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You Got The Best Of Me

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The Way We Used To Be

The first new song from Journey in 10 years. Listen as the classic band roars back to form.

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A soaring, modern album of 12 original songs. "This is Journey with combat boots on."

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11 re-recorded classics in union with 11 new, hard-hitting tracks. Find your revelation.

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Steve Augeri’s debut album with the band, featuring "All the Way" and "Higher Place"

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Trial By Fire

The blazing, rowdy reunion after a 10-year hiatus.

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Raised On Radio

The ninth studio album from Journey

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4-times platinum, and featuring the legendary ballad "Faithfully"

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The legendary origin of "Don't Stop Believing", "Open Arms", and 9 more epic tracks.

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The ferocious hit album including "Any Way You Want It" and more.

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The breakthrough triple-platinum album, bringing Journey into the mainstream with "Touchin', Lovin', Squeezin'".

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Journey arrives at its iconic style on their fourth studio album, featuring "Wheel In the Sky"

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Look Into the Future

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Jonathan Cain

Keys, songwriting.

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Lead Guitar, Songwriting

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Lead vocals, 2024 freedom tour merch, platinum logo 50th anniversary zip hoodie, gold logo 50th anniversary zip hoodie, ladies infinity tee - mauve, 50th anniversary trucker hat, 2024 soar trucker hat, 50th anniversary bronze scarab tote, 50th anniversary bronze scarab koozie, journey’s “don’t stop believin’” recognized by forbes as officially the biggest song of all time.

You’ve heard it literally everywhere since the 80’s: on the radio of every car you’ve ever owned, at every major sporting event you’ve attended in the last 20 years...

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THE BANDS WILL BE JOINED IN VARIOUS CITIES BY ROCK LEGENDS: STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART & CHEAP TRICK  (December 7, 2023) – Two of rock's most iconic and influential bands, JOURNEY...

You’ve heard it literally everywhere since the 80’s: on the radio of every car you’ve ever owned, at every major sporting event you’ve attended in the last 20 years (including...


One of the most legendary rock bands of all time, JOURNEY, announces the continuation of their highly successful tour with the 50th Anniversary Celebration Freedom Tour 2023 featuring, very special guest TOTO. JOURNEY , Diamond-selling Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will take the stage in 38 cities across North America with their catalog of global chart-topping hits, including "Don't Stop Believin”, "Any Way You Want It", "Faithfully", "Lights" and more.

Presented by AEG Presents, JOURNEY Freedom Tour 2023 begins February 4 in Allentown, PA – making stops in Austin, Montreal, Memphis and more – before wrapping April 25 at the brand new Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, CA. The 2023 run includes rescheduled dates in Washington DC, Hartford, Toronto and Quebec that were postponed earlier this year due to covid.

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Q&A: Neal Schon On The ‘Freedom’ Of Journey, His Friendship With Carlos Santana And Much More

Journey will release Freedom , their first album in 11 years, this Friday (July 8). With the 11-year gap between records, the band's longest break between albums, and the presence of drummer/producer Narada Michael Walden, Freedom , according to guitarist Neal Schon, is a true representation of who Journey is in 2022.

Neal Schon on Journey’s New LP ‘Freedom,’ Ambitious 50th Anniversary Plans

It’s been 11 years since Journey released their last studio record, and for a while it was looking like they’d never get around to making one. “Nobody was really interested in making new music,” Journey founder and guitarist and Neal Schon tells Rolling Stone via Zoom from his California home. “It’s very difficult to get new material played and to get people familiar with it before you go out and play live. Everybody in the band was like, ‘I don’t want to do it.'”

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Neal Schon soloed many times throughout the one-hour-45-minute set, mustering an entertaining mélange of crisp, piercing notes, with blistering bluster and straight-up shredding.

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Journey's 'Escape' Album Gets Diamond Status In U.S. Ahead Of Anniversary

Journey 's  Escape  album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales in excess of 10 million equivalent units in time for its 40th anniversary tomorrow (July 17).

Following its initial release in 1981,  Escape  hit No. 1 on the  Billboard  200...

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JOURNEY Among 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2022' Performers

JOURNEY will perform from New York City's Times Square for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 " . This year marks the 50th anniversary of America's go-to annual New Year's tradition that celebrates the year's very best in music.

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Music lovers still put those records on as they celebrate Record Store Day: What to know

If you love vinyl, saturday, april 20 is your day, record store day. apparently, many americans do. u.s. music lovers spent $1.4 billion on vinyl in 2023, 10% more than the year before..

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Vinyl rules on Saturday. That's because it is Record Store Day .

This marks the 17th annual celebration of independent record stores with a slew of special, exclusive releases – available first in stores and for purchase in person. (Eventually, some of the precious vinyl LPs will be available online; and some may later be released on CD or digitally.)

More than 380 special releases will be available on Saturday, including new releases and reissues from a variety of artists spanning Ernest Tubb to 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne . There's also releases from Elton John, Gorillaz, Kristin Hersh, Parliament, Pearl Jam, Sabrina Carpenter and The Who. To see the complete list go to the Record Store Day website .

Why are vinyl records a big deal on Record Store Day 2024?

There's a reason vinyl lovers are rewarded in the age of streaming music. Sales of vinyl records rose 10% in 2023 to $1.4 billion – the format's 17th consecutive year of growth, according to the Recording Industry Association of America .

And for only the second time since 1987, vinyl outsold CDs in units (43 million vinyl, compared to 37 million in CDs), the RIAA says. Sales of CDs did increase 11% to $537 million. Streaming still accounted 84% of U.S. recorded music revenue, the RIAA says.

Record Store Day 2024: What you need to celebrate superbly

No surprise, the top selling vinyl artist in the U.S. in 2023 was Taylor Swift, who had the top three sellers – "1989 (Taylor's Version)" was No. 1 – and five of the top seven, according to Luminate Data .

Swifties, there's no Record Store Day specials for you like last year, when Swift dropped "folklore: the long pond studio sessions."  But you did just get a extra helping of tunes with her "The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology," which landed early Friday.

However, some lucky buyers of her new album could also get a special printed note "From the Desk of Taylor Swift," in which the artist says: "Happy Record Store Day!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for welcoming The Tortured Poets Department into your vinyl collection and your life."

Here's a quick look at some of the most desired Record Store Day releases.

David Bowie: Record Store Day 2024 release predates 'Ziggy'

A special vinyl RSD release, "Waiting in the Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth)," is an 11-track recreation of an early version of what would eventually become Bowie's 1972 release "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars." Songs included here not on that album are the Chuck Berry cover "Round and Round," Jacque Brel's "Amsterdam," and non-LP favorites "Velvet Goldmine" and "Holy Holy."

Dave Grohl joins Anthrax on special RSD release to help Bad Brains singer

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante were joined by Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters frontman's studios a cover of the Bad Brain's "The Regulator." Grohl plays drums and sings, while Benante plays bass on the track, proceeds of which will go to help Bad Brains' singer H.R., who has undergone treatment for painful headaches. The flip side of the 7-inch single is etched.

Record Store Day ambassadors Paramore have a special single out

A special 12-inch single has the band's tribute to Talking Heads on one side – a cover of the song "Burning Down the House" – and David Byrne's version of Paramore's “Hard Times” on the other (available starting Saturday, only at participating record stores).

Also available: "Re: This Is Why," remixes of the album that earned the band Grammys in February 2024 for best rock album and best alternative music performance. The remix LP, made with the help of Wet Leg, Bartees Strange, Foals, the Linda Lindas and others, is available as a standalone LP or in a 2-LP set including the original album.

Talking Heads: A full live performance

Speaking of David Byrne , Talking Heads fans can seek out "Live at WCOZ 77," which captures the band's entire radio station performance from Nov. 17, 1977. (Some of the songs appeared on "The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads."

Also available: The Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love 2001 Remixes,' a blue vinyl LP collecting nine remixes of the much-sampled 1981 song from Talking Heads co-founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.

Olivia Rodrigo and Noah Kahan cover RSD 2024 with dual single

Olivia Rodrigo covers the title track from Noah Kahan 's 2022 album "Stick Season," on one side of a special colored vinyl 7-inch single. On the other, Kahan provides a version of Rodrigo's "Lacy" from her 2023 album "Guts."

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Live in France: The 1966 Concert in Limoges

This gem is a previously unreleased recording of a live solo performance by “The Godmother of Rock n’ Roll," at the Grand Theatre in Limoges, France on November 11, 1966. It comes on two 180-gram vinyl LPs and has an insert with rare photographs, liner notes and tributes from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Susan Tedeschi and others.

This fab Beatles mini record player is a Record Store Day 2024 special

Beatlemania continues – mark May 8 on your calendar to stream the movie "Let It Be" on Disney+ . In the meantime, you can come together with this Beatles limited edition mini turntable ($179.99) from Crosley Radio , commemorating the Fab Four's performance in 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The turntable comes with four 3-inch records of songs the band performed then: "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Til There Was You," "She Loves You," and "I Saw Her Standing There." (Note: the records are also available individually.)

The Turntable has a built-in speaker, but also connects to external speakers via Bluetooth.

Also available: Ringo Starr 's new four-track EP titled "Crooked Boy," in a special black and white colored vinyl edition, and two George Harrison albums, "Wonderwall Music" and "Electronic Sound," available as picture discs. — w

The Rolling Stones have something old, something new for RSD 2024

The Stones are dropping "Live At Racket, NYC," a 180-gram solid white vinyl release of the seven songs the band played at the October 19, 2023 launch event for "Hackney Diamonds." The tracks include the duet with Lady Gaga on “Sweet Sounds of Heaven."

Also available: a special black and white swirled vinyl version of the band's 1964 U.K. debut album, which comes stamped (6,000 are available) with a lithograph with classic photos of the band.

The Weeknd: 'Live at SoFi Stadium'

The Canadian artist's first live album, recorded during two November 2022 concerts in LA and released digitally last year, becomes available on a physical format (3 LPs).

Wilco: 'The Whole Love' expanded for RSD

An 3-LP version of the band's 2011 album fleshed out with live in-studio performances, bonus tracks, alternate mixes, demos and a version of the song "Cruel To Be Kind" with Nick Lowe.⁠

Dwight Yoakam's 'Beginning' boxed up for RSD 2024

The country artist has a collection called "The Beginning And Then Some," compiling his first three albums – available on vinyl and CD – with an extra disc of '80s rarities.

The singer-songwriter's latest, "Fu##in' Up" is a reimaging of some past Young classics with a Crazy Horse lineup that includes Micah Nelson. The Record Store Day limited edition comes on two clear vinyl LPs with a lithograph of the album cover art.

It will be available in stores and through the Neil Young Archives store (though it appears to be sold out already). Regular versions of the album come out April 26.

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West Ham vs Liverpool: Prediction, kick-off time, TV, team news, live stream h2h results, odds today

West Ham take on a Liverpool needing a swift and strong respond in east London this afternoon.

The Hammers were miserable themselves in defeat to Crystal Palace last time out to hand their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season a big blow.


Liverpool in midweek lost Jurgen Klopp’s final Merseyside derby to all but end their Premier League title ambitions , which any further dropped points at the London Stadium will surely fully extinguish.

Date, kick-off time and venue

West Ham vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 12.30pm BST kick-off today, Saturday April 27, 2024.

The match will take place at the London Stadium.

Where to watch West Ham vs Liverpool

TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on TNT Sports, with coverage beginning at 11.30am.

Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Discovery+ app and website.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport ’s live blog , with expert analysis from Dom Smith at the ground.

West Ham vs Liverpool team news

West Ham XI : Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Emerson Palmieri, Soucek, Alvarez, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Kudus, Antonio

Subs: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Ward-Prowse, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Casey, Mubama

Liverpool XI : Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, van Dijk, Robertson, Mac Allister, Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz

Subs: Gomez, Konate, Szoboszlai, Nunez, Salah, Jones, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Kelleher

West Ham vs Liverpool prediction

Liverpool need to pick themselves up and get a result to keep any faint hope of a title win alive. Klopp will have his players in no doubt over what’s at stake, despite the disappointment of midweek.

