. Tell us about your close relationship with your BFF and its importance to you.
8. Write about a time when you misplaced (or recovered) something of great importance. How did the event influence your view on “Finders keepers; weepers losers?”
9. What do you wish your parents, teachers, or coaches knew about you?
10. Being new to a community or school may be difficult since you don’t know anyone, or it might be thrilling because no one knows who you are and your old life. Describe a time when you were the new kid in school.
11. Trips and vacations offer you and your family a lifetime of memories. Describe your favorite family vacation experience in an essay.
12. Describe a life lesson you’ve learned while engaging in your favorite sport.
13. Special food may be capable of creating long-lasting memories. Describe a particular meal that has stayed with you for a long time.
Compare and Contrast Writing Prompts
In a compare and contrast essay, your students will need to identify the similarities and differences between two or more subjects. Below are some compare and contrast essay writing prompts:
14. They claim, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” In what ways is the pen mightier than the sword?
15. What’s the difference between coffee and tea? How are they similar?
16. What does the phrase “comparing apples to oranges” imply? Are there no similarities between these two fruits?
17. Pick your two favorite role models. What do they have in common, and how do they differ?
18. What’s the difference between a smartphone and a regular phone?
19. What’s the distinction between a cheetah and a tiger?
20. What are some differences and similarities between a drawing and a photograph?
21. What are the similarities and the differences between you and your best friend?
22. Consider the last two family vacations you’ve had. Compare and contrast them.
23. What family characteristics do you have in common with your siblings or relatives?
24. Choose two of your favorite characters from books. What characteristics do they have in common? What sets them apart from each other?
25. Think about the most recent dream you can remember. Compare and contrast it with a nightmare you recently had.
26. Think of your favorite sports team. How do they compare to their biggest rivals?
Expository Essay Writing Prompts
An expository essay requires you to investigate an idea, evaluate the evidence, expound on the main idea, and set forth your argument concisely. Here are prompts to assist your seventh-grade students in building these core writing skills of an expository essay:
27. Would you want to go to a public school, a private school, or be homeschooled? Write an essay about your chosen option.
28. Community service is an excellent experience. Tell us about a time you volunteered at a summer job. What did you do, and how did it make you feel?
29. If you could live in any city in the world, where would you choose? Write an essay describing your ideal hometown and why you want to call it home.
30. What superpower do you wish you had, and why?
31. Your friend expresses an interest in your favorite pastime. Explain it to him.
32. Time capsules are used to preserve history throughout the ages by burying them. What would you put in a time capsule to give a current impression of life?
33. A neighboring city has been hit by a natural catastrophe, which has resulted in the loss of homes and businesses. Describe how you can help.
34. Who do you respect in your life or from history? Describe how their personality or contributions to their community have earned your respect in an essay.
35. A friend wants to know how to prepare your favorite meal. Give your friend a step-by-step description so they can repeat the process.
36. Do you live in a major metropolis or a rural area? Why do you love it or hate it there?
37. It’s tough to be a middle school student when your peers and bullies pressure you. Describe a situation in which you were forced or bullied and how it impacted you.
38. When you’re an adult, what do you want to be? Explain why you’d choose that profession or what you’ll do to get ready for it.
39. Drug or alcohol addictions have a significant impact on many individuals. Discuss the harmful effects of these substances on families and communities.
Creative Essay Writing Prompts
Creative essays are meant to be expressive, imaginative, and original. These writing prompts will get your students’ creative juices flowing:
40. You own two pets from different species. Write a narrative from the perspective of your two pets about a day spent at home alone.
41. A time machine has been discovered in your backyard. What happens when you go inside?
42. Write a short story about your favorite characters from a book, film, or television show.
43. You get snowed in for a week with your family. There’s no electricity or phone service, so what do you do for fun?
44. Write a narrative from the viewpoint of an object found in your refrigerator.
45. You put on a pair of shoes you purchased at a thrift store. You’re whisked away into someone else’s life. Describe what happens next.
