Writing Prompts! Narrative, Expository, and Argumentative prompts that are perfect for middle school!
I gave these prompts to my 8th graders throughout the year and I received some amazing essays in return!
The prompts I have created already provide a setting or hint at a conflict for the writer. I find that students struggle to find a topic when given total freedom, so I provide this list of prompts for the students to choose from. I allow them to manipulate the prompt to fit their needs and I have always been astounded by their creativity! These prompts are great to use after lessons on sensory imagery and figurative language.
These prompts are great for a research project! I provided my students with the prompts accompanied by a lesson on reliable research. These are popular and current topics so the internet has many reliable resources for my students! You may also find informational texts to accompany some of these prompts if your students don’t have the resources to do online research. My students were very intrigued by their findings!
Many of my argumentative prompts are similar to the expository prompts, but I did this for a reason! After my students’ research project, they were experts on their topics, so an argumentative essay with an accompanying presentation was a great way to show their peers what they learned…and more importantly how they felt about their topic. These are topics that students are going to feel strongly about…and we know that middle schoolers love to give their opinion…wanted or not!
Common Core Standards:
ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.6.4,W.6.6, W.6.7, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.7.4 W7.6,W.7.7, W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.3, W.8.4,W.8.6, W.8.7, W.9.1, W.9.2, W.9.3, W.9.4, W.9.6, W.9.7.