West Ham were dead on their feet from the off against Crystal Palace and, with David Moyes potentially heading out , you fear for a repeat performance lacking in drive.

Liverpool to win, 2-0.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Moyes has only beaten Klopp once in their 13 meetings, a 3-2 win to the Hammers in 2021 at London Stadium.

West Ham wins: 29

Liverpool wins: 83

West Ham vs Liverpool match odds

West Ham: 2/1

Liverpool: 4/9

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

Klopp era ending with a whimper as Liverpool held to draw by West Ham

Klopp era ending with a whimper as Liverpool held to draw by West Ham

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Senate Approves Aid for Ukraine and Israel, Sending It to Biden’s Desk

The overwhelming bipartisan vote for the long-stalled $95.3 billion aid package capped a tortured journey for the legislation on Capitol Hill. President Biden is expected to quickly sign it.

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The bipartisan bill includes $60.8 billion for ukraine; $26.4 billion for israel and humanitarian aid for civilians in conflict zones, including gaza; and $8.1 billion for the indo-pacific region..

“On this vote, the yeas are 79. The nays are 18. The motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 815 is agreed to.” “Today, the Senate sends a unified message to the entire world. America will always defend democracy in its hour of need. We tell our allies, we will stand with you. We tell our adversaries, don’t mess with us. We tell the world, we will do everything to defend democracy and our way of life.” “For months, our friends have watched to see whether America still had the strength that won the Cold War or the resolve that has underpinned peace and prosperity literally for decades. Our enemies have tested whether the arsenal of democracy is, in fact, built to endure. Well, tonight, the Senate will send a clear message.”

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The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday night to give final approval to a $95.3 billion package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending it to President Biden and ending months of uncertainty about whether the United States would continue to back Kyiv in its fight against Russian aggression.

The vote reflected resounding bipartisan support for the measure, which passed the House on Saturday by lopsided margins after a tortured journey on Capitol Hill, where it was nearly derailed by right-wing resistance. The Senate’s action, on a vote of 79 to 18, provided a victory for the president, who had urged lawmakers to move quickly so he could sign it into law.

And it capped an extraordinary political saga that raised questions about whether the United States would continue to play a leading role in upholding the international order and projecting its values globally.

“Our allies around the world have been watching Congress for the last six months and wondering the same thing: When it matters most, will America summon the strength to come together, overcome the centrifugal pull of partisanship and meet the magnitude of the moment?” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, said on Tuesday. “Tonight, under the watchful eye of history, the Senate answers this question with a thunderous and resounding ‘yes.’”

In a statement minutes after the vote, Mr. Biden said he would sign the bill into law “and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.”

“Congress has passed my legislation to strengthen our national security and send a message to the world about the power of American leadership: We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression,” he said.

The House passed the package on Saturday in four pieces: a measure for each of the three U.S. allies and another meant to sweeten the deal for conservatives that includes a provision that could result in a nationwide ban on TikTok. It sent the legislation to the Senate as a single package that required only one up-or-down vote to pass.

Facing vehement opposition from his right flank to aiding Ukraine, Speaker Mike Johnson structured the legislation that way in the House to capture different coalitions of support without allowing opposition to any one element to defeat the whole thing. The majority of House Republicans opposed the aid for Kyiv.

The components of the bill are nearly identical to one that passed the Senate with bipartisan support in February. It includes $60.8 billion for Ukraine; $26.4 billion for Israel and humanitarian aid for civilians in conflict zones, including Gaza; and $8.1 billion for the Indo-Pacific region.

In addition to the package of sweeteners, which also includes new rounds of sanctions on Iranian and Russian officials, the House added provisions to direct the president to seek repayment from the Ukrainian government of $10 billion in economic assistance. That was a nod to a call by former President Donald J. Trump to make any further aid to Kyiv a loan. But the bill allows the president to forgive those loans starting in 2026.

Nine Republicans who opposed the Senate-passed aid legislation in February supported the bill this time. When Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma changed his vote on Tuesday, this time agreeing to advance the legislation, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority leader, gave him a thumbs-up on the Senate floor.

“Seventy-five percent of the bill, the total funding, stays within the United States,” Mr. Mullin said on Newsmax, explaining his support for the bill. “That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. This goes to our defense industry; this goes to replenishing our munitions.”

Fifteen hard-right Republican senators who oppose aid to Ukraine voted against the legislation. Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, who opposed the measure but was one of three Republicans who did not vote on final passage, argued that Congress was “rushing to further bankroll the waging of a war that has zero chance of a positive outcome.”

“Pouring more money into Ukraine’s coffers will only prolong the conflict and lead to more loss of life,” Mr. Tuberville said. “No one at the White House, Pentagon or State Department can articulate what victory looks like in this fight. They couldn’t when we sent the first tranche of aid over two years ago. We should be working with Ukraine and Russia to negotiate an end to this madness.”

Three liberals, Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Peter Welch of Vermont, as well as Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, also opposed the measure. They said they could not endorse sending more offensive weapons to Israel when the government’s campaign in Gaza has killed tens of thousands of people and created a hunger crisis there.

“We are now in the absurd situation where Israel is using U.S. military assistance to block the delivery of U.S. humanitarian aid to Palestinians,” Mr. Sanders said. “If that is not crazy, I don’t know what is. But it is also a clear violation of U.S. law. Given that reality, we should not today even be having this debate. It is illegal to continue current military aid to Israel, let alone send another $9 billion with no strings attached.”

But the vast majority of senators in both parties supported the legislation, and Senate leaders regarded its passage as a triumph, particularly given the opposition to aid for Ukraine that had built up in the House.

For months, Mr. Johnson and right-wing Republicans in the House had refused to entertain aid to Ukraine unless Mr. Biden agreed to stringent measures to curtail immigration on the U.S. border with Mexico. When Senate Democrats agreed this year to legislation that paired the aid with stiffer border enforcement provisions , Mr. Trump denounced it and Republicans rejected it out of hand.

Then the Senate passed its own $95 billion emergency aid legislation for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan without any immigration measures, ramping up political pressure on the House to do the same. For weeks, the message to Mr. Johnson from Mr. Schumer and Mr. McConnell had been the same: Pass the Senate bill.

In extensive remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday before the procedural vote, Mr. McConnell cast congressional approval of the aid package as “a test of American resolve, our readiness and our willingness to lead.” He rebuked the naysayers in his party, criticizing those who, he said, would “indulge the fantasy of pulling up a drawbridge.”

“Make no mistake: Delay in providing Ukraine the weapons to defend itself has strained the prospects of defeating Russian aggression,” Mr. McConnell said. “Dithering and hesitation have compounded the challenges we face. Today’s action is overdue, but our work does not end here. Trust in American resolve is not rebuilt overnight. Expanding and restocking the arsenal of democracy doesn’t just happen by magic.”

Ukrainian officials cheered the impending passage of the bill.

Ruslan Stefanchuk, the speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, posted a photograph on social media of lawmakers holding American flags inside the chamber in Kyiv, in “gratitude to the United States and to every member of the House of Representatives who supported the Ukraine Aid Bill. We look forward to a similar decision from the Senate.”

“The United States has been and remains a strategic partner that stands shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people in our fight against the russian aggressor!” Mr. Stefanchuk added.

The photograph recalled the scene on the floor of the House on Saturday when Democrats waved miniature Ukrainian flags as they voted for the aid bill. They were rebuked by Mr. Johnson and other Republicans, who called it a violation of decorum and said that only American flags should be displayed in the chamber.

Lara Jakes contributed reporting from Rome.

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Filmed by a four month-old MTV and just days into the band's first #1 album, Escape, Journey is at their peak. The recent addition of FM-friendly keyboardist/co-songwriter Jonathan Cain (fresh from the Babys) proved to be the final addition that the constantly changing concept band would need to crash both radio and retail charts. The concert DVD shows rows of fans in the same red-sleeved concert jerseys getting their fill of the hits 'Don't Stop Believing', 'Stone in Love', 'Who's Crying Now', 'Open Arms', 'Anyway You Want It', 'Wheel in the Sky' and 'Lights'.

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94 Excellent Argumentative Essay Topics For Middle School 

December 4, 2023 //  by  Brittany Ray

Middle schoolers are always ready for a feisty debate and to argue their points! This list of excellent argumentative essay topics for middle school is sure to give your students the practice they need in getting their arguments down on paper, in a persuasive way. With a variety of topics ranging from whether or not to outlaw animal testing to debating a 3-day weekend, this curated collection will give your kiddos lots of fun choices to explore! Take a look and see which topics are sure to spark some interest in your classroom!

School Rules and Policies

1. should cell phones be allowed at school.

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2. Should gym class (physical education) be a requirement?

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3. Explain why or why not: Should students have homework on weekends?

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4. Should the school day be extended in exchange for a long weekend?

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5. Do you feel the government should dictate what you get for school lunch?

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6. Do you believe brick-and-mortar schools are still necessary for today’s post-pandemic society?

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7. Is the student-per-class limit too high?

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8. Should high school students be required to take a civics exam before graduation?

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9. Should school security be improved?

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10. Should students be allowed to use smartwatches during examinations?

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11. Should there be a limit to the amount of homework a school can assign to students?

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12. Is the traditional grading system effective, or does it need an overhaul?

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13. Should schools offer more extracurricular activities to cater to diverse interests?

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14. Do schools place too much emphasis on sports and athletes at the expense of academic pursuits?

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15. Explain your stance as to whether schools should or should not require students to wear uniforms.

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16. Do you believe that school field trips are beneficial or merely recreational?

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17. Should students be required to learn a second language starting in middle school?

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18. Should the government have the ability to ban certain books in the classroom?

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19. Should school cafeterias serve exclusively vegetarian meals to promote health?

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20. Should schools have mandatory classes on financial literacy?

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21. Should schools have strict policies against cyberbullying?

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22. Should schools have mandatory mental health classes and counseling sessions?

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23. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?

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24. Should schools have mindfulness and meditation sessions as part of the daily routine?

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25. Should schools emphasize more on teaching critical thinking skills rather than just memorizing things?

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26. Should there be more emphasis on vocational training in middle school?

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27. Should students be taught the dangers of misinformation and “fake news” as part of their curriculum?

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28. Should schools introduce mandatory community service as part of the curriculum?

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29. Should schools allow students to bring their pets to school?

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30. Should schools be allowed to monitor students’ online activities?

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31. Should education about global warming and environmental conservation be a mandatory part of the curriculum?

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32. Should schools introduce more practical skills courses like basic cooking, sewing, or home repair?

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33. Do school dress codes infringe on personal expression?

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34. Should middle school students be allowed to bring and use laptops in class?

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35. Is homeschooling a better option than traditional schooling for some students?

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36. Is learning to write in cursive still a necessary skill in the digital age?

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37. Should school libraries invest in more digital resources or in physical books?

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38. Should students be taught about controversial historical figures objectively or with a critical lens?

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39. Should students have a more significant say in the creation of school rules and policies?

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40. Do schools focus too much on college preparation at the expense of life skills?

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41. Should parents be held more accountable for their children’s misbehavior at school?

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42. Are parent-teacher conferences still effective or have they become outdated?

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43. Should middle schools have later start times to accommodate adolescent sleep patterns?

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College Admission and Tuition 

44. should excellent grades guarantee a scholarship.

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45. Should a college degree earned through online education have the same worth as a degree earned at a brick-and-mortar university?

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46. Do you feel art courses should be a required part of earning a college degree?

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47. Should college admission criteria be less stringent?

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48. Should college athletes be paid?

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49. Do you believe that a college education is necessary for everyone?

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50. Should public education at the college level be tuition-free?

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Health and Wellbeing

51. do parents put too much pressure on their children to excel academically.

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52. Should cigarettes be illegal?

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53. Should employers have the right to require a Covid-19 vaccine?

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54. Is milk beneficial to a person’s health?

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55. Are hot dogs bad for you?

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56. Do you agree or disagree that parents should be held responsible for childhood obesity?

