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77 Writing Prompts for 7th Grade

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!

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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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7th grade writing assessment prompts

By seventh grade, students should be refining the core writing skills of brainstorming , researching, outlining, drafting, and revising. In order to hone these skills, seventh-grade students need regular practice writing a variety of essay styles, including narrative, persuasive, expository , and creative essays. The following essay prompts offer age-appropriate starting points to help seventh graders flex their writing muscles.

Narrative Essay Writing Prompts

Narrative essays share a personal experience to tell a story, usually to make a point rather than merely to entertain. These narrative essay prompts encourage students to describe and reflect on a story that's meaningful to them.

  • Embarrassing Pasts - As people get older, they are sometimes embarrassed by things they used to like, such as toys, television shows, or nicknames. Describe something that you used to enjoy that you now find embarrassing. Why is it embarrassing now?
  • Bonds of Hardship - Sometimes difficulties draw families closer. Describe something that your family endured together that strengthened your relationships.
  • There’s No Place Like Home - What makes your hometown special? Explain this special quality.
  • New Kid in Town - Being new to a town or school can be challenging because you don’t know anyone, or exciting because no one knows you and your past. Describe a time when you were the new kid.
  • Finders Keepers -  Write about a time when you lost (or found) something of value. How did that experience affect your opinion of the saying, “Finders keepers; losers weepers?"
  • Follow the Leader -  Describe a time when you were in a leadership role. How did it make you feel? What did you learn from the experience?
  • April Fools -  Write about the best prank you’ve ever played on someone (or had played on you). What made it so clever or funny?
  • Bon Appetit - Special meals can be powerful memory-makers. Write about a specific meal that stands out in your memory. What made it so unforgettable?
  • Bon Voyage - Family trips and vacations also create lasting memories. Write an essay detailing your favorite family vacation memory.
  • Batter Up -  Write about a valuable lesson that you learned while playing your favorite sport.
  • Best Friends Forever -  Describe your friendship with your BFF and what makes it so important to you.
  • The Real Me -  What is one thing you wish your parents, teachers, or coaches really understood or knew about you?
  • TV -  Explain what makes your favorite television show so enjoyable or relatable to you.

Persuasive Essay Writing Prompts

Persuasive essays use facts and reasoning to convince the reader to embrace the writer’s opinion or take a course of action. These essay prompts empower seventh graders to write persuasively about an issue they genuinely care about. 

  • Outdated Laws - What is one law or family or school rule that you think needs to be changed? Convince lawmakers, your parents, or school leaders to make the change.
  • Bad Ads - Advertising can have a powerful impact on consumers. What is a product that you’ve seen advertised that you don’t think should be? Explain why the media should quit showing these ads.
  • Puppy Love - You want a pet, but your parents don’t think you need one. What would you say to change their minds?
  • Lights, Camera - What is your favorite book of all time? Write an essay convincing a producer to make a movie about it.
  • Snooze Button - Studies have shown that tweens and teens need more sleep. Write a proposal for a later school start time.
  • Body Shop - Magazines can negatively impact their readers’ body image by using edited images of models. Convince a teen magazine publisher that they should not use heavily-edited model images in their publication.
  • It Can’t Be Over - The network is canceling your favorite television show. Write a paper convincing the station that they’re making a mistake.
  • Curfews -  Some malls have policies forbidding kids under 18 to be at the mall without adult supervision during certain times. Do you think this is fair or unfair? Defend your position.
  • Team Spirit - Should homeschooled students be allowed to play sports on public or private school teams? Why or why not?
  • Smartphones - All of your friends have the latest smartphone, but you only have a “dumb phone.” Should your parents upgrade your phone, or are smartphones for middle school kids a bad idea?
  • Bullies - Some dogs, such as pit bulls or Dobermans, are labeled “bully breeds.” Is this label deserved or undeserved?
  • Money Can’t Buy You Love - People say that money can’t buy happiness, but some studies have shown that people with higher incomes may be happier . Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
  • Ratings -  There are age restrictions on movies and video games, ratings on television shows, and warning labels on music. Computers and smartphones offer parental controls. Do adults have too much control over what kids watch and listen to or do these restrictions serve a valuable purpose?

