Middle school is the first time students are in a large building and for five to six years it is the first time that they meet a whole new group of students. One of the biggest things in a middle schoolers life is getting their very own locker. This ranks up their with learning to drive an automobile, as far as importance in their lives. This is also the first time that students get a mix of different teachers. Middle school students love to collaborate, for the most part. It is the first time where their social sides are starting to come out of their shell. One way to embrace this as a teacher is to allow students to write in collaboration. I feel that forced collaboration puts some students in bad situation in certain classes, so this may be something you should explore further. In most cases collaboration is great at the middle school level. The writing prompts we have below try to capturing the thoughts and imaginations of this time in their lives.
These writing prompts are designed motivate students to write well thought out creative pieces. They include a few pieces that ask you to chart show exotic travel. We also explore the concept of greed and moral dilemmas. The pieces that your students will create will lead to some passionate discussions. You should plan to build some time in for that. The printable pages found below will get students thinking of an idea to a short burst of writing. In many cases students can take their ideas and just run with it.