The first day of school is approaching, and as a teacher, your schedule is likely already filling up with organizational and instructional prep work. However, despite all of your efforts, you may find that some students may emerge slowly from their summer hazes.
Before your middle school or high school students start their assigned reading, get them engaged with these back-to-school writing prompts. Fill up some class time with a few warm-up writing prompts below, or send students home with a larger assignment to get them back into the swing of things!
First Day of School Writing Prompts: Middle School Students
Classroom Prompt Assignments
- Stream of consciousness is when a character lets their thoughts continuously flow. Write a stream of consciousness story of your own and see where your thoughts take you.
- For the new school year, what new skill would you choose to learn if you had the time, money, and ability? Why?
- Write a critique of a book, movie, or show you recently read or watched. What were its strong points? What were its weak ones?
- Describe the reigning emotions you felt this summer. Why did you feel that way, and how do you think these emotions might change as the school year progresses?
- Choose a place you traveled to this summer, either locally or far away, and write a blog post about that location. Should other people visit as well? It could be a restaurant, a town, a shop, or a favorite spot to hang out.
- If there is a club, sport, class, or event you are excited about this year, write what you already know about it. Follow up with some expectations that you have for the experience and yourself.
- A flashbulb memory is a very detailed memory that you have from when you were young. Do you have any memories like that, and if so, what are they about? Are there any events that have happened recently that you think you will remember for a long time?
- Do you have any traditions? If not, which one would you want to start this year?
- Describe the most memorable school project that you’ve ever done. Would you like to do a similar project this year, and if so, how can it be adapted to what you’re learning now?
- If you could create a themed book display for your school library, what would it be? Which titles would it include, and why?
Take-Home Writing Assignments
- Write a letter to your younger self, and then another to your older self.
- One important rule of creative writing is to “Show Don’t Tell.” Write a 1,500-word short story in your favorite genre, following this rule.
- Write a local wildlife guide to your backyard, neighborhood, local park,
or even the school itself. What flora and fauna exist there?
- Write a 1,000-word essay about an aspect of your summer that focuses on the five senses—Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, and Touch.
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