No matter where your education takes you in the future, writing is arguably the most important skill you’ll ever use.
The prompts below contain a variety of writing styles so you can work on things you need to improve, but also choose the style you like best.
Have fun and express yourself!
Using This Guide
Our writing guides are written for you to use however you’d like.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas to help you pick a prompt:
- Challenge yourself to use one prompt every day for a week (or even a month!)
- Use a random number generator to pick a number between 1 and 77
- Count the number of letters in your full name. Use that number to pick your prompt.
The Writing Prompts
- What are you most looking forward to in 8th grade? Why?
- If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? What would you talk about?
- Write a detailed review of the last book that you read.
- How is the way you act at school different from the way you act at home?
- Write about a time when you gave in to peer pressure.
- Write a poem, essay, or short story using the following words: diversity, acknowledge, necessity, aspire
- Explain the importance of extracurricular activities.
- Write a story about a locker that leads to a magical world.
- Write a poem about growing up.
- Write a persuasive essay encouraging your peers to recycle.
- Explain your favorite sport or hobby in detail.
- How do you define feminism? Why is feminism so important today?
- Write about a time when trying to help someone backfired on you.
- If you could live inside any video game, which game would it be? Why?
- Do you feel that society has become too reliant on technology? Explain.
- Write an essay about the importance of mental health.
- Tell the detailed story about how you met your best friend.
- Write a story about a 7th grader whose determination to be the best gets them into trouble.
- Pick an athlete and write 5-7 paragraphs about their accomplishments. Explain why you admire them.
- How has the internet changed the way we live?
- How can your school or community be more accessible to those with special needs?
- Write a short story about a classmate whose dog literally ate their homework.
- Would you rather live in a big city or small town? Why?
- Compare and contrast being a teenager in 1922 and today.
- Pick a prominent woman in history. Write about her accomplishments and what you admire about her.
- Write about your day from your teacher’s perspective.
- Write a letter to someone in your family that you admire.
- How are you and your best friend alike? How are you different?
- Write about a time when you felt anxious. What did you do to resolve your anxiety?
- How would you handle someone cutting in front of you in a very long line?
- Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the ability to read minds? Explain.
- Would you rather spend a week at the beach or a week in the mountains? Why?
- What is something that you used to enjoy that you now feel is embarrassing? Why do you think you feel that way?
- Have you ever held an important leadership role? What did you do? How did it make you feel?
- What is one lesson you’ve learned from someone unexpected?
- You wake up in the morning and find yourself on a deserted island. What do you do next?
- Do you prefer Marvel or DC? Explain.
- Explain the importance of protesting.
- Write a poem, story, or essay using the following words: potential, authentic, legacy, hilarious
- Write a story about your favorite book character, set in the world of your favorite movie.
- Think of a school rule that is outdated. Write a letter convincing your principal to make the change.
- How does advertising have a negative impact on society? Explain your answer.
- Pretend you are a superhero. What is your superpower? How do you help others?
- If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be? How would you change it?
- What can schools do to make sure that graduates are ready to join society?
- Have you ever witnessed or been a victim of racism? How did it make you feel?
- Compare and contrast the pros and cons of virtual learning versus in-person classes.
- Write a detailed nonsensical reason why the sky is blue.
- Do you think that there are some beliefs worth dying for?
- What do you want to be when you are older? Explain in detail.
- What genre of music is the best? Why?
- Compare and contrast the pros and cons of teens using social media.
- Write your speech convincing your peers to vote for you for student body president.
- Describe a time when you set a goal and followed through.
- What makes your hometown special? Explain in detail.
- Is it better to be famous or respected? Why?
- Describe the last sporting event or concert you attended.
- What is it like to be a 7th grader? What are some things you like and dislike?
- Do you think the voting age should be lowered? Explain.
- Why was Barack Obama essential to the future of our country?
- Which of your senses do you think is most important? Why?
- Research Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Write an essay about her accomplishments.
- Describe in detail the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen.
- Do you have a special talent? Describe it.
- Which natural disaster do you fear most? Why?
- Describe a time when you felt vulnerable.
- Would you rather be able to fly or to breathe under water? Why?
- Does your school do enough to prevent bullying? How could they improve?
- How can we learn positive lessons from disappointments?
- What are some alternative products you could use to decrease your carbon footprint?
- How are you different as a 7th grader from when you were seven years old? Use examples.
- Which national park would you most like to visit? Why?
- Would you rather time travel to the future or the past? Why?
- What is the most important thing you learned in 7th grade?
- What is the best ice cream flavor? Why?
- What could your school and community do to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA+ individuals?
- Write about the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you.
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