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Interesting Essay Writing Prompts

Writing an essay can be a daunting task for both teachers and students in terms of creating and crafting a high quality essay,  and finally editing and grading them.

It seems though we may have overlooked one of the toughest steps in writing an essay and that is actually selecting an appropriate and interesting topic for your students.

Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics that might just make that process a little easier.  Enjoy.  And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.

If you are still struggling with the essay writing process and need further guidance be sure to check out our definitive guide to writing a great essay. 

  1. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment.  Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.
  2. Imaginethat your teacher wants to teach a new subject for the next few weeks.  Your teacher will take suggestions, and then let the students vote on the new subject. What subject should your class choose? Write an essay to support your choice and to persuade the other students to vote for your choice.
  3. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
  4.  Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
  5. Since the invention of nuclear weapons we have had a long period of GLOBAL peace and stability.  Are nuclear weapons global peacemakers or killing devices?
  6. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
  7. Is the death penalty effective?
  8. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?
  9. What age is appropriate for dating?
  10. Pretend you woke up one day and there were no rules. People could suddenly do whatever they wanted! Explain what the world would be like. Use your    imagination!
  11. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?
  12. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools?
  13. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations?
  14. Should money be spent on space exploration?
  15. Is fashion important?
  16. Are we too dependent on computers?
  17. Ifyou had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional    or nonfictional — to a place that is special to you (your hometown or    country, a favourite location, etc.), who would you bring and why? Tell us    what you would share with that person
  18. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?
  19. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  20. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
  21. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows.  Do you agree?
  22. Many parents give their children certain chores or tasks to do at home. Should    children have to do chores or tasks at home? Be sure to explain why you    think it is a good idea or a bad idea. Include examples to support your    reasons.
  23. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
  24. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
  25. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?

Fun Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers— Middle school writing skills are essential to building a solid educational foundation in children. To help reinforce the habit of regular writing it is essential to show kids that writing in school can be fun. Journaling is one way to do so. Journal writing is a fabulous way to reinforce your child’s middle school writing practice because it is creative, versatile and easy to implement into lesson plans. 

There is much evidence to support the fact that journal writing will help children to develop their skills of explanation, to improve their writing, and to solve problems in interesting ways.  As your kids write, they’ll learn things about themselves they never knew before, and they just might even become fascinated by the way the words and ideas come together on paper.

 31 Fun Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

1. Create your own holiday.  What would you celebrate?  How could you get others to join in the fun?

2. Would you rather hang out by yourself after school or with friends?

3. If you could end any one problem in the world, what would it be?  Why?

4. What does it feel like to be wrong?

5. Write about three values that are important to your family.

6. Could you ever be a vegetarian?  Why or why not?

7. If someone wrote a book about you, what would it be about?

8. What does it mean to be a feminist?

9. Write a poem about your favorite activity or hobby.

10. Write about the best vacation you ever took.

11. Write about a time when someone helped you.  How did you feel afterward?

12. Do you prefer to read books that are parts of series or standalone books?  Why?

13. Would you rather jump out of a plane or go scuba diving?  Why?

14. Write a poem about love—what does it mean?

15. What is your favorite TV show?  What do you like about it?

16. How would your best friend describe you?

17. What is your favorite way to be creative?

18. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea?  Why do you think that is?

19. Why do we give respect to senior citizens and people who are our elders?

20. Write a poem about your classroom.

21. Would you rather paint or sculpt?  Why?

22. How would you like to help in our community?

23. If you could throw a party for all your friends, what would it be like?  Where would you hold it?  What would you do?  Who would come?

24. What is your favorite thing to do at recess on a nice day?

25. Write about the most important thing in your life.
26. Write a poem about spring flowers.

27. If you could live inside any video game, which would you choose?  Why?

28. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

29. Write about a goal you accomplished recently.  How did you feel when you finished it?

30. Write about a rule at school or at home that you don’t like.  How would you replace it?

31. Write about something your parents always tell you.

We hope you enjoyed this list of fun writing prompts for middle school students. Until next time, write on…

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