46. Consider a scenario in which you were awakened during the middle of a spectacular dream. What would’ve happened if the dream hadn’t been interrupted?
47. You’ve just discovered an unknown island. What’s next for you now that you’ve set foot on it?
48. You get a crumpled package in the mail. Describe the route by which it passed from the sender to you.
49. You discover that your closest friend has been hiding something from you. What is this secret, and why didn’t your pal tell you about it?
50. You’ve just found a door that you haven’t seen before. When you go through it, what happens?
51. Imagine that you’re a pioneer who has established a colony on Mars. Describe a typical day in your new home.
52. You’re listening intently to two people chatting animatedly, but you can’t hear what they’re saying. Make a guess about what they’re talking about.
Descriptive Writing Prompts
Descriptive prompts inspire your students to describe something using vivid language. These prompts can help your seventh-graders get started:
53. Describe the school spirit at your school.
54. How about a rainbow? Write about the last time you saw one.
55. Describe your bedroom in detail. Describe as many features as possible.
56. A school rule has just been abolished. How did the students react?
57. You have a new teacher this year. Describe their unique style.
58. A fire has broken out in your neighborhood. What do you see and smell as you watch the blaze (use your five senses)?
59. The family pet has just passed away. Write about the memories you have of this animal.
60. You’re at a carnival. What sights, sounds, and smells do you take in?
61. Write about a time when you were extremely embarrassed.
62. What does your favorite food taste like? Write a descriptive paragraph about its flavor, texture, and smell.
63. You’ve just returned from a trip to a foreign country. Describe the people, food, and customs that you encountered.
64. Describe a sunset using as many adjectives as possible.
65. You find a mysterious box on your doorstep. What’s inside?
66. You’re at a museum. Describe the paintings, sculptures, and other artwork that you see.
67. You’re chosen to be a contestant on a game show. What do you have to do to win?
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Watch Your Students’ Writing Come Alive!
Now that you have a huge list of 7th-grade writing prompts at your disposal, you can use them in any way you see fit.
Assign one prompt as a free-write at the beginning of class and watch your students’ creativity unfold.
Or, have students choose their favorite prompt and write a longer piece that incorporates all of the elements of a good story.
No matter how you use these prompts, your students are sure to have a blast!
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10 Creative Writing Activities That Help Students Tell Their Stories
Lower the stakes and help them get started.
“I don’t have a story. There’s nothing interesting about my life!” Sound familiar? I don’t know a teacher who hasn’t heard students say this. When we ask our students to write about themselves, they get stuck. We know how important it is for them to tell their own stories. It’s how we explore our identities and keep our histories and cultures alive. It can even be dangerous when we don’t tell our stories (check out this Ted Talk given by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and share it with your students for more on that). Storytelling is essential for every subject, not just English Language Arts; students dive deeper and engage when they practice thinking about how their own stories intersect with historical events, civic engagement, and the real-world implications of STEM. These 10 creative writing activities can work in every subject you teach:
Here are 10 of our favorite story telling activities that inspire students:
1. write an “i am from” poem.
Students read the poem “I am From” by George Ella Lyon. Then, they draft a poem about their own identity in the same format Lyon used. Finally, students create a video to publish their poems. We love this one because the mentor text gives a clear structure and example that students can follow. But the end result is truly unique, just like their story.
2. Design a social media post to share an important memory
How can you use your unique perspective to tell a story? We want our students to learn that they are truly unique and have stories that only they can tell that other people want to hear or could relate to or learn from. In this activity, students watch two Pixar-in-a-Box videos on Khan Academy to learn about storytelling and perspective. Then, they identify an interesting or poignant memory and design a social media post.
3. Create an image using a line to chart an emotional journey
How do you show emotion using a single line? In this activity, students watch a Pixar in a Box video on Khan Academy to learn about how lines communicate character, emotion, and tension. Then they experiment with these aspects as they write their story. We love using this for pre-writing and to help students explore their story arc. Also, for students who love to draw or learn visually, this can help them get started telling their story and show them that there are many different ways to tell a story.