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57. Should the FDA allow GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food?

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58. Does the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) do a good job of regulating the production of food?

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59. Should junk food advertisements be banned during children’s TV shows?

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60. Should students be allowed to take “mental health days” off from school?

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Government, Politics, and Civic Responsibilities

61. do you think electronic voting machines make the election procedure fair or unfair.

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62. Explain whether or not the Electoral College should be eliminated.

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63. Should the government have more say in what is or is not “fake news”?

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64. Should a felon have the right to vote?

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65. Should all political offices have term limits?

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66. Should the voting age be lowered?

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67. The moral stain of the slavery of African American people in early American History is undoubtedly present. Do you feel the government promotes hate or love with the way it currently speaks about racism?

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68. Should the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour?

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69. Should the government have more strict gun control policies?

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70. With the separation of church and state, should churches be exempt from paying taxes?

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71. Do you feel undocumented immigrants should be granted all the same rights as naturalized citizens?

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72. Have Native American communities been given proper reparations for the United States’ long history of seizing land?

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73. Do you think that the government should do more to fight against human trafficking?

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Environmental and Moral Issues

74. is climate change something we can truly make a difference with.

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75. If protecting the environment is of utmost importance, should bottled water be banned?

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76. Should exotic animals be kept in captivity?

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77. Explain your stance on whether wind farms are a good or bad idea.

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78. Do “participation trophies” diminish the value of real achievement?

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79. Should there be harsher punishments for bullying?

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80. Explain whether or not animal testing should be outlawed.

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81. Should the death penalty exist?

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82. Should an individual be able to keep wild animals as pets if they have the means to care for them?

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83. Do curfews for teenagers prevent them from getting in trouble or infringe on personal freedom?

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84. Is scientific research on cloning DNA ethical?

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85. Is daylight saving something the U.S. should keep, or should it be abolished?

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86. Should schools ban single-use plastics?

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Digital and Media

87. do children currently have too much screen time, and is it harmful.

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88. Do you believe that the media and/or social media negatively impact body image among teens?

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89. Do social media platforms need stricter age verification processes?

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90. Should parents have access to their children’s social media accounts for monitoring purposes?

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91. Should parents limit the time their children spend on video games?

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92. Should violent video games be banned in the United States?

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93. Do violent cartoons and animations impact a child’s behavior negatively?

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94. Do video games have educational potential or are they merely distractions?

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A flexible, seven-unit program based on the real-world writing found in newspapers, from editorials and reviews to personal narratives and informational essays.

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Update, Aug. 3, 2023: Find our 2023-24 writing curriculum here.

Our 2019-20 Writing Curriculum is one of the most popular new features we’ve ever run on this site, so, of course, we’re back with a 2020-21 version — one we hope is useful whether you’re teaching in person , online , indoors , outdoors , in a pod , as a homeschool , or in some hybrid of a few of these.

The curriculum detailed below is both a road map for teachers and an invitation to students. For teachers, it includes our writing prompts, mentor texts, contests and lesson plans, and organizes them all into seven distinct units. Each focuses on a different genre of writing that you can find not just in The Times but also in all kinds of real-world sources both in print and online.

But for students, our main goal is to show young people they have something valuable to say, and to give those voices a global audience. That’s always been a pillar of our site, but this year it is even more critical. The events of 2020 will define this generation, and many are living through them isolated from their ordinary communities, rituals and supports. Though a writing curriculum can hardly make up for that, we hope that it can at least offer teenagers a creative outlet for making sense of their experiences, and an enthusiastic audience for the results. Through the opportunities for publication woven throughout each unit, we want to encourage students to go beyond simply being media consumers to become creators and contributors themselves.

So have a look, and see if you can find a way to include any of these opportunities in your curriculum this year, whether to help students document their lives, tell stories, express opinions, investigate ideas, or analyze culture. We can’t wait to hear what your students have to say!

Each unit includes:

Writing prompts to help students try out related skills in a “low stakes” way.

We publish two writing prompts every school day, and we also have thematic collections of more than 1,000 prompts published in the past. Your students might consider responding to these prompts on our site and using our public forums as a kind of “rehearsal space” for practicing voice and technique.

Daily opportunities to practice writing for an authentic audience.

If a student submits a comment on our site, it will be read by Times editors, who approve each one before it gets published. Submitting a comment also gives students an audience of fellow teenagers from around the world who might read and respond to their work. Each week, we call out our favorite comments and honor dozens of students by name in our Thursday “ Current Events Conversation ” feature.

Guided practice with mentor texts .

Each unit we publish features guided practice lessons, written directly to students, that help them observe, understand and practice the kinds of “craft moves” that make different genres of writing sing. From how to “show not tell” in narratives to how to express critical opinions , quote or paraphrase experts or craft scripts for podcasts , we have used the work of both Times journalists and the teenage winners of our contests to show students techniques they can emulate.

“Annotated by the Author” commentaries from Times writers — and teenagers.

As part of our Mentor Texts series , we’ve been asking Times journalists from desks across the newsroom to annotate their articles to let students in on their writing, research and editing processes, and we’ll be adding more for each unit this year. Whether it’s Science writer Nicholas St. Fleur on tiny tyrannosaurs , Opinion writer Aisha Harris on the cultural canon , or The Times’s comics-industry reporter, George Gene Gustines, on comic books that celebrate pride , the idea is to demystify journalism for teenagers. This year, we’ll be inviting student winners of our contests to annotate their work as well.

A contest that can act as a culminating project .

Over the years we’ve heard from many teachers that our contests serve as final projects in their classes, and this curriculum came about in large part because we want to help teachers “plan backwards” to support those projects.

All contest entries are considered by experts, whether Times journalists, outside educators from partner organizations, or professional practitioners in a related field. Winning means being published on our site, and, perhaps, in the print edition of The New York Times.

Webinars and our new professional learning community (P.L.C.).

For each of the seven units in this curriculum, we host a webinar featuring Learning Network editors as well as teachers who use The Times in their classrooms. Our webinars introduce participants to our many resources and provide practical how-to’s on how to use our prompts, mentor texts and contests in the classroom.

New for this school year, we also invite teachers to join our P.L.C. on teaching writing with The Times , where educators can share resources, strategies and inspiration about teaching with these units.

Below are the seven units we will offer in the 2020-21 school year.


Unit 1: Documenting Teenage Lives in Extraordinary Times

This special unit acknowledges both the tumultuous events of 2020 and their outsized impact on young people — and invites teenagers to respond creatively. How can they add their voices to our understanding of what this historic year will mean for their generation?

Culminating in our Coming of Age in 2020 contest, the unit helps teenagers document and respond to what it’s been like to live through what one Times article describes as “a year of tragedy, of catastrophe, of upheaval, a year that has inflicted one blow after another, a year that has filled the morgues, emptied the schools, shuttered the workplaces, swelled the unemployment lines and polarized the electorate.”

A series of writing prompts, mentor texts and a step-by-step guide will help them think deeply and analytically about who they are, how this year has impacted them, what they’d like to express as a result, and how they’d like to express it. How might they tell their unique stories in ways that feel meaningful and authentic, whether those stories are serious or funny, big or small, raw or polished?

Though the contest accepts work across genres — via words and images, video and audio — all students will also craft written artist’s statements for each piece they submit. In addition, no matter what genre of work students send in, the unit will use writing as a tool throughout to help students brainstorm, compose and edit. And, of course, this work, whether students send it to us or not, is valuable far beyond the classroom: Historians, archivists and museums recommend that we all document our experiences this year, if only for ourselves.


Unit 2: The Personal Narrative

While The Times is known for its award-winning journalism, the paper also has a robust tradition of publishing personal essays on topics like love , family , life on campus and navigating anxiety . And on our site, our daily writing prompts have long invited students to tell us their stories, too. Our 2019 collection of 550 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing is a good place to start, though we add more every week during the school year.

In this unit we draw on many of these resources, plus some of the 1,000-plus personal essays from the Magazine’s long-running Lives column , to help students find their own “short, memorable stories ” and tell them well. Our related mentor-text lessons can help them practice skills like writing with voice , using details to show rather than tell , structuring a narrative arc , dropping the reader into a scene and more. This year, we’ll also be including mentor text guided lessons that use the work of the 2019 student winners.

As a final project, we invite students to send finished stories to our Second Annual Personal Narrative Writing Contest .


Unit 3: The Review

Book reports and literary essays have long been staples of language arts classrooms, but this unit encourages students to learn how to critique art in other genres as well. As we point out, a cultural review is, of course, a form of argumentative essay. Your class might be writing about Lizzo or “ Looking for Alaska ,” but they still have to make claims and support them with evidence. And, just as they must in a literature essay, they have to read (or watch, or listen to) a work closely; analyze it and understand its context; and explain what is meaningful and interesting about it.

In our Mentor Texts series , we feature the work of Times movie , restaurant , book and music critics to help students understand the elements of a successful review. In each one of these guided lessons, we also spotlight the work of teenage contest winners from previous years.

As a culminating project, we invite students to send us their own reviews of a book, movie, restaurant, album, theatrical production, video game, dance performance, TV show, art exhibition or any other kind of work The Times critiques.


Unit 4: Informational Writing

Informational writing is the style of writing that dominates The New York Times as well as any other traditional newspaper you might read, and in this unit we hope to show students that it can be every bit as engaging and compelling to read and to write as other genres. Via thousands of articles a month — from front-page reporting on politics to news about athletes in Sports, deep data dives in The Upshot, recipes in Cooking, advice columns in Style and long-form investigative pieces in the magazine — Times journalists find ways to experiment with the genre to intrigue and inform their audiences.

This unit invites students to take any STEM-related discovery, process or idea that interests them and write about it in a way that makes it understandable and engaging for a general audience — but all the skills we teach along the way can work for any kind of informational writing. Via our Mentor Texts series, we show them how to hook the reader from the start , use quotes and research , explain why a topic matters and more. This year we’ll be using the work of the 2020 student winners for additional mentor text lessons.

At the end of the unit, we invite teenagers to submit their own writing to our Second Annual STEM writing contest to show us what they’ve learned.


Unit 5: Argumentative Writing

The demand for evidence-based argumentative writing is now woven into school assignments across the curriculum and grade levels, and you couldn’t ask for better real-world examples than what you can find in The Times Opinion section .

This unit will, like our others, be supported with writing prompts, mentor-text lesson plans, webinars and more. We’ll also focus on the winning teenage writing we’ve received over the six years we’ve run our related contest.

At a time when media literacy is more important than ever, we also hope that our annual Student Editorial Contest can serve as a final project that encourages students to broaden their information diets with a range of reliable sources, and learn from a variety of perspectives on their chosen issue.

To help students working from home, we also have an Argumentative Unit for Students Doing Remote Learning .

Unit 6: Writing for Podcasts

Most of our writing units so far have all asked for essays of one kind or another, but this spring contest invites students to do what journalists at The Times do every day: make multimedia to tell a story, investigate an issue or communicate a concept.

Our annual podcast contest gives students the freedom to talk about anything they want in any form they like. In the past we’ve had winners who’ve done personal narratives, local travelogues, opinion pieces, interviews with community members, local investigative journalism and descriptions of scientific discoveries.

As with all our other units, we have supported this contest with great examples from The Times and around the web, as well as with mentor texts by teenagers that offer guided practice in understanding elements and techniques.


Unit 7: Independent Reading and Writing

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more “voice and choice,” this unit, based on our annual summer contest, offers both.

Every year since 2010 we have invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, 70,000 have. Every week for 10 weeks, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them on our site.

And we’ve used our Mentor Text feature to spotlight the work of past winners , explain why newsroom judges admired their thinking, and provide four steps to helping any student write better reader-responses.

Because this is our most open-ended contest — students can choose whatever they like, and react however they like — it has proved over the years to be a useful place for young writers to hone their voices, practice skills and take risks . Join us!

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Bell Ringers

Teaching literary analysis in middle school.

My literary analysis resources have basically been seven or eight years in the making.

I don’t know about you, but when I first realized I needed to be teaching literary analysis to a bunch of twelve and thirteen year-olds, I didn’t even know where to begin.

