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Awesome 6th Grade Writing Prompts (Updated!)

33 6th Grade Writing Prompts + 17 NEW Bonus Ideas for Middle Schoolers— You can use these wonderful writing prompts for 6th graders to help your students grow and prepare for the challenges they’ll face in the coming years—and to give them a great foundation from which to start.

6th Grade Writing Prompts

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Without a doubt, writing and journaling are some of the best tools to guide students through this time of exciting changes and new responsibilities. 


What Should a 6th Grader Write about (and Why)

Sixth grade is a big year and as your students enter middle school for the first time and begin looking toward high school, it’s more important than ever before to introduce them to activities that build their writing skills and promote healthy reflection and self-expression.

These powerful 6th grade writing prompts are designed to help students think critically about some of the most important issues they face in today’s world. 

With questions on topics like bullying and Internet usage, your students will have the chance to reflect on what it means to be a teenager today and how popular culture influences their lives. 

Additionally, each time students write and reflect, they’ll also become more comfortable expressing their own unique ideas and thoughts—and they’ll experience greater self-esteem as a result.

Ok. Let’s get to that wonderful list of 6th grade writing prompts. Enjoy!

33 Fabulous 6th Grade Writing Prompts

  1. What value is most important to your family?  How do you display it in your everyday life?
  2. What is your greatest talent?  How did you discover it?
  3. Do you think you could go for one month without using the Internet?  Why or why not?  What would be the hardest part?
  4. In your opinion, is it important for people to study history?  Why or why not?
  5. Write a letter to your future self.
  6. Have you ever encountered a bully?  What did you say to him or her?
  7. What chores are you responsible for at home?  Do you like doing them?
  8. Why is it important for kids to have chores and responsibilities at home?
  9. What is the best field trip you’ve ever gone on?  What made it so special?
  10. If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you choose to go without and why?
  11. Write a short story about a teenager who discovers he or she has a secret superpower.
  12. Write a poem that describes your neighborhood.
  13. What is your greatest talent?  Where did you learn it?
  14. Write about a time when you gave something of yours to someone else.  How did they respond?  How did that make you feel?
  15. Do you keep a diary or journal at home?  Why or why not?  How does it differ from your school journal?
  16. Do your parents supervise your Internet usage?  Why or why not?
  17. What is your favorite thing to snack on?  Why is it your favorite snack?
  18. Have you ever made friends with someone unexpectedly?  Write about your experience.
  19. Are you a competitive person?  Why or why not?
  20. Write a short story about your favorite fictional character.
  21. What would it be like to live in the White House?  Use your imagination to write a short story.
  22. If you could create your own country, what would it be called?  What laws would you put in place?
  23. Write about a time when you learned something by trying to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  24. What is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you?  Write about your experience.
  25. Write about your favorite memory from your childhood.
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  26. What animal do you think best represents your personality?  Why?
  27. What is one thing that our school does really well?
  28. What is one area our school could improve in?
  29. Have you ever collected something?  If so, what did you collect and why?  If not, what would you like to collect?
  30. Write a poem about your grandparents.
  31. Do you enjoy meeting new people?  Why or why not?
  32. What is the most challenging thing you have to do on a regular basis?  What makes it so hard?
  33. Write a letter introducing yourself to your favorite fictional character.  Tell him or her about yourself and describe a few things you have in common.

I hope you enjoyed these writing prompts for 6th grade students.

17 Bonus Prompts List of Writing Prompts for 6th Grade

If your young writers need even more inspiration, check out these bonus ideas:

  1. Create your own planet and describe in detail what life is like living on it.
  2. What if cell phones had never been invented… how would your life be different?
  3. What does your best day ever look like? Describe it in vivid detail and with loads of sensory details.
  4. Write a story about a world without pizza.
  5. Who is the one famous person you hope to meet in your lifetime and why?
  6. What historical figure would you like to meet and why?
  7. Create a new holiday and explain in detail the purpose of the holiday, how it’s celebrated and what makes it so unique.
  8. What is the most surprising thing about you that others do not know, and why do they not know about it?
  9. What discovery do you think has changed the world the most in your lifetime?
  10. What is your dream career and why?
  11. What is your favorite book and why?
  12. Is creativity an important skill to have in today’s world? Why or why not? 
  13. What is your perspective on the climate of the earth and how it’s changing?
  14. What special gift would you love to receive? Write in vivid detail to someone you are trying to convince to get this gift for you. 
  15. Create your own video game and how you can market it to others to get them to buy it.
  16. What interesting story have you told lately?
  17. If you could make a movie, what would it be about?

That’s all the ideas for this post.

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