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32 Free & Fun 7th Grade Writing Prompts

Yes, we have some excellent and free 7th grade writing prompts and ideas for you and your students. Use these journal prompts for seventh graders to help your kids better understand their thoughts, clarify their emotions, and articulate their opinions in a healthy, constructive way. Take a look now and, above all, have fun and enjoy.

Free & Fun 7th Writing Prompts

Seventh grade…what a fun time full of changes, transition, and growth!

For many students, seventh grade is an incredibly significant transitional year. Your students are becoming teenagers for the first time and officially leaving childhood behind.

They are also beginning to think very seriously about where they’ll go to high school, who they’ll be friends with, and what kind of students they will be.

Why Use 7th Grade Writing Prompts and Journaling Ideas

As a teacher, one of the toughest challenges you’ll face is keeping your students focused during this time while also still equipping them with the tools they need to grow and develop into confident, responsible, young teens.

That’s why having your students keep a daily journal can be such a powerful tool.

Journaling encourages teens to slow down for a little bit and take some time to sort out the confusing emotions and thoughts inside their own heads.


In this set of 7th grade writing prompts, your 7th graders will tackle tough questions like what they truly love about themselves and what they’ve learned over the years.

They’ll also reflect on important topics like why they don’t always agree with their parents and the qualities that make someone a good teacher.

So get to it and use this awesome list of 7th grade wiring prompts with your students today. I think you’ll be glad you did.

7th Grade Writing Prompts & Ideas

  1. Do you enjoy public speaking? Why or why not?
  2. Which is more important—book smarts or people smarts? Why? Which do you have more of?
  3. Think of something you’re good at and write about how you could teach someone else to do the same thing.
  4. Write about a time when you changed someone else’s opinion on a topic. How did you do it?
  5. What is something your parents don’t understand about your life? Why do you think they have trouble relating with you on this issue?
  6. Write a short story about a fictional city where everyone has one surprising thing in common.
  7. Think of one major difference between your experience in school and your parents’ experience, and write about the differences.
  8. Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? Why or why not?
  9. What are you grateful for? Make a list of things that make you feel thankful and choose one to write about.
  10. What are the pros and cons of homework? Should teachers require students to do homework?
  11. What is your all-time favorite memory? What makes it so important to you?
  12. Choose an object that defines you—and write about why it suits your personality.
  13. Choose an object that defines your best friend—and write about why it suits their personality.
  14. As you’ve gotten older, what is one important thing you’ve learned that you could share with a younger student?
  15. Write a short story based on what happens after a popular tall tale or fairy tale has ended.
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up? What about this career appeals to you?
  17. What good qualities have you inherited from your parents?
    Journal Writing Prompts for 7th Grade Kids
  18. What bad qualities have you inherited from your parents?
  19. What is something that you’ve always wanted to know, but haven’t wanted to ask?
  20. What is your favorite part of the school day? What do you like about it?
  21. Write about a time when you successfully kept a New Year’s resolution—or write about why you don’t make resolutions.
  22. Are you a morning person or a night person? Why?
  23. Write a poem about a place you once visited and describe the place using all five senses.
  24. How does our city’s local government work to keep things running smoothly? Write about something the local government does that people usually take for granted.
  25. Write about the first time you realized your teachers have lives outside of school.
  26. If you could have any kind of summer job, what would you pick? Why?
  27. What qualities make someone a good teacher?
  28. What does it mean to gossip? Is gossiping inherently wrong, or are there some instances where it’s okay? Why?
  29. Do you think you would enjoy being famous? Why or why not?
  30. If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you choose? How long do you think it would take before you got tired of it?
  31. What is your favorite quality about yourself—and why?
  32. Write about a time when someone helped you get better at something you were struggling with. What was the most difficult part of the experience?

I hope you enjoyed this list of 7th grade writing prompts. Whether you use them with or without specific writing instructions or grammar rules, just be sure to encourage your writers to use lots of sensory details in their writing to bring it to life.

Bonus List of 7th Grade Writing Prompts & Ideas

Below are some simple ideas that nearly every writer can elaborate on without much effort if the list above wasn’t quite enough to inspire your writers. Plus, these writing ideas are an excellent tool to help get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.

  • Favorite hobby
  • Big city vs small town
  • The best prank you ever pulled (or were on the receiving end of)
  • Favorite characters
  • The best local attraction
  • Best smartphone and phone service
  • Favorite sport
  • How much is too much homework?
  • Which school rule do you agree with and why? (Or which rule do not agree with an why?)
  • If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
  • Favorite hero or heroine
  • Favorite vacation
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite photograph
  • Favorite fruit (apples, oranges, or more exotic ones such as jackfruit or passion fruit)

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A Few Closing Thoughts

From essay writing to journaling about their typical day, writing is a major part of junior high and middle school lessons. A daily writing practice will inspire young writers in so many ways, whether they are in public school or private school.

Junior high and/or middle school writing can be about school spirit and extracurricular activities, celebrity crushes, or siblings and other family members – it is impossible to run out of ideas to write about and young writers will love sharing their point of view. So use these 7th grade writing prompts with your students today.

Until next time, write on…

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