Expository Essay Writing Prompts

Expository essays describe a process or provide factual information. These prompts can serve as jumping-off points for the explanatory process. 

  • School’s in Session - Would you rather attend public school, private school, or be homeschooled. Explain the benefits of your choice.
  • Admiration -  Who do you admire from your life or history? Write an essay describing how their character or contributions to their community have earned your respect.
  • Global Community -  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Write about your dream hometown and why you want to live there.
  • Peer Problems - Peer pressure and bullying can make life as a middle school student difficult. Describe a time you were pressured or bullied and how it affected you.
  • Order Up -  A friend wants to learn how to make your favorite food. Detail the process, step-by-step, so your friend can recreate the dish.
  • Addictions - Many people are impacted by drug or alcohol addictions. Share facts about how the use of these substances negatively affects families or communities. 
  • Serve Others - Community service is a valuable experience. Describe a time you volunteered. What did you do and how did it make you feel?
  • City or Country Mouse - Do you live in a big city or a small town? Explain why you do or don’t like living there.
  • Aspirations - What do you want to be when you’re an adult? Explain why you’d choose that career  or what you’ll do to prepare for it.
  • Point in Time - Sometimes people bury time capsules so future generations can learn about the past. What would you include to give an accurate snapshot of life in the current time?
  • Hobbyist -  You’re friend wants to take up your favorite hobby. Explain it to him.
  • SOS - A natural disaster has destroyed homes and businesses in a nearby city. Describe what you can do to help.
  • Wonder Twin Power - Some superheroes can fly or become invisible. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Creative Essay Writing Prompts

Creative essays are fictional stories. They use plot, character, and dialog to engage and entertain the reader. These prompts will get the creative juices flowing. 

  • Fan Fic -  Write a story about your favorite characters from a book, film, or television show.
  • Cats vs. Dogs - You have two pets of different species. Write a story from their point of view about a day at home alone.
  • Time Travel - You find a time machine in your backyard. What happens when you step inside?
  • Dream State - Think about a time when you woke in the middle of a vivid dream. What would have happened if the dream hadn’t been interrupted?
  • New Door -  You’ve just discovered a door that you’ve never seen before. What happens when you walk through it?
  • Secret Keeper - You find out your best friend has kept a secret from you. What is the secret and why didn’t your friend tell you?
  • Fridge Fun - Write a story from the perspective of an item in your refrigerator.
  • Desert Island - You’ve just discovered an uncharted island. What happens next?
  • Fly on the Wall - You see two people talking excitedly, but you can’t hear what they’re saying. Write a story about what they might be saying.
  • Special Delivery - You receive a battered package in the mail. Write a story about its journey from the sender to you.
  • A Mile in My Shoes - You find a pair of shoes in the thrift store and put them on. Suddenly you find yourself transported into someone else’s life. Describe what happens.
  • Mission to Mars - Imagine that you’re a pioneer to start a colony on Mars. Write about a typical day on your new planet.
  • Snow Days - You find yourself snowed in for a week with your family. There is no electricity or phone service. What do you do for fun?
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7th Grade Writing Prompts

This webpage contains a 7th grade writing prompts PDF worksheet, useful for 7th grade students, language arts teachers, homeschooling parents, and creative writers. The writing prompt sheet has 20 questions / writing topics to work from. The topics presented in these writing prompts vary, and range from creative questions that require imaginative solutions, to meaningful questions that will ask students to reflect on their own beliefs and perspectives.

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7th Grade Writing Prompts List

  • Describe some of your life goals.
  • Write a mythological explanation for why the sky is blue.
  • Write a fictional explanation for why the earth is actually flat instead of round.
  • Write a mythological explanation for why the sun rises every morning.
  • What would you do with your time if you had a billion dollars?
  • If it were possible, would you choose to be immortal? Why or why not?
  • Why is truth important?
  • Please explain the meaning of life in 140 characters or less.
  • Describe one thing you can do today that will help you succeed tomorrow.
  • Describe something you want to accomplish in your life. List the necessary steps needed in order to accomplish this.
  • What does it mean to be successful?
  • Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? Why?
  • Write a persuasive argument why ostriches are better than koala bears, or vice versa.
  • When is it important to lead, when is it important to follow?
  • What would you do if you discovered you could control time?
  • Is fighting crime as a super hero an effective way to improve the world? Why or why not?
  • Describe an unusual but legal way to earn money.
  • Describe one thing you have learned this week.
  • Are some ideals worth dying for?
  • How did books change the world?