I had been teaching upper elementary in the three years prior, and we had done some on-demand literary analysis reading responses, but really digging into a literary analysis essay overwhelmed me.

Truth be told, my teaching strengths at the time were primarily reading and math. I had always had to dig deep to find my writing teacher voice.

But, I was now a seventh and eighth grade ELA teacher who could no longer hope her students picked up some writing skills along the way.

So I did what any good teacher would do…. I Googled how to teach…

I think I Googled something like, “Examples of middle school literary analysis essays.”

Nothing showed up in Google.

Then I Googled, “How do you teach literary analysis essays?”

I was able to find an example of a college-level literary analysis essay…

… and that was about it.

Because I couldn’t really find what I was looking for, I began creating and practicing each step of the literary analysis essay before I taught it.

This also created a ton of exemplars for my students.

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I broke down each area of a literary analysis essay into lessons, chunks, chart papers, reference materials, and writing examples.

In the beginning, it was to get my brain wrapped around things, but not surprisingly it was exactly what my students needed too.

I literally learned how to write a literary analysis essay in front of them.

I would type my rough drafts as they were working and I could stop them as I came to struggles.

My mini-lessons were based on challenges I was having and again, not surprisingly the same challenges they were having.

I could also make reference pages (like the ones in your freebie) as we went along in the unit, because I could see what terms and concepts they needed constant reminders and help with.

Want to know what happened?

My student’s ELA proficiency scores increased 45% in one year and almost 70% in just two years. Those are not typos.

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Writing has a funny way of bringing the world around us to sharp contrast — which is why creative writing prompts might turn out to be just the trick to get the imaginations of your middle school students going! Whether you make it a journaling activity in the classroom or an interactive project to get your middle schoolers swapping ideas with friends, a writing prompt can do it all for kids: improve their writing skills, skyrocket their creativity, and broaden their perspective beyond the confines of school.

This directory is bursting with the best writing ideas about animals, people, and nature. Feel free to use any of these writing prompts for middle school to help turn your students into young writers with a story of their own.

If you're looking to cut to the chase, here's a list of top ten favorite writing prompts for middle schoolers:

  • A character finds an old roll of film, and takes it to be developed. What do they find?
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  • Write a story about someone struggling to swallow some harsh (but fair) constructive criticism.
  • Write a story in the form of a top-ten list.
  • Write a story inspired by a piece of music (without using any lyrics).
  • Write a story that focuses on the relationship between siblings.
  • Write a story involving a character donating a box of clothes they have outgrown.

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Essay Writing: A complete guide for students and teachers

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Essay writing is an essential skill for every student. Whether writing a particular academic essay (such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive, or expository) or a timed exam essay, the key to getting good at writing is to write. Creating opportunities for our students to engage in extended writing activities will go a long way to helping them improve their skills as scribes.

But, putting the hours in alone will not be enough to attain the highest levels in essay writing. Practice must be meaningful. Once students have a broad overview of how to structure the various types of essays, they are ready to narrow in on the minor details that will enable them to fine-tune their work as a lean vehicle of their thoughts and ideas.

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In this article, we will drill down to some aspects that will assist students in taking their essay writing skills up a notch. Many ideas and activities can be integrated into broader lesson plans based on essay writing. Often, though, they will work effectively in isolation – just as athletes isolate physical movements to drill that are relevant to their sport. When these movements become second nature, they can be repeated naturally in the context of the game or in our case, the writing of the essay.


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Planning an essay

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The Boys Scouts’ motto is famously ‘Be Prepared’. It’s a solid motto that can be applied to most aspects of life; essay writing is no different. Given the purpose of an essay is generally to present a logical and reasoned argument, investing time in organising arguments, ideas, and structure would seem to be time well spent.

Given that essays can take a wide range of forms and that we all have our own individual approaches to writing, it stands to reason that there will be no single best approach to the planning stage of essay writing. That said, there are several helpful hints and techniques we can share with our students to help them wrestle their ideas into a writable form. Let’s take a look at a few of the best of these:


Whether students are tackling an assignment that you have set for them in class or responding to an essay prompt in an exam situation, they should get into the habit of analyzing the nature of the task. To do this, they should unravel the question’s meaning or prompt. Students can practice this in class by responding to various essay titles, questions, and prompts, thereby gaining valuable experience breaking these down.

Have students work in groups to underline and dissect the keywords and phrases and discuss what exactly is being asked of them in the task. Are they being asked to discuss, describe, persuade, or explain? Understanding the exact nature of the task is crucial before going any further in the planning process, never mind the writing process .


Once students have understood what the essay task asks them, they should consider what they know about the topic and, often, how they feel about it. When teaching essay writing, we so often emphasize that it is about expressing our opinions on things, but for our younger students what they think about something isn’t always obvious, even to themselves.

Brainstorming and mind-mapping what they know about a topic offers them an opportunity to uncover not just what they already know about a topic, but also gives them a chance to reveal to themselves what they think about the topic. This will help guide them in structuring their research and, later, the essay they will write . When writing an essay in an exam context, this may be the only ‘research’ the student can undertake before the writing, so practicing this will be even more important.


The previous step above should reveal to students the general direction their research will take. With the ubiquitousness of the internet, gone are the days of students relying on a single well-thumbed encyclopaedia from the school library as their sole authoritative source in their essay. If anything, the real problem for our students today is narrowing down their sources to a manageable number. Students should use the information from the previous step to help here. At this stage, it is important that they:

●      Ensure the research material is directly relevant to the essay task

●      Record in detail the sources of the information that they will use in their essay

●      Engage with the material personally by asking questions and challenging their own biases

●      Identify the key points that will be made in their essay

●      Group ideas, counterarguments, and opinions together

●      Identify the overarching argument they will make in their own essay.

Once these stages have been completed the student is ready to organise their points into a logical order.


There are a number of ways for students to organize their points in preparation for writing. They can use graphic organizers , post-it notes, or any number of available writing apps. The important thing for them to consider here is that their points should follow a logical progression. This progression of their argument will be expressed in the form of body paragraphs that will inform the structure of their finished essay.

The number of paragraphs contained in an essay will depend on a number of factors such as word limits, time limits, the complexity of the question etc. Regardless of the essay’s length, students should ensure their essay follows the Rule of Three in that every essay they write contains an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Generally speaking, essay paragraphs will focus on one main idea that is usually expressed in a topic sentence that is followed by a series of supporting sentences that bolster that main idea. The first and final sentences are of the most significance here with the first sentence of a paragraph making the point to the reader and the final sentence of the paragraph making the overall relevance to the essay’s argument crystal clear. 

Though students will most likely be familiar with the broad generic structure of essays, it is worth investing time to ensure they have a clear conception of how each part of the essay works, that is, of the exact nature of the task it performs. Let’s review:

Common Essay Structure

Introduction: Provides the reader with context for the essay. It states the broad argument that the essay will make and informs the reader of the writer’s general perspective and approach to the question.

Body Paragraphs: These are the ‘meat’ of the essay and lay out the argument stated in the introduction point by point with supporting evidence.

Conclusion: Usually, the conclusion will restate the central argument while summarising the essay’s main supporting reasons before linking everything back to the original question.


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●      Each paragraph should focus on a single main idea

●      Paragraphs should follow a logical sequence; students should group similar ideas together to avoid incoherence

●      Paragraphs should be denoted consistently; students should choose either to indent or skip a line

●      Transition words and phrases such as alternatively , consequently , in contrast should be used to give flow and provide a bridge between paragraphs.


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Students shouldn’t expect their essays to emerge from the writing process perfectly formed. Except in exam situations and the like, thorough editing is an essential aspect in the writing process. 

Often, students struggle with this aspect of the process the most. After spending hours of effort on planning, research, and writing the first draft, students can be reluctant to go back over the same terrain they have so recently travelled. It is important at this point to give them some helpful guidelines to help them to know what to look out for. The following tips will provide just such help: 

One Piece at a Time: There is a lot to look out for in the editing process and often students overlook aspects as they try to juggle too many balls during the process. One effective strategy to combat this is for students to perform a number of rounds of editing with each focusing on a different aspect. For example, the first round could focus on content, the second round on looking out for word repetition (use a thesaurus to help here), with the third attending to spelling and grammar.

Sum It Up: When reviewing the paragraphs they have written, a good starting point is for students to read each paragraph and attempt to sum up its main point in a single line. If this is not possible, their readers will most likely have difficulty following their train of thought too and the paragraph needs to be overhauled.

Let It Breathe: When possible, encourage students to allow some time for their essay to ‘breathe’ before returning to it for editing purposes. This may require some skilful time management on the part of the student, for example, a student rush-writing the night before the deadline does not lend itself to effective editing. Fresh eyes are one of the sharpest tools in the writer’s toolbox.

Read It Aloud: This time-tested editing method is a great way for students to identify mistakes and typos in their work. We tend to read things more slowly when reading aloud giving us the time to spot errors. Also, when we read silently our minds can often fill in the gaps or gloss over the mistakes that will become apparent when we read out loud.

Phone a Friend: Peer editing is another great way to identify errors that our brains may miss when reading our own work. Encourage students to partner up for a little ‘you scratch my back, I scratch yours’.

Use Tech Tools: We need to ensure our students have the mental tools to edit their own work and for this they will need a good grasp of English grammar and punctuation. However, there are also a wealth of tech tools such as spellcheck and grammar checks that can offer a great once-over option to catch anything students may have missed in earlier editing rounds.

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Putting the Jewels on Display: While some struggle to edit, others struggle to let go. There comes a point when it is time for students to release their work to the reader. They must learn to relinquish control after the creation is complete. This will be much easier to achieve if the student feels that they have done everything in their control to ensure their essay is representative of the best of their abilities and if they have followed the advice here, they should be confident they have done so.


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Short Argumentative Essay Samples for Middle School

Argumentative essays play a significant role in helping students develop critical thinking and persuasive writing skills. Middle school is the perfect time to introduce young learners to practice writing well-structured argumentative essays. In this article, we’ll give you some short argumentative essay samples for middle school students.

The Significance of Argumentative Essays in Middle School

Argumentative essays serve as a powerful tool in the middle school curriculum for several reasons:

  • Critical Thinking : Writing argumentative essays encourages students to think critically. They must evaluate evidence, analyze different perspectives, and form their own opinions.
  • Persuasive Writing Skills : Developing the ability to persuade others through well-reasoned arguments is a valuable skill that extends beyond the classroom.
  • Research Skills : Writing an argumentative essay often requires students to research and cite credible sources, enhancing their research skills.
  • Communication Skills : Crafting a coherent argument helps students improve their written and oral communication skills.

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You can see the following argumentative essay samples which are really relatable to your homework, project, assignments or personal practice to develop your skills in writing an effective argumentative essays.

Short Argumentative Essay Samples 1

Should students be allowed to have cellphones in school?

Have you ever left one of your books at home when you needed it in the class? You might answer ‘yes’ to the question, but this problem won’t be a big deal if you can just call your family home, right? However, there are some schools that do not allow you to bring your cellphone to school. This situation has created the question of whether students should be allowed to have cell phones in school or not. While some argue that cell phones are disruptive and can hinder learning, I believe that there are strong reasons to support their use in educational settings.

One of the primary reasons students should be allowed to have cell phones in school is for communication purposes. In emergency situations, having a cell phone can be a lifesaver. Parents can reach their children in case of unforeseen circumstances, ensuring their safety. Moreover, students can communicate with their peers and teachers, fostering a collaborative and communicative learning environment.

Cell phones offer access to a vast array of educational resources. With the internet at their fingertips, students can easily look up information, conduct research, and access educational apps. This access can significantly enhance their learning experience, allowing them to delve deeper into subjects and explore a wealth of knowledge beyond traditional classroom materials.

Permitting cell phones in schools can also be a valuable lesson in responsibility. Students must learn to manage their devices appropriately and refrain from using them during class unless instructed otherwise. This promotes self-discipline and helps prepare them for responsible technology use in their future careers.

