Preteens and teenagers have a lot to say, but they don’t always know just how to express their emotions or say what’s on their mind.
By implementing narrative writing into your curriculum, you give your students an outlet to experiment with in a safe and structured environment.
Below, you will find a list of narrative writing prompts to help your 7th graders let out some of their thoughts and get them writing about something that matters to them.
Using This Guide
You can use this guide to help students come out of their shell, or keep it handy for when they have some down time in between activities.
Consider challenging your students to write using one prompt a day for an entire school week, and express to them the importance of thinking deeply about the things they think, feel, and remember.
The Writing Prompts
- Write about a time when you felt proud of yourself.
- Tell the story of how you met your best friend.
- Write about a time when you felt left out of a group.
- Do you consider yourself to be a good ally? Explain.
- When was the last time you felt afraid? Write about what happened.
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
- What is the thing you like most about yourself? What are some things you could do to improve this quality?
- Talk about a time when you felt misunderstood by an adult or authority figure.
- Explain what it means to be a good friend.
- What do you think is your worst habit? What steps could you take to break this habit?
- Write about a time when you realized you let someone down. How did you feel? How do you think they felt?
- If you could be a part of any fictional family, which would you choose? Why?
- What is your favorite way to spend time with your friends? Why?
- Write the step-by-step process of preparing your favorite food.
- Write about the last time you felt an adrenaline rush.
- Do you think social media is good or bad for teenagers? Explain your answer.
- What does school spirit mean to you? What are some ways you could show more school spirit?
- Write about a time when you felt publicly embarrassed. How was the situation resolved?
- What do you think it means to be successful in life? Use examples.
- Write about a time when you got in trouble for something that you didn’t do.
- Describe the funniest thing you’ve ever seen.
- Why is it important to keep trying even when something seems too hard?
- How do you normally spend New Year’s Eve?
- How is middle school different from elementary school? How are they the same?
- Write about the last time you apologized to someone. How did you both feel after?
- Have you ever been a victim of racial profiling? How did it make you feel?
- Talk about the last gift you received. Who was it from? Did you like it?
- Have you ever felt like someone invaded your privacy? Write about what happened.
- Is there a teacher who has made an impact on your education? What makes them special?
- Have you ever visited another country? What was it like? If you haven’t, where would you like to visit? Why?
- What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and discovered you were invisible?
- What is your favorite holiday? What makes it special?
- If you found $200 on the ground, what would you do with it? Explain your answer.
- Think of an important family photo. Write the story behind it.
- If your best friend were a season, which would they be? Why?
- How do you define failure? What are some steps you could take to ensure you succeed instead of failing?
- Describe your idea of the perfect snow day.
- Write about the last time you had a misunderstanding with someone. How was it resolved?
- If you could make one new rule for your school, what would it be? Why?
- Is there anything specific that makes you feel anxious? How do you face this thing?
- If you could get rid of one school rule, what would it be? Why?
- Do you think it’s more important to explore space or to explore the oceans? Explain your answer.
- Has anyone ever spoken over you or cut you off while you were saying something important? How did it make you feel?
- Have you ever performed on stage? Write about your experience.
- What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
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