Print and give to students or write a prompt on the board in any order you like. Can be used as a companion to the PPT also for sale- same order.
This PDF document includes 182 thought provoking student prompts about topics that students want to write about and discuss. Many compare and contrast prompts as well as prompts where students must make a choice. The prompts in the beginning help get to know your students and are very good ice breakers, the rest are higher level thinking prompts that should produce good written responses and discussion if you so choose. Could definitely work for middle school students as well.
Some Prompts Include:
Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal?
Should Cell Phones be Banned From School?
Compare and Contrast President Obama and President Washington.
Describe the Characteristics of a Good Leader.
Describe Any Part of Nature Using All Five Senses.