It’s true that cell phones can be a source of distraction. Critics argue that students may use them to text, play games, or engage in social media during class, diverting their attention from the lesson. However, this challenge can be effectively addressed through policies and guidelines that restrict cell phone use during the class. For example, teachers ask students to collect their cell phones on the designated shelf in the class. At recess, the students can have the phone and use it. When the break time is over, they have to put the phone back; therefore, there will not be any distraction during the next classroom activities.

In conclusion, allowing students to have cell phones in school can be a wise decision if managed effectively. These devices can enhance communication, provide access to educational resources, and teach responsibility. While concerns about distractions are valid, they can be reduced with well-defined guidelines and supervision. Ultimately, embracing technology in the classroom can help students prepare for the digital world they will encounter in the future.

Short Argumentative Essay Samples 2

Is homework necessary for student success, or should it be eliminated?

Homework has long been a subject of debate in our school. Some argue that it is a fundamental component of our success, while others believe it should be eliminated. In my opinion, the merits of homework as a tool for enriching our achievements are irreplaceable. 

Homework fosters our responsibility and time management skills. It encourages us to allocate our time wisely, ensuring that we complete our assignments within the given deadlines. These skills are invaluable in the real world, where meeting deadlines and managing one’s time efficiently are crucial. As we know, if we cannot meet the deadline, problems will arise. These problems teach us to avoid delaying something. At the end of the day, the time management skills we learn from doing homework are really crucial in our daily lives.

Homework reinforces what we have learned in the classroom. Repetition is an essential aspect of learning, and homework provides us with the opportunity to practice what we have been taught. This practice leads to better retention of information and an improved understanding of the subject matter. The more we practice, the better we understand the matter. On top of that, some of us might miss something the teacher explains to us. By doing homework, we can get the point that you have missed. Personally, I often feel that I understand more after doing homework.

Homework promotes independent learning. It allows us to dig deeper into a topic, conduct research, and develop problem-solving skills. Independent learning is an invaluable skill that empowers us to take charge of our education and prepares us for lifelong learning.

However, some of us argue that homework can lead to stress and burnout. It is important to acknowledge this concern, but the key is to strike a balance. Teachers should assign reasonable amounts of homework, taking into consideration of our age and extracurricular activities. Additionally, teachers should also design homework that is interesting to do. Therefore, we can enjoy doing the task. Besides, teachers should also wisely provide enough time for us to do the homework. Giving enough can reduce the pressure that the homework might cause. So, we can avoid stress and burnout if teachers properly manage the homework.

To summarize, homework plays a vital role in enhancing student success. It instills responsibility, reinforces learning, and promotes independent study. While concerns about excessive homework are valid, the solution lies in thoughtful assignments and effective time management. Homework is not an enemy but a valuable ally in the pursuit of academic excellence.

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Short Argumentative Essay Samples 3

Should school uniforms be mandatory?

In recent years, people debate over whether school uniforms should be mandatory or not. Some argue that uniforms can create a sense of belonging, improve discipline, and reduce socio-economic inequalities. On the other hand, opponents contend that they limit self-expression and can be costly for families. In my opinion, we, students, must wear uniforms for many beneficial reasons.

To begin with, mandating school uniforms can foster a sense of belonging among us. When we wear the same attire, it reduces the visibility of economic disparities, making us feel equal. This, in turn, can contribute to a more inclusive and cohesive school environment. By having uniforms, we feel that we belong to one another. We feel like we are one family.

Uniforms can be a tool for improving discipline, safety, and security. First, when we are dressed uniformly, it becomes easier to identify outsiders, reducing the likelihood of intruders on school grounds. This enhanced security can contribute to a safer learning environment. Secondly, wearing uniforms train us to abide by the rules and regulations. Having uniforms teaches us discipline because we realize that only certain dress is allowed at school. Finally, having a well-designed uniform can also improve our safety. The connection between the dress materials, the size, and the style with types of motion and activities the students do can only be measured by design experts. Not having uniforms will lead us to carelessly choose what kind of dress we wear. At the end of the day, it will reduce our safety. So, I think it is safer to wear school uniforms.

School uniforms can help reduce socio-economic inequalities. Without the pressure to wear expensive, trendy clothing, we can focus on their studies rather than competing in the fashion arena. This levels the playing field, ensuring that we are not judged based on our clothes. As we know, people always want to be the center of attention. School uniforms prevent us from abusing the capability of purchasing attractive clothes, which will demotivate some of us who have less money.

Some people claim that uniforms limit self-expression. While this is an understandable concern, it is important to note that self-expression can still thrive through various means, such as creative accessories or personal grooming choices. Uniforms need not suffocate individuality. Students also have a lot of chances of wearing their favorite clothes outside the school.

To sum up, the mandatory use of school uniforms can create a sense of belonging, improve discipline, and reduce socio-economic inequalities. The benefits of school uniforms in fostering a positive educational environment are vital.

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To Remember

Creating effective short argumentative essay samples for middle school students is a vital step in their academic development. These essays not only sharpen critical thinking and writing skills but also prepare students for the challenges of the real world. By choosing relevant topics, maintaining a clear structure, and encouraging thoughtful arguments, educators can help middle school students become proficient in the art of persuasion and critical thinking.

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25 Expository essay topics for Middle School by Category


Expository Essays explain a particular topic in a detailed, logical and straightforward manner. These types of essays are completely informative. They do not include any references or any opinion of the writer. The tone of an expository essay is kept neutral. Hence, while writing an expository essay you will be expected to illustrate, define, explain or clarify the topic in a way that the readers can easily understand it completely. You may provide arguments, conduct an investigation or evaluate things in order to provide a clear explanation to your readers.

Essay writing is an art. It is an essential skill to have which is why you’re going to require essay topics for Grade 7 , 8, 9, and 10. You may have to do a lot of creative writing in middle school . Writing is a must-have school and these activities in school prepare you for it.

Types of Expository Essays

  • Descriptive Essay – describes a place, thing or an experience
  • Problem-Solution Essay – presents a problem and its solution
  • Cause-Effect Essay – finds the cause of something and its impact
  • Comparison Essay – compares and contrasts two things
  • Process Essay – explains a process

How to Choose a Topic for your Expository Essay?

The most difficult and important aspect of essay writing is choosing the ‘right topic’. Many times students choose a difficult topic for which they need to conduct a lot of research which however makes essay writing difficult. Here are 4 quick tips on picking up the right topic –

  • Understand the purpose of writing the essay
  • Brainstorm some ideas and hence make an informed choice
  • Always conduct background research on the topic that you choose to understand its scope
  • Start with an outline first! Do not start writing straight away.

Expository Essay Samples

To help you get a better idea of what an expository essay is, consider the samples given below –

Topic: How Students can spend Their Leisure Time

Students have got a lot to handle! From attending classes to completing assignments, and participating in extracurricular activities, the small amount of leisure time that remains for them should be utilized in the best way possible. Students must choose their activities wisely as the way they spend their leisure time can reflect upon their physical and mental well-being.

Sports and Exercises

With most activities being sedentary nowadays, students should find some time to indulge in any kind of sports activity or a workout routine of their choice. Studies have shown that continuous sitting can lead to adverse effects on the health of students. Hence exercise and sports are good choices for students.

Developing Hobbies

Gardening, reading, writing, drawing, painting, or even cooking, there are numerous hobbies to choose from. Students should find some time for pursuing their hobbies, exploring new ones and enhancing their skills as a part of their leisure activity. No one knows when your hobby becomes your passion and hence gives a pathway to your success!

Time to Relax!

It is essential for us to learn to quiet our minds in this busy world. Hence students should develop a habit to relax and practice mindfulness every day. They can pick up any activity for this like meditation, yoga, listening to music, or even sitting with their family and friends. It is crucial for students to stay calm and find time, particularly for them for their mental and spiritual well-being.

These activities can help students take control of their lives. Picking up an activity that does not involve intellect, that is unlike school activities, can help students find a balance in their life. They can relax, play, grow and discover their true potential only through proper utilization of their leisure time.

Expository Essay Topics

Got a gist of how to write an expository essay? Let us have a look at some easy yet interesting expository essays that you can use –

Descriptive Essay

1. Describe your School 2. Describe your Pet 3. How Diversity can affect a Classroom? 4. Why do we Celebrate Christmas? 5. When you saw Snow for the first time

Problem-Solution Essay

1. Many students do not watch the news. How can this be a matter of concern for them? Are there any solutions to this issue? 2. Animal Abuse and Its Solutions 3. Global Warming and Its Solutions 4. What is Deforestation? Why is it a serious issue? How can this issue be solved? 5. How can we make our Community a Better Place?

Cause-Effect Essay

1. How air Pollution is affecting our Health? 2. Bullying in Schools – Causes and Effects 3. Peer Pressure and its Effects 4. Effects of Using Social Media 5. How Poverty affects urban and rural areas

Comparison Essay

1. Compare your two favourite sportspersons 2. Compare your current house to your dream home 3. Compare your two favourite TV shows 4. Watches – then and now! 5. Compare a place you visited recently with your city

Process Essay

1. How to Make Friends 2. How to Study 3. How to Take Care of your Dog 4. How to Fix a Table Fan 5. How to Write a Diary Entry

Got some inspiration to start with your own essay? So why delay? Start wiring your essay today itself. We hope that these topics would have given you a fair idea of what topic you can choose for your expository essay. Happy Writing!

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2023’s Best Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

26 Dec, 2023 | Blog Articles , English Language Articles , Get the Edge , Writing Articles

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From the ancient epic poems of Homer to the haunting short stories of Shirley Jackson, via Russian greats like Leo Tolstoy, and the formal experiments of Virginia Woolf, creative writing has been a crucial part of society for millennia. Whether through novels, poems or memoirs, writing creatively has always been an important and evolving outlet for people to express unique ideas and emotions.

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What Is Creative Writing?

When we write creatively, we write for self-expression – however that may look on the page. 

Unlike essays and exams, where adhering to a structure is often essential, creative writing offers you a unique chance to disregard the rules, or create brand new ones!

What are the Benefits of Creative Writing for Middle School Students?

I. developing language skills.

Oftentimes w hen we write essays, teachers advise us to use vocabulary we know and understand. Creative writing offers us the freedom to experiment and expand our vocabulary, and to use phrases we might not use in everyday life or in academia. 

This makes creative writing a great way to learn a valuable skill applicable in virtually every walk of life – communication.

II. Encouraging self-expression

Creative writing is also an excellent tool for exploring your unique perspective and voice in a vast world of digital information.

Understanding and embracing this individuality can boost your confidence in your own academic and professional voice – as well as your creative one – and sharing your inner world with confidence is an enviable skill!

III. Enhancing critical thinking

Writing creatively is as much about editing as it is about writing. Choosing what to include and what to omit, from plot to characterisation, will help you think critically about your own work in a way that can be easily applied to your academic work. 

When you write creatively, consider not only the choices you’re making but why you’re making them. What are the consequences of particular narrative decisions, and what do these decisions represent in regard to the wider story you’re telling? Thinking in this way will help develop your analytical and problem-solving skills for university and your future career, giving you a boost in your applications.

IV. Promoting confidence

As well as the confidence you gain by developing your own creative voice, seeing a creative writing project through to completion is sure to give you an enormous sense of accomplishment and reinforce your belief in your own abilities. 

Many people say they’ll write a novel or a short story one day, but few end up getting round to it, so having a finished piece of creative writing is an incredibly impressive indication of your determined and proactive approach to work.

V. Preparing for future success

T he skills you develop through writing creatively are surprisingly transferable to the rest of your life. 

Critical thinking, creativity, communication, problem-solving, and good written English are skills valued by virtually every employer – and there’s no better (or more fun!) way of developing these essential skills than through creative writing. 

Having a good set of skills in your academic armoury will serve you well when applying to university and beyond, so honing them is key.

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Often the hardest part of creative writing is sitting down and seeing a blank page in front of you. Starting with a writing prompt is a great way to get your ideas flowing, so we’ve listed a few of our favourites below!

