When students finally reach eighth grade, they’re ready and eager to move on to the next big challenge that lies ahead: high school. That makes your job as an eighth grade teacher especially tough! You have to strike the right balance between encouraging them to look ahead and reminding them that they also need to focus on their work this year so that they’re fully prepared to graduate in just a few short months.
There are tons of great activities and tools you can use to make sure your eighth grade students are prepared for high school—but one of the absolute best options is to have them start writing a daily journal. Writing is one of the most powerful modes of self-expression, and it is also an incredibly effective way to help your students sort out all of their thoughts and feelings. Best of all, journaling also doubles as extra critical thinking practice and gives your students an additional opportunity to practice their writing skills!
Use these brand new 8th grade writing prompts to help your students prepare for the coming year and stay focused on all the challenges that lie ahead. As students write about topics like what it means to be a part of a community and the hardest parts of getting older, they’ll become more confident in who they are and where they’re heading next—and they’ll be ready to tackle whatever new hurdles come their way.
8th Grade Writing Prompts
- What are you most proud of accomplishing? How do you feel when you reflect on it?
- Write about a time when your best friend surprised you.
- What qualities make someone a good listener? Why? Are you a good listener?
- How do you feel about graduating this year? What part are you most excited for?
- Why is it important to celebrate accomplishments like graduation?
- Write about something that comes easily to you. What makes you so good at this particular thing?
- Write about something that you find challenging. Why is it hard? What could you do to improve?
- What was your most embarrassing moment? Why?
- Write about a time when you felt successful. What did you do? How did you feel afterward?
- What does it mean to be a part of a community?
- How will you choose which high school you’re going to? Do you get to decide, or will your parents decide?
- Do you crave adventure or attention? Why or why not?
- If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
- Write about a person or activity that makes you feel inspired.
- If you had to create a resume about your qualities as a friend, what would it include? Would you deserve to get the job?
- How frequently do you take photos? What do you like to take photos of? Do you share them with other people?
- Are you looking forward to advancements in artificial intelligence? Or has technology already advanced too far?
- Is it better to be a fast learner or to be naturally gifted at something? Why?
- Write a poem about graduation.
- If you could cure any single disease, which one would you cure—and why?
- Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Why?
- Who is your favorite actor or actress? What do you like about him or her?
- What does it mean to be emotionally intelligent?
- What is the best way for schools to prevent bullying?
- Do your parents allow you to have or use a cell phone? Why or why not?
- What is the best thing about getting older? Why?
- What is the hardest thing about getting older? Why?
- Write a short story about what life would be like if you lived in a different country.
- Do you consider yourself to be a good test-taker? Why or why not?
- Do CEOs of big corporations deserve to make as much money as they do? Why or why not?
Until next time, write on…