It’s an English teacher’s worst-kept secret: the more kids write, the better they get at writing. And whether your middle-schoolers love writing creatively or complain about writing even simple book reports, they should be writing something every single day if you want them to improve their skills.
To help you get your students writing regularly, we’ve created a special month-long series of writing prompts to use in your middle school classroom. This set of prompts includes material for 31 days, but individual prompts can easily be cut out or modified based on the length of the month you’re using it in and based on whether or not you wish to assign writing homework on the weekends.
- In Week 1, students will focus on and evaluate their current writing abilities and their overall study habits.
- In Week 2, students will set goals (and reflect on their progress) for the week, while also practicing general reflective and recap writing.
- In Week 3, students will write about their friends and family—as well as how they interact with the people in their lives.
- And in Week 4, students will think about their futures—and consider the potential paths that await them!
The series concludes with a few reflective prompts on what they’ve learned from journaling—so that by the end of the month, your students will truly understand the value of writing regularly. Enjoy and keep on writing!
- Do you enjoy writing? Why or why not?
- Write about three things you know to be true about yourself.
- What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?
- Do you feel like you are a good student? Why or why not?
- Write a detailed tutorial explaining how to do a particular task.
- Choose a topic and research it online. What was the most interesting thing you learned? The most surprising?
- What subject interests you the most? What subject would you be happy to never study again?
- Think of one thing you would like to accomplish this week. Write about what this goal means to you and what you must do to achieve it.
- What will you do when you go home from school today?
- Describe everything that has happened so far today, in detail.
- What part of today are you most looking forward to? Why?
- It’s Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?
- What was the best part of this week? Why?
- Think back to the goal you set earlier this week. Did you accomplish it? How do you feel? Describe what happened.
- Is there a person in your life who can always make you feel better? How does this person cheer you up?
- Who was your first friend? What did the two of you have in common?
- What is your favorite way to show someone that you care about them?
- What makes you feel special and loved?
- Are you good at communicating with people? Why or why not?
- Do you like to have a lot of attention on you? Why or why not?
- What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your parents? Why?
- Write about a time when you set a goal for yourself and then accomplished it.
- Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? Why or why not?
- When you think about your future, what do you see? Use as much detail as possible.
- What is a job that you would be good at, but that you wouldn’t enjoy? Explain why you are suited for this particular job and why you would dislike it.
- What type of education do you want to receive? Why?
- What jobs do your parents have? Do you think they enjoy them? Why or why not?
- How have your dreams and goals changed as you’ve gotten older? How do you expect them to change as you continue to age?
- What did you learn from keeping a journal all month?
- Read back through your previous entries and choose your favorite one. Then, write about why it was meaningful to you.
- What are the top three benefits of journaling? Explain why each one is important to you.
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