Once you’ve found a writing prompt that interests you, you can:

  • Begin brainstorming ideas, themes and characters based on your chosen prompt 
  • Plan as much – or as little! – of the structure as you’d like 
  • Reflect on the type of writing style you’re going to approach your work with. Is it a short narrative story, a poem, a creative essay, or a play? Is it a combination of all four? 
  • Research creative writing tips online to refine your work

Don’t forget to share your work with friends, parents or teachers if you need some constructive feedback!

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The Best Middle School Creative Writing Prompts of 2023

Imaginary worlds.

1. A boy wakes up one day and all modern technology has disappeared – nobody but him remembers it ever existing.

2. A woman meets an assortment of people who appear to be characters straight from her novel.

3. While on a school trip, a group of friends get lost and discover a bridge that leads to another world.

4. A girl wakes up one day and is transported to a world where children are leaders and adults are forced to go to school.

5. A crazy scientist discovers that magic is real and sets about proving it.

Mystery and suspense

1. Students in a school class are disappearing. One student realises they’re disappearing in the order their names are read out in the register. He has to work out what’s happening before his name is next.

2. A couple go missing the night before their wedding, leaving behind a trail of clues. It’s up to the best-man and the bridesmaid to solve the mystery before the big day.

3. A man wakes up in a strange room with no memory. The only clue he has about his former life is a diary written in code.

4. A girl buys a necklace from a flea market and quickly realises it used to belong to a murder victim. She believes the necklace holds the clues to catching the killer.

5. A boy’s vivid dreams begin to come true in real life.

Magical adventures

1. A girl is tasked with finding the last living giant in a world that doesn’t believe they ever existed.

2. A young King Arthur wakes up in the body of a schoolboy in 2023.

3. A medieval knight discovers a smartphone that has been left behind by a time traveller and uses it to outwit his enemies.

4. A modern woman discovers she’s a witch and begins to curse people who wrong her.

5. A girl discovers she’s the direct descendent of a group of evil sorcerers.

Historical journeys

1. A girl’s family cat transports her to ancient Egypt.

2. The model who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa wakes up in the present day and has to deal with being the most recognisable figure in the world.

3. A boy finds himself on a 16th-century pirate ship and has to befriend his new shipmates.

4. A girl wakes up in Pompeii days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and has to convince the townspeople to flee their homes.

5. A boy finds himself in Elizabethan England and must convince a young William Shakespeare not to give up on writing.

Outer space and sci-fi

1. When a boy’s parents are replaced by aliens, it’s up to him to uncover the truth.

2. A group of friends discover a portal that leads to a planet which looks identical to Earth, but isn’t what it seems.

3. A woman discovers that her boss has been colluding with an alien race in order to take over the world.

4. An evil billionaire creates an army of robots in order to take over the planet. A group of amateur hackers decide they can hack the system and prevent destruction.

5. A developer launches a virtual-reality game so realistic that people begin to worry that he has actually created an alternate universe.

Everyday adventures

1. When a town with a small population completely floods, it’s up to the handful of residents to protect themselves and each other.

2. A car chase between an ordinary truck driver and a gang of criminals spans the length of America.

3. A group of hikers become trapped in a cave and don’t have long before their supplies run out completely.

4. A man witnesses a murder while working as a delivery driver in the small hours of the morning.

5. A woman discovers a conspiracy within the company she works for and seeks to uncover it.

Family and relationships

1. A family is made to wrestle with a dark and shocking discovery about their ancestors.

2. An estranged mother and daughter are forced to reconnect when one of them is diagnosed with a rare, terminal illness.

3. A successful politician deals privately with the abrupt end of her marriage.

4. A woman meets the love of her life on her travels and has to decide whether to go back home or move to a new country.

5. A brother and a sister put their differences aside to help support their ageing mother.

Magical creatures

1. A boy finds a unicorn living at the bottom of his garden, but only he can see it.

2. Siblings discover that their mum is secretly a witch.

3. A girl discovers that all the pictures she draws of mythical creatures come alive.

4. A boy gets lost in the woods and is adopted by a family of giants.

5. A wicked witch turns a boy into a frog to punish him for bullying his schoolmates.

Humorous adventures

1. A boy who hates studying history gets sent back in time.

2. A man is mistaken for a celebrity and gets to live his dream.

3. An escaped convict accidentally finds themselves on a reality TV show.

4. A vampire who loves human blood but is otherwise a strict vegan.

5. A teenager who is addicted to social media wakes up in a time before technology.

Superhero scenarios

1. A superhero has to get an office job because they run out of money.

2. A girl with the power to predict the future has to decide whether to use her powers to get rich or to help others.

3. An elderly man discovers he has super strength.

4. A superhero with the ability to read minds tries to foil the evil plans of a popular presidential candidate.

5. A girl discovers she has superpowers but only for one day a week and she forgets she has powers for the rest of the week.

Dystopian worlds

1. The wealthiest people in the world stage a fake apocalypse so they can create a new society in which they’ll be powerful forever.

2. The government announces that due to overpopulation, having children will be made illegal. A woman discovers she is pregnant and must go on the run.

3. A new continent is discovered that’s been secretly running the rest of the world.

4. A war breaks out in which robots fight instead of soldiers, but one person discovers that the soldiers are, in fact, real people.

5. In the year 2090, technology has been banned and people live simpler but harder lives. The final generation of people who remember technology come up with a plan to bring it back.

Time travel tales

1. A boy goes back in time to save his parents who tragically died when he was a baby.

2. A girl wakes up in an ancient civilisation and is hailed as a mythical Goddess because of her strange, modern clothes and her phone.

3. A boy who is struggling with his maths homework goes back in time and is tutored by the ancient Greek mathematicians.

4. A brother and sister travel back to Victorian England and realise how differently they’re treated because of their gender.

5. A boy travels back to the 1960s and accidentally stops The Beatles from forming.

Survival stories

1. A group of friends must save their classmates when their teachers are killed by a mysterious force during a school trip.

2. Passengers on a train are held hostage and it’s up to one woman to save the day.

3. After retreating to an underground bunker during a nuclear disaster, three friends begin to run out of supplies and have to decide whether it’s safe to emerge.

4. While a group of friends are camping in the woods, they are attacked and imprisoned by a group of criminals and must escape.

5. When a group of influencers are stranded on a luxury desert island, they must battle the elements and each other to survive.

Monstrous adventures

1. A ghost begins terrorising a group of friends at a boarding school.

2. A group of hikers come face to face with a troll who is intent on feeding them to his family.

3. A girl wakes up in Transylvania and must outwit an evil vampire who is luring locals to his castle.

4. A friendly giant is appalled by the behaviour of his family and tries to save the local humans they trap.

5. A schoolteacher turns out to be a werewolf and is preying upon the pupils he dislikes most.

With the help of our creative writing prompts, you’re just a step away from beginning your own storytelling journey. 

Remember, all your favourite books started out as just a flash of inspiration!


Sam is a recent English graduate from the University of Bristol whose interests include twentieth-century fiction, film, and cultural criticism.

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Persuasive Essay Topics: Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Persuasive writing is one of those skills that can help students succeed in real life.  Persuasive essays are similar to argumentative , but they rely less on facts and more on emotion to sway the reader. It’s important to know your audience so you can anticipate any counterarguments they might make and try to overcome them. Try reading some mentor texts to show kids great examples of opinion writing. Then use these persuasive essay topics for practice.

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Life and ethics persuasive essay topics, science and technology persuasive essay topics, sports and entertainment persuasive essay topics, just for fun persuasive essay topics.


  • Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

  • Students should/should not be able to use their phones during the school day.
  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • If I could change one school rule, it would be …
  • Is year-round school a good idea?
  • Should we stop giving final exams?
  • Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

  • Which is better, private schools or public schools?
  • Should every student have to participate in athletics?
  • Do you think schools should ban junk food from their cafeterias?
  • Should students be required to volunteer in their communities?
  • What is the most important school subject?
  • Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

  • Is it ever OK to cheat on homework or a test?
  • Should students get to grade their teachers?
  • Do you think college should be free for anyone who wants to attend?
  • Should schools be allowed to ban some books from their libraries?
  • Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

  • Should all students have to learn a foreign language?
  • Are single-gender schools better or worse for students?
  • Is it OK to eat animals?
  • What animal makes the best pet?
  • Visit an animal shelter, choose an animal that needs a home, and write an essay persuading someone to adopt that animal.
  • If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

  • Who faces more peer pressure, girls or boys?
  • Should all Americans be required to vote?
  • Is it better to be kind or truthful?
  • Which is better, giving or receiving?
  • Is it OK to keep animals in zoos?
  • Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

  • Which is more important, happiness or success?
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • Is social media helpful or harmful?
  • Should parents be punished for their children’s mistakes or crimes?
  • Should kids have set bedtimes or just go to bed when they’re sleepy?
  • Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

  • Is it better to save your allowance or spend it?
  • Should we ban plastic bags and bottles?
  • Which is better, living in the city or in the country?
  • If I could make a new law, it would be …
  • Is Pluto a planet?
  • Should human cloning be legal?
  • Should vaccines be mandatory?
  • Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

  • Should testing on animals be made illegal?
  • Will expanded use of artificial intelligence be good for humanity?
  • Should all people have free Internet access in their homes?
  • Is there intelligent life on other planets?
  • Does technology create more jobs than it eliminates?
  • Should parents use their children’s cell phones to track where they are?
  • Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

  • What’s the best type of smartphone: Android or iPhone?
  • Which is better, Macs or PCs?
  • Do people rely too much on technology in the modern world?
  • Should cryptocurrencies replace cash?
  • Should there be a minimum age requirement to own a smartphone?
  • Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

  • Should kids under 13 be allowed to use social media sites?
  • Should we ban cigarette smoking and vaping entirely?
  • Is it better to be an animal that lives in the water or on land?
  • Should kids be allowed to watch TV on school nights?
  • Which is better, paper books or e-books?
  • Is the current movie rating system (G, PG, PG-13, etc.) effective?
  • Are video games better than board games?
  • Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

  • Which is better, reading books or watching TV?
  • Does playing violent video games make people more violent in real life?
  • Are graphic novels just as valuable as traditional fictional books?
  • Should everyone play on the same sports teams, regardless of gender?
  • Choose a book that’s been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

Choose a book that's been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

  • Who is the world’s best athlete, present or past?
  • Are professional athletes/musicians/actors overpaid?
  • Which is better, fiction or nonfiction?
  • The best music genre is …
  • What is one book that everyone should read?
  • What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

  • What’s the best video game system?
  • Does playing video games make you smarter?
  • Does reality TV actually depict real life?
  • Should all neighborhoods have free parks and playgrounds?
  • What’s the best holiday?
  • The very best food of all time is …
  • Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

  • What’s the best season of the year?
  • Should you put ketchup on a hot dog?
  • Is a taco a sandwich?
  • Does fruit count as dessert?
  • Should people have to go to school or work on their birthday?
  • Are clowns scary or funny?
  • Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

  • The best pizza topping is …
  • What would be the best superpower to have?
  • Should everyone make their bed every day?
  • Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
  • Should you put pineapple on a pizza?
  • Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

  • Describe the world’s best ice cream sundae.
  • Is Monday the worst day of the week?
  • Would you rather travel back in time or forward in time?
  • Is it better to be too hot or too cold?
  • Are there aliens living among us here on Earth?

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14 Best Writing Books for Middle and High School Students

By Med Kharbach, PhD | Published: March 23, 2023 | Updated: March 21, 2024

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Writing can be a daunting task for middle and high school students. I taught them for many years and I know exactly how they feel about it. I used to tell my students that to be a good writer you need to be a good reader. Unlike other literacy skills, writing is strictly related to reading, the more you read the better writer you become.

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With this in mind, I went ahead and curated this list of some very good writing books for middle and high school students. From the basics of essay-writing to finding one’s creative voice, these books offer valuable advice and guidance to improve students writing skills. Whether you’re a student yourself or a teacher of middle or high school students, these writing books will provide you with the resources and tools necessary for success.

