As seventh graders get ready to transition into their turbulent teenage years, it’s incredibly important for teachers to do everything they can to keep their students focused and grounded. Seventh grade is a very stressful year for many students—they may feel a newfound sense of maturity and pride, but they also will likely feel the burdens of new expectations and greater responsibilities.
One of the best ways to help your 7th graders through this challenging transitional period is to show them how writing can serve as a safe outlet for all of their feelings and ideas.
When students journal, they have the freedom to fully explore their thoughts without interruptions or the fear of judgment from others. Best of all, they also frequently come to understand themselves, their actions, and their emotions even better when they can trace their journey back on the page.
If you’re looking for a new way to help your students explore and express themselves through the power of writing, use these brand new 7th-grade writing prompts to get them started!
7th-grade Writing Prompts and Ideas
- Write about a person you admire. How can you emulate him or her?
- What is your greatest belief? Write about why you feel so strongly about it.
- Write a poem about growing older.
- Write about a time when you got caught doing something you shouldn’t have been doing.
- Write about the last time you sat down and had a conversation with one of your grandparents. When was it? What did you talk about?
- Write about a time when you could tell you had let someone down. How did you feel?
- Have you ever felt like you had to do something because a friend asked you to? Write about your experience.
- What is the best way to spend time with a friend? Why?
- How frequently do you give time or money to charity? Who do you contribute to, and why?
- Write about how technology has changed the way students learn today.
- Write about a way that you act differently at home than at school.
- Spend five minutes looking around the classroom. Did you see anything you’d never noticed before? Did you see anything familiar in a new light?
- If you had the opportunity to be home-schooled for high school, would you take it? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to have school spirit? How can you show your school spirit?
- Write a funny short story about a 7th-grader whose eager attitude gets him or her into trouble.
- Have you ever lost a friend? What happened? How did it make you feel?
- If you had to choose three books to take to a desert island, which would you pick and why?
- Why is it important for students to be involved in extracurricular activities?
- Write about a time when being “polite” kept you from saying something you wanted to say. How did that make you feel?
- Write a review about the most recent movie or TV show you loved—and try to convince other people to see it.
- Write a review about the most recent movie or TV show you hated—and try to convince other people not to see it.
- What is your favorite quality about yourself? Why?
- What is your least favorite quality about yourself? How can you try to improve it?
- If you found $500 on the ground, what would you do with it? What if you couldn’t find the owner?
- Write a poem about the way you feel when you sit down to take a test.
- Write about a time when you mistakenly judged someone by his or her appearance. What did you learn?
- Why is space exploration so important in today’s world?
- Write about something you wish you could do more often. What stops you from doing this thing frequently? Is there anything you can do to change that?
- If you could travel back in time and change any one thing about your past, would you? If so, what would you change and why? If not, why wouldn’t you?
- How do you define success?
Until next time, write on…
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