4. Tell the story behind your name
Sharing the story behind our name is a way to tell a story about ourselves, our culture, and our family history. And if there isn’t a story behind it, we can talk about how we feel about it and describe what it sounds like. In this activity, students use video to introduce themselves to their classmates by discussing the origin of their name. This project asks students to connect their names (and identities) to their personal and familial histories and to larger historical forces. If you’re looking for a mentor text that pairs well with this one, try “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros .
5. Develop a visual character sketch
Give students the time to create a character sketch of themselves. This will help them see how they fit into their story. In this lesson, students create a visual character sketch. They’ll treat themselves like a character and learn to see themselves objectively.
6. Create a webpage to outline the story of your movie
Building a story spine is a great way to show students how to put the parts of their story in an order that makes sense. It’s an exercise in making choices about structure. We like this activity because it gives students a chance to see different examples of structure in storytelling. Then, they consider the question: how can you use structure to set your story up for success? Finally, they design and illustrate an outline for their story.
7. Respond to a variety of writing prompts
Sometimes our students get stuck because they aren’t inspired or need a different entry point into telling their story. Give them a lot of writing prompts that they can choose from. Pass out paper and pencils. Set a timer for fifteen minutes. Then, write 3-4 writing prompts on the board. Encourage students to free-write and not worry about whether their ideas are good or right. Some of our favorite prompts to encourage students to tell their story are:
- I don’t know why I remember…
- What’s your favorite place and why?
- What objects tell the story of your life?
- What might surprise someone to learn about you?
8. Create a self-portrait exploring identity and self-expression
Part of what makes writing your own story so difficult for students is that they are just building their identity. In this activity, students explore how they and others define their identity. What role does identity play in determining how they are perceived and treated by others? What remains hidden and what is shown publicly?
9. Film a video to share an important story from your life
Encourage students to think about how to tell the story of a day they faced their fears. Students consider the question: How can you use different shot types to tell your story? They watch a video from Pixar in a Box on Khan Academy to learn about different camera shots and their use in storytelling. Then, they use Adobe Spark Post or Photoshop and choose three moments from their story to make into shots. We love using this to help students think about pace and perspective. Sometimes what we leave out of our story is just as important as what we include.
10. Try wild writing
Laurie Powers created a process where you read a poem and then select two lines from it. Students start their own writing with one of those lines. Anytime that they get stuck, they repeat their jump-off line again. This is a standalone activity or a daily writing warm-up, and it works with any poem. We love how it lowers the stakes. Can’t think of anything to write? Repeat the jump-off line and start again. Here are some of our favorite jump-off lines:
- The truth is…
- Some people say…
- Here’s what I forgot to tell you…
- Some questions have no answers…
- Here’s what I’m afraid to write about…
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How do I use writing topics in my classroom?
Do you want to inspire your students to write great narratives, essays, and reports? Check out these grade-specific writing topics organized by mode (explanatory, creative, and so on). Or search for writing topics that relate to a theme, such as “life” or “animals” or “family.”
Jump to . . .
- A day in the rainforest
- After-school games
- An important person I know about
- At the library
- Foods I don't like
- Friendly places
- Games I play with friends
- Games we play at recess
- Good things in my neighborhood
- How plants grow
- How to make my favorite dessert
- How to make new friends
- I like spring because . . .
- I like to make . . .
- I'd like to see . . .
- Insects, insects everywhere
- Learning to ride a bike
- My favorite food
- My favorite pet
- My favorite season
- My mom's/dad's hobby
- My new friend
- My shopping list
- Our clubhouse
- The biggest bubble-gum bubble
- The funniest zoo animal
- This person makes me laugh
- What I know about . . .
- What I know about an animal
- What I know about dinosaurs
- What I know about stars
- What I know about the ocean
- What I like about math
- What makes me laugh?
- What will I share?
- Who I will be in the future
- Who's at the zoo?
- Why I like to read
- Why I love to sing
- Words I think are funny
- Don't litter!