Writing Books for Middle and High School Students

Here is our collection of writing books for middle and high school students:

1. Be a Better Writer: For School, For Fun, For Anyone Ages 10-15, by Steve Peha, Margot Carmichael Lester 

Writing Books for Middle and High School Students

Be a Better Writer: For School, For Fun, For Anyone Ages 10-15 is a book written by Steve Peha and Margot Carmichael Lester to help you become a better writer. This book walks through each of the three sections by providing tips and strategies that will improve your writing.

For school, it includes techniques like What-Why-How and Content-Purpose-Audience to analyze arguments more effectively. For fun, it includes The Five Facts of Fiction to strategize better story lines and description. Finally, the book encourages readers to find their voice, share their stories, and become a better writer now.

2. How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Step-by-Step: Step-by-Step Study Skills , by J Matthews

Writing Books for Middle and High School Students

How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Step-by-Step: Step-by-Step Study Skills, by J Matthews is the perfect companion for any learner looking to improve their writing skills. Not only does this workbook provide a clear, step-by-step approach to essay writing, but it also gives students the confidence that they can master any essay assignment. This workbook covers all the essential aspects of an essay, from pre-writing to editing.

3. Student Voice: 100 Argument Essays by Teens on Issues That Matter to Them , by Katherine Schulten

Writing Books for Middle and High School Students

Student Voice: 100 Argument Essays by Teens on Issues That Matter to Them, by Katherine Schulten is an anthology of essays written by young people on a variety of topics. This book not only provides an opportunity to learn from the perspectives of someone similar in age, but it is also a great way to understand the issues that are important to today’s teens.

The essays in this book cover topics such as technology, gender roles, gun control, and race. Each of the essays has been carefully selected to showcase both the student’s writing style and their ability to persuasively argue their point of view.

4. How To Write Any High School Essay: The Essential Guide , by Jesse Liebman 

How To Write Any High School Essay

How To Write Any High School Essay: The Essential Guide, by Jesse Liebman, is a comprehensive guide to writing any high school essay, no matter the teacher or subject. It is grounded in the real-world experience of tutoring in New York City’s top schools and provides clear and creative guidance for high school writers at all levels, as well as middle schoolers looking to get ahead.

Liebman’s guide outlines the steps for writing an essay and provides sample essays to help writers develop their ideas, express them convincingly, and use their time effectively. Additionally, quick tips are provided throughout the guide to help writers stay focused and organized. How To Write Any High School Essay is essential for any student looking to excel in their English or History classes.

5. Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students , by Mignon Fogarty

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students, written by Mignon Fogarty, is a comprehensive guide for all levels of students. With the help of this guide, readers will learn how to write proper sentences and punctuation, as well as how to use their own style of writing.

In the book, Fogarty provides grammar rules in a humorous and engaging style, as well as pop quizzes to help readers understand each lesson. The book will also cover grammar and punctuation in different contexts, such as the parts of speech and how to use them properly. Finally, the book contains a writing style guide chapter, so readers can learn how to write in their own style.

6. Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing , by Penny Kittle 

Write Beside Them

Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, by Penny Kittle is a comprehensive guide for English/language arts teachers on how to teach writing. It explains best practices, instructional frameworks, genre work, skills work, assessment techniques, and Penny’s own strategies.

She provides detailed teaching information, minilessons for students’ immediate needs, profiles of individual writers, study guide, reproducibles, writing samples from writers and students, suggestions on nurturing your own writing life, and a helpful FAQ.

7. Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises That Are Not Personal, Not Introspective, Not Boring !, by Dawn DiPrince, Cheryl Miller Thurston

Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises That Are Not Personal, Not Introspective, Not Boring

Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises That Are Not Personal, Not Introspective, Not Boring! is an innovative book written by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston. In it, the authors provide 200 unique writing prompts that are entirely impersonal but still engaging for students of all ages.

For example, one prompt is “Explain a new invention that would make life easier for everyone” and another is “Write a bedtime story that all the world’s cultures could agree with.” Along with these questions, the authors provide sample responses to help readers visualize how to answer these questions.

8. Burn After Writing Teen. New Edition , by Rhiannon Shove

Burn After Writing Teen

Burn After Writing Teen, by Rhiannon Shove is an interactive book designed to help young people explore who they are and who they want to be. It includes questions such as “What are your hopes and dreams for the future”, “What do you wish you had more time to do” and “What makes you unique?”

The book provides thought-provoking and inspiring activities, and encourages young people to be brave and open-minded in their responses. The book also offers an opportunity for teens to express themselves honestly, without having to worry about judgement from their peers. And at the end of it all, they can burn the book and start fresh. Burn After Writing Teen is a great tool to help teens explore their identity and learn more about themselves.

9. Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing , by Karen Benke

Rip the Page!

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing, by Karen Benke is an instructional guide for unlocking creative writing potential. It includes exercises, prompts, and words to spark creativity and help writers break through writer’s block.

Readers are provided with lists of “big”, “small”, “gross-out”, and “favorite” words to help them come up with possibilities for their writing. In addition, Benke encourages readers to take dares and double-dares, which can be used to create outrageous paragraphs combining truth and lies. Finally, the book includes letters of encouragement from famous authors such as Annie Barrows, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lemony Snicket, and more.

10. Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly , by Gail Carson Levine

Writing Magic

In Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly, Gail Carson Levine, a Newberry Honor author, provides aspiring authors with the tools they need to create captivating stories. She offers advice on generating ideas and developing characters, as well as how to craft compelling dialogue and beginnings and endings. Writing Magic also offers exercises to spark creativity and get over writer’s block.

Levine shares her wisdom with a unique, humorous voice that encourages aspiring authors to unlock their creative potential and use it to write stories that will stay in the hearts of readers. With Writing Magic, Levine promises readers they can bring their own special magic to the page and create unforgettable stories.

11. Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook , by Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer 

Spilling Ink

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook, by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer, is an invaluable guidebook for aspiring young writers. It provides practical advice on how to find one’s voice, develop characters and plots, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block.

The authors include anecdotes from their own experiences as well as fun writing prompts to help jump-start projects. This book is filled with encouragement and guidance through every step of the writing process, making it an essential tool for young writers who are looking for their place in the literary world.

12. Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning , by Patrick Sebranek, Dave Kemper, Verne Meyer

Writers INC

Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning, by Patrick Sebranek, Dave Kemper, Verne Meyer is an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike. It covers everything related to writing, from the writing process to writing essays and research papers. It provides readers with guidelines, models, rules, and friendly advice to help them with their writing. T

he book also includes sections on reading, learning, speaking, and thinking to make it a comprehensive reference book. In addition to all the information provided, Writers Inc also contains full-color maps, useful tables and charts, and historical documents.

14. Essay Writing for High School Students , by Alexander L. Terego 

Essay Writing for High School Students

Essay Writing for High School Students, by Alexander L. Terego is a comprehensive guide to help students write better essays. It encourages creativity and critical thinking by introducing a “thinking outside the box” approach.

The book provides tips on how to develop a point of view and includes step-by-step instructions, along with exercises and sample essays, to illustrate the techniques. It also includes strategies for developing an effective thesis statement and constructing a strong argument.

Final thoughts

In wrapping up this exploration of invaluable writing resources for middle and high school students, I hope you’ve discovered some gems to inspire and guide young writers on their journey. The books listed offer a treasure trove of advice, strategies, and exercises tailored to developing writers, each designed to illuminate the path from initial concept to polished piece. I highly recommend exploring these titles, whether you’re a student seeking to refine your craft or an educator aiming to inspire your charges.

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20 of the best middle & high school writing books

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If there’s one thing our middle and high schoolers need, it’s more writing practice.

It can get overwhelming trying to figure out what books and workbooks your tweens & teens might need to hone their creative writing skills. So, I thought I’d share 12 of the very best middle and high school writing books with you.

These are the exact books my adolescents use when they want to get the creative juices flowing.

Take a look…

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Spilling Ink

Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on finding a voice, developing characters and plots, making revisions, and overcoming writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

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Burn After Writing: Teen Edition

Burn After Writing is an interactive book that invites you to face life’s big questions: Who are you now? How did you get here? Where are you going? Some questions are fun, some are deep, and some are just plain random. Approach them with courage and creativity. There are no wrong answers. You can take it deadly seriously, have fun with it, or both. It’s up to you. 

Writing Magic

Levine shows how you can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters, and much more. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.

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Be a Better Writer

Improve your creative writing by using The Five Facts of Fiction to dream up compelling characters and powerful plot lines that keep your readers reading from beginning to end. Produce rich descriptions with the Tell-Show strategy. Find your voice and translate your passion to the page, so your readers feel it, too.

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Grammar Girl’s Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

This guide covers it all: the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation are explained clearly and concisely in Grammar Girl’s humorous and accessible style with this school writing book. Pop quizzes are scattered throughout to reinforce the explanations and Grammar Girl’s trademark Quick and Dirty Tips.

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Rip the Page

Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page! This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and rework old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, favorite words, and many adventurous and zany prompts.

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Lessons from Grimm

In  Lessons from Grimm , you’ll dive deeply into how the Grimms handle key elements of genre, character, setting, plot, fairy tale magic, and theme.

Bonus! The appendix includes comprehensive lists of characters, settings, plots, romance tropes, magic objects, and more, saving you hours of research time.

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The Young Adult’s Guide to Flawless Writing

The most important skill you can have in any field or subject is expressing yourself eloquently and confidently in writing. The tools and rules needed are simple, easy to remember, and enclosed within this book. Using this volume, you’ll learn everything you need to know to write in various styles, including essays, short stories, and research papers.

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Go Teen Writers

Learning to write a novel from beginning to end is a challenge. But with this book as your guide, you’ll see that you can finish what you start with the right tools. You’ll be empowered and encouraged—as if you had a writing coach (or three!) sitting alongside you.

The Writing Revolution

The Writing Revolution (TWR) provides a clear method of instruction that you can use no matter what subject or grade level you teach. The model has demonstrated that it can turn weak writers into strong communicators by focusing on specific techniques matching their needs and providing targeted feedback.

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Teen Writer’s Guide

Teen Writer’s Guide is the culmination of years of research and teaching, providing a detailed road map to writing your own story and steering through the detours and pit stops. Perfect for teen writers interested in breaking down the craft of writing in a fun and manageable way.

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Some students don’t want to share intimate details about their thoughts, feelings, and lives―at least not with others in a class or group. That’s where Unjournaling comes in. This book’s writing prompts are impersonal but engaging for both kids and adults.

The book includes sample responses to all questions―a helpful tool for anyone who gets stuck with a topic and wants to see how it can be done!

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Take your writing skills to the next level with these fun and creative story starters for teens. This workbook contains over 100 creative writing prompts for middle and high school teenagers. Kids in grades 8-12 will get plenty of ideas for their next Language Arts class, short story assignment, or storytelling project.

Whether using this book in the classroom or at home, these story starters will banish blank-page anxiety and kick your teen’s imagination into high gear. It’s great for teachers, parents, students, aspiring authors, and anyone who loves to write exciting young adult stories.

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Neon Words  is a book that will illuminate the writer in you. Using the tools and activities here, you’ll connect the word-organizing part of your brain with your free-ranging imagination—and you’ll love what you’ve captured on the page! It’s an exciting, confidence-boosting, and deeply satisfying experience.

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Welcome to the Extravaganza! Journal prompts  kickstart creativity and inspire personal growth by developing critical thinking, emotional maturity, stress tolerance, mindfulness, problem-solving, and communication—all through the power of play! Story starters pair the real-life experiences of everyday teens with creative writing springboards! Where will your story go? The 8th-grade edition  includes common social dilemmas like socializing, gaining acceptance, pushing people’s buttons, building self-confidence growing apart, temptations, and much more!

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In this guided journal, #1  New York Times  bestselling author Angie Thomas shares advice and best practices for developing a true-to-you writing project.  Includes step-by-step craft tips, writing prompts, and exercises. This makes it into our top school writing books because Angie Thomas writes fiction that resonates with young people.

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Why should your middle & high schoolers practice writing at home?

Creative writing skills are essential for many reasons .

