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middle school writing promptsGive your middle school students something intriguing to write about, whether they are reluctant, eager, or somewhere inbetween.

Free printables for how to create a paragraph, free tutorials on proofreading or in-text citations, current events, asking what they would read to a dog {and other important opinions}, story writing,  and much more—you’ll find it all here.

Looking for engaging prompts for your teens? You’ll find those here. >>

Interested in writing prompts for the whole family? Could you use an assortment of prompts bundled together for certain topics or for varying grade levels? Free tutorials and printables included. Find them all here. >>

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Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts | Comments Off on Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

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We like to think we’re fairly intelligent today, but did you know that the ancient Greeks and Romans harnessed the power of steam and wind 2,000 years ago?

Your students will enjoy these three prompts based on history and technology as they contemplate Hero of Alexandria, an ancient Thomas Edison, and how his inventions might have changed the world.

Random fact: Did you know that Hero invented the first vending machine? Patrons put in a coin and received holy water from his machine!

This week we’ve included plenty of links so your students can dig more deeply into these topics, if they wish.

Geared for middle – high school students.

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Basketball: Is it March? Then there’s Madness!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Basketball: Is it March? Then there’s Madness!

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Looking for basketball-related writing prompts? Whether your students are sports enthusiasts or not, you’ve come to the right place!

Have you ever seen tournament brackets like the one in #1? Free printable included!

Fun for students in 5th – 12th grade. Dig in!

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Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

Give the Gift of Yourself This Christmas

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Do you wish you could communicate better with the special people in your life? Sometimes it’s hard to talk or to come up with something brilliant to say. Other times you may have trouble connecting with family members.

At this time of year, you may be wondering what to give that special family member or friend, but did you know that once in a while, they don’t want a new item. What they really would value is something personal from you.

Use these prompts to jot down your thoughts and ideas and then share them with others. This is your gift to them: you!

Each prompt comes with a free, colorful page you can print out and write on. Collect them all and begin a journal, if you wish. If you plan to give them as gifts, you can give certain pages as presents or gather all the pages into one gift.

These prompts are suitable for people in grades 5 – 12.

Ready? Let’s do this . . . (more…)

5 Prompts on the Reformation

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on 5 Prompts on the Reformation

5 Prompts on the Reformation

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To say that the Protestant Reformation had a great effect on the world is a vast understatement. Kings, kingdoms, and even everyday people felt the sting—and the freedom—this new movement brought.

Your students will be writing opinions, stories, and more while exploring some of the issues and topics associated with the Reformation.

If you’d like your students to learn more about Martin Luther in an interesting biography, check out When Lightning Struck by Danika Cooley of Thinking Kids Press.reformation-when-lightning-struck

These prompts are appropriate for students in 5th – 12th grade.

Let’s dig in . . .

 

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Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in HS Exposition, MS Exposition, Sharon's Blog, Writing/Teaching Tips | Comments Off on Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

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Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods

Have your students ever been asked to write a compare-and-contrast paragraph or essay but don’t know where to begin? Do they have trouble organizing their thoughts and information before comparing and contrasting?

Your 5th – 12th graders will learn two solid methods for compare-and-contrast writing with this free tutorial. It’s packed with two separate exercises, one for each method,  and contains  complete instructions and colorful worksheets. Your students will learn how to organize their thoughts before writing with either method, and then they’ll write two paragraphs using each method.

Students already know how to compare and contrast in real life: They do it every time they want to buy something and are torn between two choices. They go through the process mentally, and it’s likely automatic and subconscious. (more…)

How to Fall Asleep. No, Really.

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Middle School Prompts, MS Exposition | Comments Off on How to Fall Asleep. No, Really.

How to Fall Asleep. No, Really.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

You might think this writing prompt is super boring, but hold on. It’s about to get really gross.

You can’t get to sleep, so you drink some warm milk. Or maybe you count sheep. No? What about read a boring book or listen to music until you fall into unconsciousness?

According to mental_floss magazine (August 2014), some people at the end of the 1800s believed so strongly in (more…)

5 Prompts on Quotations

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Middle School Prompts | Comments Off on 5 Prompts on Quotations

5 Prompts on Quotations

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

Enjoy this variety of writing prompts drawn from quotations by famous characters and people!

 

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1. Star Wars

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

That quote is from the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Have you ever looked at something and been confused or tricked by what you saw? When have your eyes deceived you? Write your story. (more…)