Writing is one of those subjects (along with math) that seem to be a thorn in a homeschoolers side. While younger kids may get excited over little writing prompts and pages with a place to draw a picture and write something about it, middle school students may not be so enthused.
Writing Prompts for Middle School
To help keep middle school students from moaning and groaning, try giving them some writing prompts that might be a of a little more interest to them. Finding something that speaks to their interests helps, as well as finding topics that are more relevant to their place in time and age.
- Character vs. Character - Pick two characters from different books you’ve read this year and have them get in an argument about something (e.g., who has suffered more, who has had a happier life, whose parents are more of a pain, whose super power is better, etc.).
- Find an image to write about. It can be from a book, magazine, etc. Print out a copy of it, attach it to the paper and write something. Tell why you like it, or what it means to you, or create a story around the images in the photo.
- Write about a vacation. Tell us about a vacation your family went it. It can be a good or bad memory.
- Can honesty be bad? Write about someone, real or created, who finds themselves in trouble for being too honest.
- Write about your name. Why you were given it? Are there any associations or stories attached to it? Look up what it means if you don’t already know. Do you think it describes you? Why or why not? What name would you give yourself other than the one you actually have and why?
- How does your character respond? According to Maya Angelou you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Write a story in which a character has to deal with any one, all, or combination of these situations.
- Rather be doing. Write about 3 things you would rather be doing other than writing. They can be real things or made up. So choose to either write wholly in fiction, or wholly in fact.