- Things that would make my neighborhood better
- A day at the beach
- A special birthday
- Buying something with my own money
- Cooking dinner with Mom/Dad
- Eating lunch with my friends
- Going grocery shopping
- Going to the circus
- I rode on a . . .
- I'm happy when . . .
- Losing my teeth
- My adventure
- My trip to . . .
- Noisy times and quiet times
- Playing a game with Grandma/Grandpa
- Playing with pets
- Something funny that happened to me
- The biggest thing I ever saw
- The last time I cried
- When _ was born
Response to Literature
- A book I just read
- Some of my favorite books
- A story about a holiday
- A trip on a rocket ship
- Dear George Washington
- Seeing the world through the eyes of . . .
- Sometimes I wish . . .
- What if I met a . . .
- What if I were 10 years old?
- What if I were someone else?
- What if toys could talk?
- What's under my bed?
- I wonder why . . .
- Something I don't understand
- A bicycle I'd like to have
- A day in the desert
- A great place to go
- A great treehouse
- A place I like to visit
- A sport I'm good at
- A trip on a monorail
- Activities for indoor fun
- Activities for outdoor fun
- Amazing facts I know
- An amazing animal
- Dancing to the music
- Having fun at school
- Helping out around the house
- Magic tricks I can do
- Making my favorite food
- My favorite baby-sitter
- My favorite board game
- My favorite teacher
- My homework place
- Our classroom pet
- Some things I like about the museum
- The best house pets
- The weirdest house pets
- Things that are hard to believe
- Things to do in the snow
- Unusual fruits and vegetables
- Water balloons!
- What I like about where I live
- What makes me special
- Who is beautiful?
- Let's help the environment by . . .
- Things I'd like to change
- A cozy spot at home
- A funny time in my family
- A great day with a friend
- A helpful person I have met
- A person who means the world to me
- A walk in the woods
- Funny things my pet has done
- My best birthday
- My favorite family story
- Putting on a play
- Swimming at the pool or lake
- When everything goes wrong
- Book characters I'd like to meet
- A dark hallway
- Donuts for dinner
- Something I wish would happen
- What if there were no electricity
- All about an amazing animal
- A cartoon character that I like
- A song that means a lot to me
- A special photograph
- A special, secret place
- A trip in a submarine
- An important time in history
- Building a fort
- Creatures that live in the ocean
- Creepy, crawly things
- Dirt bikes and skateboards
- Do I want to be famous?
- Doing homework
- Going to the dentist
- Gone fishing!
- How to stop hiccups
- How we divide the chores at our house
- I don't understand why . . .
- I'd like to invent a machine that . . .
- If I started my own business, I'd . . .
- Instructions for a pet sitter of my pet
- Let's help the animals by . . .
- Looking at the globe
- My favorite clothes
- My favorite form of exercise
- Pizza is . . .
- Staying at a friend's house
- The first day of school is the worst/best because . . .
- The rules we follow
- Things I see when I take a walk
- What I use a computer for
- What if I were the teacher?
- What is important to me?
- What it's like to use a wheelchair
- What my dreams feel like
- When I see nature, I . . .
- Why I like/dislike playing team sports
- Why my mom and dad are the greatest
- My school really needs . . .
- A day in the life of my pet
- A visit to a friend's school
- An excellent birthday party
- Discovering a new friend
- Getting my first pair of glasses
- Grandma's attic
- I'll never eat another . . .
- My best day
- My first school memories
- My most embarrassing moment
- Rings on her fingers
- Talk about being scared!
- When I did something amazing
- When I was upside down
- When the big storm hit
- If I wrote like the author of . . .
- A really spooky story
- Summer games
- What if we suddenly had to move?
- A game that meant a lot to my childhood
- A school field trip
- A toy I've held onto all these years
- A trip to a space station
- A typical lunch hour
- Can farmers grow enough food for everyone?
- Here's what a new student needs to know
- How I can change the way I look
- How I picture myself four years from now
- How I would define the word . . .
- I would have liked to have lived during this time.
- I'm principal for the day. Here is my schedule.