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When you really want to know if students have internalized a work or concept having them writing extended assignments is a must. It is easy to answer a question but hitting on higher order thinking skills and sustaining a long-term argument is a different thing entirely. These types of activities take a large window of time to complete. They are also a good deal of writing endurance that 7th grade students are just starting to build upon. These worksheets will give students extended writing tasks to help them master the art of essay writing and build their ability to communicate in written form.

Extended Writing Worksheets To Print:

Talking about Technology - Should robots just run everything? What are they missing? It is all about writing in one sitting and done.

Writing In Stages - This is a great process to get yourself in. This is a three day writing project. Choose one of the pictures below as inspiration for a story.

Writing in a Single Session - Choose between the topic of privacy and homeschooling and write a piece in one sitting that fully answers the questions that you are presented with.

Prewriting Worksheet - See if you can bring yourself to use this sheets often and always. Think of a significant event in your life, and write one sentence that summarizes the experience.

Research | Reflection | Revision - Who has a past that you deeply admire? Choose someone that is no longer living who interests you or that you admire. You will be researching that person and writing their biography. The biography should be at least two typed pages long.

An Exploration of Poetry - There are many ways to write a poem. This might be a new form for you. m. Depending on how you use language, you can say exactly what you mean, in as many or as few lines so as you like, or you can NOT say exactly what you mean at all, but only hint at it using image words and sound words to create pictures or feelings in the reader.

What Happened? - Imagine that you arrive home to find that there has been a fire at your house while you have been at school and your parents have been at work.

Dear Principal, - If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Would you abolish homework? Increase the lunch period? Shorten the school day? Think about how what you want to change would affect the student body, both in the present and in the future.

What Makes Good Parents? - People can be very, very different from one another, and there are all kinds of ways to be a good parent. What qualities do you think make a good parent? Of those qualities, which are non‐negotiable, and which are optional, nice to have qualities?

Hand To The Face Prompt - Describe what you think is happening in this picture. This guy is not having such a great day. Tell us all about it.

Creativity Prompts - Are order and creativity mutually exclusive? Are creative people naturally messy? Does neatness stunt creativity? Explain your position on the topic.

Mapping Family Constellations - For this project you will be creating a description of the constellations within your family, and compiling them into a booklet.

Read | Reflect | Write - The world has changed an enormous amount in the last 50 years. Think about it, then do a little research to help give both the prompt and your thoughts some context. Use what you learned from your research to answer the prompt.

Using History as a Setting - Conduct whatever research you feel is necessary. Then write at least one full page answering the prompt.

Rock On - Picture Prompt - Describe what you think is happening in this picture. This is a picture of a concert scene.

How to Approach Extended Writing Assignments

Extended writing assignments involve research and critical reading from multiple sources of information and ideas and the development of persistent argument within a fixed amount of time. It is also known as independent writing. Students are usually given extended writing assignments by their teachers to test their writing skills. Though the topic to write on is quite easy and students usually enjoy writing on it but the main problem faced but a majority of students is their inability to plan an extended writing assignment properly. Given below are some tips that will help one a lot in writing extended assignments:

Understanding The Topic

First thing to do while planning an extended writing assignment is to read the topic carefully. Try to grab the topic correctly and then make a list of as many words as possible that relate to that topic. As extended writing is time based, making a list will ensure that you do not have to spend time in thinking about the related words while writing the body of assignment.

Writing The Body of Extended Assignment

In the second step, decide the main idea and the topic sentence of your material and write them down. Include additional information that will explain your main idea and the topic. This explanation will be the first paragraph of your extended writing assignment. Second paragraph will provide other necessary information and the third will sum up your main points.


After writing the body of your assignment, write a sentence or a small paragraph that summarizes the main point and restates your topic sentence. This paragraph marks an end to your extended written assignment.

After you are done writing the whole assignment, take some time to revise and review it. Make sure that your extended writing assignment includes all the necessary information with correct punctuation and spellings and is free of errors.

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