Sixth Grade Writing Prompts: 51 Ideas Guaranteed to Move Their Pens

Your sixth graders are guaranteed to have plenty of creative and fun ideas to write about using this list of sixth grade writing prompts.

These sixth grade writing prompts spark creativity, promote critical thinking, develop writing skills, and encourage sixth graders to express themselves.

Middle school writing need not be boring!

Sixth Grade Writing Prompts

1. What is the hardest thing you have ever learned to do? How did you finally accomplish your task of learning it? What did you learn from the experience?

2. Write about a typical day from the perspective of a cell phone. What things does it see, hear, smell, taste, and touch?

3. Pretend you are a doctor and have discovered the cure for cancer. How would you announce your discovery? What risks did you take to come up with the cure? How would you market the cure, and what would its availability be like?

4. Give detailed instructions for how to download an app onto a cell phone.

5. What was the best present you ever received? Who was it from, and what was the occasion? Why is it your favorite present? What would your life look like without it?

6. Write an article for the school newsletter giving tips to sixth graders about how to manage their time with homework, chores, and extracurricular activities.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island and can only have one food item, the chance to message one person, and one other item. What would you choose and why?

8. Explain how to make a perfect score on a math test.

9. Write a letter to yourself at thirty years old. Describe what your life is like in sixth grade plus your hopes and dreams for the future. Predict what you will be doing and where you will be living.

10. Compose a creative story using these words: locker, box, secret, key

11. Write about a time you got really angry. What happened? How could you have handled the situation differently? What did you learn from the experience?

12. Describe how to win your favorite online game to someone who doesn’t know how to play.

13. You get to have dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and Christopher Columbus. What questions would you ask them? How do you think they would answer? What conversation topics would come up among the four of you that you can all relate to?

14. Write 10 words related to the human body. Then compose a poem with the words.

15. You have discovered the lost city of Atlantis. Where is it located? What does the city look like? Are there still any inhabitants or is it long since abandoned? If abandoned, what clues are present that indicate how the people who lived there went about their daily lives?

16. How do you multiply two or three-digit numbers? Explain the steps for solving.

17. Look out the window, and choose an animal or plant that you see. What does it look like? What is it doing? Describe what you think its life is like from when it first started as a baby or seedling to when it will die.

18. Draft a new chapter for your favorite book or new scene for your favorite movie. What new problems do the characters face, and how do they resolve the issue?

19. If you could teach any school subject, what would it be and why? What would your lesson plans look like? What relevant field trips might you plan for your students?

20. Write a creative piece that involves the challenges and adventures of being a sixth grader. It can be a legend, tall tale, fantasy, mystery, poem, comic, etc.

21. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why? How would you acquire your powers? How would you use them to help other people? What challenges would you face?

22. Brainstorm a cool social media hashtag for sixth grade (e.g #sixthgradesuperstars or #sensationalsixthgrade). What events, activities, and ideas will your hashtag be associated with?

23. Would you rather live in the Arctic or the Sahara Desert? Why? How would you acquire food and shelter? What challenges would you face and how would you overcome them?

24. What are the three best things about being a sixth grader? Give specific details.  

25. Describe the plot of your favorite book to someone who has never read it without giving away any spoilers. Why is it your favorite book and which character do you relate to the most?

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27. Imagine an electromagnetic pulse took out all electricity and electronics. What would your life look like? How would your community change? What skills would you have to learn to make up for the lack of electricity and electronics?

28. What are the benefits of using text features when reading non-fiction books? Explain.

29. Describe your dream career. What schooling or training do you need to achieve it? Which company or organization would you work for and what would your position be? How would a day on the job look?

30. Draft a letter to your 25-year old self. What pieces of wisdom do you want to share with yourself so that you never forget?

31. An alien spaceship lands on earth and you are in charge of communicating with their leader. Who do you choose for your team? What kind of questions would you ask the aliens? How would you avoid any conflicts or misunderstandings between humans and aliens?

32. Describe the characteristics of your favorite relative.

33. Write a letter to sixth graders at your school encouraging them to volunteer at the local park this weekend collecting trash. Be persuasive by providing good reasons as to why they might like to participate.

34. What are the similarities and differences between sixth grade and fifth grade? Be specific.

35. Pretend that you get to hop into a book and hang out with one of your favorite characters. Which character will you spend time with, and what interesting things will you two do together?

36. Share a memory about your favorite vacation. Who was there? What did you do and eat? What made this experience so memorable?

37. Explain to a 100-year old person the steps for sending a text message.

38. Write an instructional manual for middle schoolers teaching how to play your favorite board game.

39. What steps are required in order to brush one’s teeth? Write out the directions.

40. Life is full of decision-making. When surfing the TV, how do you finally decide on what to watch? What thinking goes on in your mind to help you decide? Explain.

41. Explain how to pass the most difficult level of your favorite video game.

42. Draft a biographical summary about your school. When was it built? How many students attend? What is unique about it? For which activities, sports, and/or events is your school known?

43. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the civil rights of black people in the United States. What lasting impact has his work had on life in America? Provide examples.

44. Compare and contrast yourself to a sibling or friend.

45. Brainstorm a few issues that your school faces. Now choose one, and write about the process you would take to solve the problem.

46. The headline of your local newspaper reads, “Food Fight at Local Diner Leads to Minor Injury!”. Write the story.

47. Write about a friend who you have become closer with over the past year. What actions have prompted you two to become better friends?

48. Movies, music, and books can positively affect how you feel. Choose a song, book, or movie, and write about how it has changed some aspect of your life for the better.

49. Retell an experience you had with a natural disaster. What happened, and what was the final outcome?

50. Write about a time that you put forth maximum effort in order to achieve a goal. What was the goal, and what steps did you follow to reach success?

51. Think about your academic strengths and weaknesses. How did you acquire your strengths, and what measures can you take in order to improve your weaknesses?

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