Middle school children love the freedom of being able to write without worrying about standardized testing scores. These are fun and creative writing prompts middle school children will enjoy and appreciate!
Prompt 1: Nothing good can come from a knock on the door at midnight. But I opened it anyway. Standing on my doorstep was..
Prompt 2: What posters do you have on your wall? Write about why they appeal to you.
Prompt 3: What one question would you like to ask an ancestor of yours from five generations ago?
Prompt 4: Every Thursday night, after you go to bed, you hear your mom sneak out of the house. She always returns exactly four hours later. Where do you think she goes?
Prompt 5: Describe yourself using only these letters of the alphabet….D, G, I, O, T, V, Y.
Prompt 6: Describe the sound of either a piano, violin or trumpet to someone who is deaf.
Prompt 7: You are watching a movie about the Civil War when suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of the movie as one of the characters on the big screen. Who did you become? A soldier, a slave, a slave owner, Lincoln, a spy, or someone else? Are you delighted, fearful, anxious, or what? Did you know you are just in a movie or do you think it’s real? Write a story about what happens next.
Prompt 8: You hear your name announced over the school’s loudspeaker. You are directed to go to the principal’s office immediately. Why are you being summoned?
Prompt 9: You open a trunk in your grandparent’s attic and find something shocking. Write about what you find.
Prompt 10: Write a short story using these words: flashlight, applesauce, balloon, jacket, swan.
Prompt 11: My mom, the interior decorator, did it again! When I left the house this morning my room was painted light blue. When I returned this afternoon the walls were the color of..
Prompt 12: One day while fishing with your dad, you feel a strong tug in your line. You reel it in and are shocked at what you’ve caught. Write a story about what you’ve pulled out of the water.
Prompt 13: “Tell me exactly how this happened,” I said to my brother as he stood in the middle of our now flooded basement.
Prompt 14: Write a story about how your parents met. If you don’t know how they met, make it up!
Prompt 15: You get to write a fashion blog! The only catch is that you must describe the clothes from the year 2297! What will we be wearing then?
Prompt 16: You’ve been given a guarantee by a magic genie that you will either be rich or famous when you grow up, but you can’t be both. Which one do you choose and why?
Prompt 17: My parents laid down the law last night! If I don’t get my grades up this quarter, I’ll be..
Prompt 18: It was the worst thing that could happen to me. The score is tied, it’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and I’m at bat. And wouldn’t you know who’s pitching! Write a story about what happens next.
Prompt 19: You’ve been told a thousand times, never, never go down to the basement. It was totally off limits. But today, you’re home alone. You sneak down the stairs and discover..
Prompt 20: You find an old photograph album and start looking through the pictures. You come across a picture of your dad and mom before they got married and couldn’t believe what they were doing. Who knew your parents used to..
Prompt 21: In your family, your brother is known as the athletic one. Your sister is considered the smart one. But you are famous for being..
Prompt 22: Your Great-Great Aunt Edna just died and left you an inheritance. Instead of money or jewelry, as you had hoped, she left you one mangy dog, two canaries, and 22 cats. What is your reaction and how do you handle the situation?
Prompt 23: “Don’t touch that!” I shouted as my friend Jesse reached for the..
Prompt 24: You would have thought that wearing a clown costume for Halloween would have meant you were going to have a fun night. Instead, when you went to old man Guthries’ house, things turned ugly. Because when you got to the door, Guthries wasn’t handling out treats. Instead he was..
Prompt 25: Write an essay explaining why you do or why you don’t believe in ghosts.
Prompt 26: Write an essay on what arguments you could use to convince your parents to let you go to the mall with a bunch of friends for the day unsupervised.
Prompt 27: If you could change one thing about yourself physically what would you change? Do you think it would improve your life?
Prompt 28: Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.” Can you explain what he meant by that?
Prompt 29: Do you remember your dreams? Are they in color? Write about a particularly vivid dream you’ve had.
Prompt 30: Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Why is it your favorite?
Prompt 31: Herbert V. Prochnow said, “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” Which are you? An optimist or a pessimist? Write about a situation you went through which shows what type of personality you have.
Prompt 32: Write about an argument you had with your BFF. Are you still friends? Who apologized first?
Prompt 33: On a recent television newscast, it was reported that some people spend as much as $35,000 a year pampering their pups, with such luxuries as a dog house with a treadmill and television set, a closet full of doggy clothes and haircuts that cost $500. Do you think that this is too much money to spend on a family pet?
Prompt 34: Do you think it is insulting to use the expressions runs like a girl, hits like a girl or throws like a girl? Why or why not?