Expository (informative) writing communicates information to the reader to share knowledge or to convey messages, instructions, and ideas. It involves communicating information at various levels of understanding, such as describing information, explaining or interpreting information, clarifying a process, or evaluating information.
Practice any of these writing prompts at home!
1. If you could make changes in your school lunchroom what would they be?
2. Most people like one particular animal more than others. What is your favorite animal? Why is it your favorite?
3. Everyone has days that they will always remember as being very special. Think about a special day that you have had. Write an essay telling why it was so special.
4. Rules are important. What are the most important rules at your school and why are they important?
5. If you could choose any animal for a class pet, what would you choose and why?
8. We are learning all the time. Some of our learning takes place in school and some outside of school. Write about something you have learned recently and how it has affected you.
9. Think of the ideal job for you when you grow up. Now think of reasons why this would be a good job for you. Write an essay to explain why this is your ideal job.
10. Think of a book that you have read and really enjoyed. Write an essay explaining why you really enjoyed that book.
11. Imagine that time travel to the past was possible. Think of where and when you would like to go for a visit. Write an essay telling where and when you would go in the past and explain why you choose to go there.
12. Your cousin is moving to your town. Write a letter explaining why your town is such a wonderful place to live.
13. Imagine that you had no TV, computer, or video games for one week. Think of some activities that you can do instead to keep you busy and out of trouble. Write an essay to explain what you can do to keep occupied in a week of no TV, computer, or video games.
14. We all have a place where we can imagine or go where we want to be alone and relax. Think of your favorite place. Now write an essay explaining why this place is your favorite.
15. Think about your favorite year of school. Explain why it was your favorite year.
16. Friends are important, but everyone has a different opinion of what makes a good friend. Explain what, in your opinion makes a good friend.
17. Some teachers are special. Explain why one particular teacher in your life was so special.
18. If your principal asked you to write your opinion about what needed to be changed in your school what would you write?
Describe how “changing classes” in middle school with different teachers and classrooms for each class will differ from the way you experience an average school day now.
With more students and more classrooms, you may or may not have classes with your friends when you enter middle school. Explain some things you can do when most of your friends are in classes other than yours.
Describe some things that you can do if you don’t like one of your middle school teachers.
Define “peer pressure” and explain ways it can be both a positive and negative influence in your life.