20 Quick Write Topics for Middle School

Looking for some quick write topics for middle schoolers? Or perhaps, a way to get your students engaged and excited about writing with something new; not the same-same.

I’ve worked with dozens of middle school-aged children through my writing workshops, for many years, and have seen how important it is to give students interesting and engaging topics to write about.

In this article, I'll provide 20 surprisingly fun and creative topics that your middle schoolers can use for quick writes. We'll explore ideas from writing about their favorite foods to making up stories about mythical creatures.

These topics are sure to get your students thinking and help them develop their writing skills.

So let's check them out!

A Day in the Life:

Imagine what it would be like to live a day in the life of someone else. It could be a celebrity, a character from your favorite book or movie, or even your best friend. What would you do?

What challenges might you face? Write a story that explores this idea.

The Magic Door:

You come across a door that you've never seen before.

When you open it, you find yourself in a completely different world. Describe this new world, including the sights, sounds, and smells.

Who or what do you encounter in this world, and what adventures do you have?

If I Could Change One Thing:

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Write an essay explaining your choice, and include specific examples of how this change would make the world a better place.

The Secret Room:

You discover a secret room in your house that you never knew existed.

What do you find in this room, and why do you think it was hidden? Write a story that explores the mystery of the secret room.

The Superhero:

Imagine that you have a superpower. What is your power, and how do you use it to help others?

Write a story that explores your superhero alter-ego.

My Dream Vacation:

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Describe your dream vacation in detail, including the sights, sounds, and experiences you would have.

The Haunted House:

You and your friends decide to explore a haunted house. What do you find inside, and what scares you the most? Write a story that explores the spookiness of the haunted house.

A Letter to My Future Self:

Write a letter to your future self. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five or ten years?

What advice do you have for yourself?

The Lost Treasure:

You and your friends stumble upon a treasure map.

What adventures do you have as you try to find the treasure? Write a story that explores the excitement of the treasure hunt.

The Time Machine:

You discover a time machine that allows you to travel back in time to any era.

Where do you go, and what do you experience? Write a story that explores the possibilities of time travel.

Write about a day in the life of a pencil

Take on the perspective of a pencil and describe its daily routine, from being sharpened to writing out a shopping list. Imagine the pencil's thoughts and feelings throughout the day.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Explore different foods and why they might be your favorite.

Think about the nutritional value, taste, and versatility of your chosen food.

Describe a world where everyone has superpowers

Imagine a world where everyone has superpowers and describe what it would be like.

How would people use their powers? How would society change?

If you could time travel to any period in history, where and when would you go?

Think about different time periods and what interests you about them.

Would you want to witness a specific event or meet a historical figure?

Write a short story that begins with the sentence: 'The door creaked open...'

Start a short story with this intriguing sentence and see where your imagination takes you.

What's behind the door? Who is opening it?