6 Fun Writing Activities For Middle School Kids

Inspire your middle school kid to write with these activities

We’ve rounded up writing activities aimed at middle-school age kids to get them to practice writing and to channel their creativity. Try out a writing activity yourself too!

Practice your argumentative writing.

Read this paragraph about it:

In an argumentative essay, the writer takes a stance on a debatable topic. This stance, and the claims to back it up, is the argument. An argumentative thesis statement allows the writer to take a position about a subject (e.g., the deeper meaning of a literary text, the best policy towards a social problem) and to convince readers of their stance. The body of the argumentative essay uses examples and other evidence to support the writer’s opinion.

For example: Shakespeares’s Taming of the Shrew uses humor, disguise, and social roles to criticize the lack of power women had in Elizabethan England.

Write your own scary campfire story.

Then share it with your family. (Bonus: turn off the lights and use a flashlight while you read it!)


Writing about careers

Watch this video on unique careers you may have never heard of.

Then watch another video specifically about people who write the definitions in a dictionary: lexicographers.

In Thesaurus.com’s Writing Tool, write a paragraph about which unique career from the videos above you might like to do when you’re older. Why?

Practice creating your own resume using our template from this article: How Do I Write A Résumé?

Watch a movie with your family and write down all of the careers the characters in the movie have.

Ask everyone in your family what each person thinks the career means? Then, when the movie is over, look up the careers in the dictionary and see if any of you were correct!


Practicing taking notes

Take notes while watching a video.

WATCH: Types Of Hooks

 

While watching the “Types of Hooks” video, use these guided notes to take notes about it. If you don’t have a printer, copy down some of the prompts from the guided notes onto a piece of paper or computer document.

Now take notes about the information in this video (using some of the guided notes prompts from above).

Ask a family member about their favorite “hooks” in songs.

Although a hook in a song may not come at the beginning, this is still what “hooks” the listener in and makes them want more. Listen to a couple of songs together, and see if you all can identify the hook together.


Finding the main idea

Find the main idea (or the author’s purpose) in some informational texts. Read these informational texts and answer the close reading questions.

  • Then, complete the graphic organizers (in the link with the informational texts) on the main idea, author’s purpose, and compare/contrast that follow.

Read this article: “Introvert” vs. “Extrovert”.

Answer the following close reading questions in the Thesaurus.com Writing Tool.

  • What is the origin of the word introvert?
  • What does the word extrovert mean?
  • Are these two words similar in meaning?
  • What do these words typically describe?
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Have a family movie night.

After the movie, discuss what you think the main idea and the author’s purpose of the movie was.

Think about your family members and classify them as introverts or extroverts.

Then tell them what you think they are and see if they agree.


Practicing nonfiction writing

Respond to one of these prompts using Thesaurus.com’s Writing Tool:

  • The governments of the world have agreed to ban all vehicles and factories that produce air pollution. What is this new world like?
  • Imagine you are an aluminum can. Describe your journey from the store to a home to a recycling center from the can’s point of view.
  • Write an explanation of the water cycle for a 7-year-old child. Be sure to use simple vocabulary.

For more ideas, check out this page of writing prompts!

Read a nonfiction article or book about an environmental crusader, such as Rachel Carson, Al Gore, or Greta Thunberg.

Look up the meaning of any unfamiliar words on Dictionary.com, then write a report about what you learned in the Thesaurus.com Writing Tool.


Practicing spelling

Read this slideshow on the tips and tricks for remembering commonly misspelled words.

Have you ever wondered why words in English have so many different spelling rules? 

Is there a spelling rule that you just don’t agree with? Why?

Have you or any of your family members ever sent an auto-correct error in a text?

Look over this article on how spell checking works in our technology.

  • Go through your family text messages together. Find out who has the most misspellings. Was it auto-correct or just a human error?
  • Watch these videos about typos as a family and see if anyone in your family has a funny story about auto-correct like these.