Students of all ages can benefit from writing daily journals—but journaling is an especially beneficial activity for young teens in 8th grade who are preparing to graduate middle school and enter high school. Eighth grade is a confusing and stressful time for many teens, and regular writing and reflecting can help your students better understand their thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
In these brand new journal prompts for eighth graders, students will consider topics like the greatest challenges facing teens today, the most important lessons they’ve ever learned, and what it means to be an adult. They’ll reflect on the merits of class participation and think about how often they experience diversity and different opinions in their own classrooms. As students write, they’ll naturally come around to new ideas and ways of seeing the world—and they’ll feel more prepared for all the new experiences awaiting them in high school.
Use these new writing prompts for 8th graders to help your class reflect on all that they’ve experienced so far—and to help them prepare for everything that lies ahead!
Eight Grade Writing Prompts
- Choose a quote that you especially like and write about what it means to you.
- Do you think class participation is important? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when someone helped you see a new way of looking at an issue. What happened?
- What does it mean to have empathy? Do you consider yourself to be an empathetic person?
- What is your favorite place in the entire world? How do you feel when you are there?
- If you could choose any person to give a presentation at our school, who would you choose? Why?
- What is the greatest gift you’ve ever received? Why was it so special?
- Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when you felt like your parents really trusted you. How did that make you feel?
- What does it mean to be an adult?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
- Write a comedic short story about a school fundraiser gone horribly awry.
- How do you define bravery? Write about someone who exemplifies bravery to you.
- What part of high school are you most excited about? Why?
- What part of middle school will you miss the most? Why?
- Where do you go when you want to be alone? How do you feel when you are by yourself?
- Write a poem that describes the feeling you get when you step outside for the first time each day.
- What is the greatest challenge facing teens today? How can you and your friends approach it?
- Do you think that we are living in the “future” today? Why or why not?
- What qualities make someone good at arguing? Which of those qualities do you have?
- What is the greatest difference between public and private schools?
- Do you feel like you experience diversity regularly? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when you did something someone appreciated. How did you feel afterward?
- Write about a time when you disappointed someone. How did you feel afterward?
- Do you like working on group projects? Why or why not?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to stay? Why?
- What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
- What does it mean to “fight fair”?
- Would you ever want to attend a single-sex school? Why or why not?
- At what age should kids be allowed to make their own decisions? Why?
- What future age are you most looking forward to? What will be most exciting about hitting that particular milestone?
Until next time, write on…