- I've done something that no one else has done
- If I could be someone else, I would be . . .
- My bedroom from top to bottom
- My favorite place
- My idea of a fun weekend
- My life as a . . .
- My participation in an activity outside of school
- One thing I want to do by the time I leave 8th grade
- Overcoming health problems
- The wildest hairstyle I have ever seen
- What a family member taught me
- What a house of the future might look like
- What I broke or lost that belongs to someone else
- A big hazard on the road
- A big problem in education is . . .
- A cool store
- A dedicated teacher or coach
- Dear Senator
- Discover nature
- Finally, a good assembly
- How could TV be better?
- Let's save _ in our schools
- My best class ever
- My favorite neighbor
- My favorite singer(s)
- Rights that kids in my grade should have
- The worst food I ever ate
- This really bugs me
- What's good about hard work?
- Why I deserve a larger allowance
- Why parents should be honest with their kids
- Why school fund-raisers are important
- Why weekends need to be longer
- A memorable bus ride
- A narrow escape from trouble
- A time that was just not fair
- A visit to a relative's house
- If I lived back in history
- If only I would have listened!
- My first concert
- My first friend
- Summer in a cabin by a lake
- The most fun I've had recently
- We couldn't stop laughing!
- We got caught!
- When I was lost
- A great book made into a great movie
- My favorite character from a book
- What if a book came to life?
- What this story means to me
- How _ came to be.
- Life among the cloud people
- Long ago and far away
- Meeting myself in the future
- Traveling west in a wagon train
- When the dinosaurs returned
- A job I'd really like to have
- All about an amazing place
- The most fascinating things I learned
- The tallest, the deepest, the longest, the biggest
- When I conducted an experiment
- When science took a big leap forward
- The book that got me hooked on reading
- A day I will always remember
- A friend who moved away
- A great scientific breakthrough
- A person who changed history
- A personal habit I'd like to change
- A project I am working on
- A typical evening at home
- A visit with the doctor or dentist
- An invention that transformed the world
- Causes of a huge change in the world
- Coping with brothers and sisters
- Hanging out
- How a vehicle works
- How do people cope with constant pain?
- How I express myself artistically
- How it would feel to walk in space
- I admit it: I enjoy professional wrestling.
- I take some things too seriously
- If I were a superhero, I'd be . . .
- Is pollution a necessary evil?
- Is this love?
- Morning madness
- My craziest experience in a restaurant or shopping mall
- My dream car
- My first crush
- My first encounter with a bully
- My muscles were so sore after . . .
- My Web site
- Something this school really needs is . . .
- Sometimes, adults seem . . .
- The environment: problem and solution
- The hardest thing I have ever done
- The idea hit me like a tornado.
- The next wave of social media
- The toys I'll never give up
- Tools I will need in my intended profession
- We all make mistakes
- What animals can teach people
- What different colors mean to me
- What do Americans do well?
- What do I do to break routine?
- What do I worry about?
- What if school sports were dropped?
- What invention would I like to see in my lifetime?
- What it's like where I work
- Who knows me best?
- Why are crime dramas so popular?
- Why are some people so cruel?
- "Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal."
- A change that would improve school life
- Foods I love, foods I hate
- I couldn't believe that Mom/Dad volunteered me for that job
- It's a rule, so it's right . . . right?
- Let's hear it for my favorite senior citizen
- Let's push alternate forms of energy
- Putting my foot in my mouth
- The government should . . .
- What most drives me crazy is . . .
- Why appearance is not so important
- Why I deserve the job
- _ is like a boomerang
- A funny thing happened when . . .
- A meaningful gift I've given or received
- A time when I got in trouble
- An unforgettable dream
- Looking at pictures of family and friends
- My brother or sister made me so mad
- My worst vacation
- What I regret most
- When I faced my fears
- When I learned something difficult
- When I traveled to . . .
- A remarkable artist
- An all-new album from an important artist
- An amazing work of art
- Meet the characters of . . .
- The music that moves me most
- The theme of my favorite story is . . .
- Alone on a desert island