  • Foster emotional skills like empathy
  • Improve higher level and abstract thinking skills
  • Promote better organizational skills
  • Build confidence

These middle and high school writing books are meant to inspire your adolescents. Staring at a blank paper can be intimidating for young writers. If you find your tween or teen getting “stuck,” consider purchasing one of these books. They might find the creative aha moment they need!

See 20 of the Best Journals for Kids for more inspiration!

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May 25, 2021 at 8:07 am

My kids aren’t at this stage yet but it would be great to refer to this list in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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May 24, 2021 at 11:35 am

You are a great resource for all sorts of reading and writing information. This is no different. This is an excellent compilation of books for this age group. Thank you for sharing!

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May 24, 2021 at 11:12 am

These all look like great suggestions! My kids are all under 5, but I’m saving this for later!

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I feel like essay collections don’t get enough credit. They’re so wonderful! They’re like short story collections, but TRUE. It’s like going to a truth buffet. You can get information about sooooo many topics, sometimes in one single book! To prove that there are a zillion amazing essay collections out there, I compiled 50 great contemporary essay collections, just from the last 18 months alone.  Ranging in topics from food, nature, politics, sex, celebrity, and more, there is something here for everyone!

I’ve included a brief description from the publisher with each title. Tell us in the comments about which of these you’ve read or other contemporary essay collections that you love. There are a LOT of them. Yay, books!

Must-Read Contemporary Essay Collections

They can’t kill us until they kill us  by hanif abdurraqib.

“In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s is a voice that matters. Whether he’s attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.”

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas  by Jenny Allen

“Jenny Allen’s musings range fluidly from the personal to the philosophical. She writes with the familiarity of someone telling a dinner party anecdote, forgoing decorum for candor and comedy. To read  Would Everybody Please Stop?  is to experience life with imaginative and incisive humor.”

Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds  by Yemisi Aribisala

“A sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian cuisine, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer. As well as a mouth-watering appraisal of Nigerian food,  Longthroat Memoirs  is a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. From the cultural history of soup, to fish as aphrodisiac and the sensual allure of snails,  Longthroat Memoirs  explores the complexities, the meticulousness, and the tactile joy of Nigerian gastronomy.”

Beyond Measure: Essays  by Rachel Z. Arndt

“ Beyond Measure  is a fascinating exploration of the rituals, routines, metrics and expectations through which we attempt to quantify and ascribe value to our lives. With mordant humor and penetrating intellect, Arndt casts her gaze beyond event-driven narratives to the machinery underlying them: judo competitions measured in weigh-ins and wait times; the significance of the elliptical’s stationary churn; the rote scripts of dating apps; the stupefying sameness of the daily commute.”

Magic Hours  by Tom Bissell

“Award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. He takes us from the set of  The Big Bang Theory  to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace; from the films of Werner Herzog to the film of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial meeting in which Paula Fox’s work was relaunched into the world. Originally published in magazines such as  The Believer ,  The New Yorker , and  Harper’s , these essays represent ten years of Bissell’s best writing on every aspect of creation—be it Iraq War documentaries or video-game character voices—and will provoke as much thought as they do laughter.”

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession  by Alice Bolin

“In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to  Twin Peaks , Britney Spears, and  Serial , illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.”

Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life  by Jenny Boully

“Jenny Boully’s essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the digression, reflection, imagination, and experience that characterizes falling in love as well as the life of a writer. Literary theory, philosophy, and linguistics rub up against memory, dreamscapes, and fancy, making the practice of writing a metaphor for the illusory nature of experience.  Betwixt and Between  is, in many ways, simply a book about how to live.”

Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun

“In  Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give , Ada Calhoun presents an unflinching but also loving portrait of her own marriage, opening a long-overdue conversation about the institution as it truly is: not the happy ending of a love story or a relic doomed by high divorce rates, but the beginning of a challenging new chapter of which ‘the first twenty years are the hardest.'”

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays  by Alexander Chee

“ How to Write an Autobiographical Novel  is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel,  Edinburgh , and the election of Donald Trump.”

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays  by Durga Chew-Bose

“ Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today. On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words ‘too much and not the mood’ to describe her frustration with placating her readers, what she described as the ‘cramming in and the cutting out.’ She wondered if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying. The attitude of that sentiment inspired Durga Chew-Bose to gather own writing in this lyrical collection of poetic essays that examine personhood and artistic growth. Drawing inspiration from a diverse group of incisive and inquiring female authors, Chew-Bose captures the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.”

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy  by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“‘We were eight years in power’ was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s ‘first white president.'”

Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley

“In  Look Alive Out There,  whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on  Gossip Girl,  befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors—Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris—and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.”

Fl â neuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London  by Lauren Elkin

“Part cultural meander, part memoir,  Flâneuse  takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such  flâneuses  as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.”

Idiophone  by Amy Fusselman

“Leaping from ballet to quiltmaking, from the The Nutcracker to an Annie-B Parson interview,  Idiophone  is a strikingly original meditation on risk-taking and provocation in art and a unabashedly honest, funny, and intimate consideration of art-making in the context of motherhood, and motherhood in the context of addiction. Amy Fusselman’s compact, beautifully digressive essay feels both surprising and effortless, fueled by broad-ranging curiosity, and, fundamentally, joy.”

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture  by Roxane Gay

“In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are ‘routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied’ for speaking out.”

Sunshine State: Essays  by Sarah Gerard

“With the personal insight of  The Empathy Exams , the societal exposal of  Nickel and Dimed , and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own break-out debut novel  Binary Star , Sarah Gerard’s  Sunshine State  uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face.”

The Art of the Wasted Day  by Patricia Hampl

“ The Art of the Wasted Day  is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of ‘retirement’ in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne—the hero of this book—who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay.”

A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life  by Jim Harrison

“Jim Harrison’s legendary gourmandise is on full display in  A Really Big Lunch . From the titular  New Yorker  piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses, to pieces from  Brick ,  Playboy , Kermit Lynch Newsletter, and more on the relationship between hunter and prey, or the obscure language of wine reviews,  A Really Big Lunch  is shot through with Harrison’s pointed aperçus and keen delight in the pleasures of the senses. And between the lines the pieces give glimpses of Harrison’s life over the last three decades.  A Really Big Lunch  is a literary delight that will satisfy every appetite.”

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me  by Bill Hayes

“Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city’s incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.”

Would You Rather?: A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out  by Katie Heaney

“Here, for the first time, Katie opens up about realizing at the age of twenty-eight that she is gay. In these poignant, funny essays, she wrestles with her shifting sexuality and identity, and describes what it was like coming out to everyone she knows (and everyone she doesn’t). As she revisits her past, looking for any ‘clues’ that might have predicted this outcome, Katie reveals that life doesn’t always move directly from point A to point B—no matter how much we would like it to.”

Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays  by Chelsea Hodson

“From graffiti gangs and  Grand Theft Auto  to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.”

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays  by Samantha Irby

“With  We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. , ‘bitches gotta eat’ blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making ‘adult’ budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette—she’s ’35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something’—detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms—hang in there for the Costco loot—she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.”

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America  by Morgan Jerkins

“Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality. In  This Will Be My Undoing , Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.”

Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays  by Fenton Johnson

“Part retrospective, part memoir, Fenton Johnson’s collection  Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays  explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more. Johnson’s wanderings take him from the hills of Kentucky to those of San Francisco, from the streets of Paris to the sidewalks of Calcutta. Along the way, he investigates questions large and small: What’s the relationship between artists and museums, illuminated in a New Guinean display of shrunken heads? What’s the difference between empiricism and intuition?”

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays  by Scaachi Koul

“In  One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter , Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.”

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions  by Valeria Luiselli and jon lee anderson (translator)

“A damning confrontation between the American dream and the reality of undocumented children seeking a new life in the U.S. Structured around the 40 questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation,  Tell Me How It Ends  (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman’s essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—both here and back home.”

All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers  by Alana Massey

“Mixing Didion’s affected cool with moments of giddy celebrity worship, Massey examines the lives of the women who reflect our greatest aspirations and darkest fears back onto us. These essays are personal without being confessional and clever in a way that invites readers into the joke. A cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter, interwoven with stories that are achingly personal, All the Lives I Want is also an exploration of mental illness, the sex industry, and the dangers of loving too hard.”

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays  by Tom McCarthy

“Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistence—among them the artist Ed Ruscha’s  Royal Road Test , a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military domination—and the question throughout is: How can art explode the restraining conventions of so-called realism, whether aesthetic or political, to engage in the active reinvention of the world?”

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America  by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding

“When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward.”

Don’t Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life  by Peggy Orenstein

“Named one of the ’40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years’ by  Columbia Journalism Review , Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. Her writing has broken ground and broken silences on topics as wide-ranging as miscarriage, motherhood, breast cancer, princess culture and the importance of girls’ sexual pleasure. Her unique blend of investigative reporting, personal revelation and unexpected humor has made her books bestselling classics.”

When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments  by Kelly Oxford

“Kelly Oxford likes to blow up the internet. Whether it is with the kind of Tweets that lead  Rolling Stone  to name her one of the Funniest People on Twitter or with pictures of her hilariously adorable family (human and animal) or with something much more serious, like creating the hashtag #NotOkay, where millions of women came together to share their stories of sexual assault, Kelly has a unique, razor-sharp perspective on modern life. As a screen writer, professional sh*t disturber, wife and mother of three, Kelly is about everything but the status quo.”

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman  by Anne Helen Petersen

“You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In  Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud , Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of ‘unruliness’ to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis,  Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud  will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.”

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist  by Franchesca Ramsey

“In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other—from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space…the internet.”

Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls  by Elizabeth Renzetti

“Drawing upon Renzetti’s decades of reporting on feminist issues,  Shrewed  is a book about feminism’s crossroads. From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, from the lessons we can learn from old ladies to the future of feminism in a turbulent world, Renzetti takes a pointed, witty look at how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go.”

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays  by Marilynne Robinson

“In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.”

Double Bind: Women on Ambition  by Robin Romm

“‘A work of courage and ferocious honesty’ (Diana Abu-Jaber),  Double Bind  could not come at a more urgent time. Even as major figures from Gloria Steinem to Beyoncé embrace the word ‘feminism,’ the word ‘ambition’ remains loaded with ambivalence. Many women see it as synonymous with strident or aggressive, yet most feel compelled to strive and achieve—the seeming contradiction leaving them in a perpetual double bind. Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald, Roxane Gay, and a constellation of ‘nimble thinkers . . . dismantle this maddening paradox’ ( O, The Oprah Magazine ) with candor, wit, and rage. Women who have made landmark achievements in fields as diverse as law, dog sledding, and butchery weigh in, breaking the last feminist taboo once and for all.”

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life  by Richard Russo

“In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain’s value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery,  The Destiny Thief  reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America’s most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo’s writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers.”

Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race by Naben Ruthnum

“Curry is a dish that doesn’t quite exist, but, as this wildly funny and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn’t properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations. By grappling with novels, recipes, travelogues, pop culture, and his own upbringing, Naben Ruthnum depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity. With the sardonic wit of Gita Mehta’s  Karma Cola  and the refined, obsessive palette of Bill Buford’s  Heat , Ruthnum sinks his teeth into the story of how the beloved flavor calcified into an aesthetic genre that limits the imaginations of writers, readers, and eaters.”

The River of Consciousness  by Oliver Sacks

“Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology.  The River of Consciousness  is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.”

All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom (Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God)  by Deborah Santana and America Ferrera

“ All the Women in My Family Sing  is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth. These brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world.”

We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America  by Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page

“For some, ‘passing’ means opportunity, access, or safety. Others don’t willingly pass but are ‘passed’ in specific situations by someone else.  We Wear the Mask , edited by  Brando Skyhorse  and  Lisa Page , is an illuminating and timely anthology that examines the complex reality of passing in America. Skyhorse, a Mexican American, writes about how his mother passed him as an American Indian before he learned who he really is. Page shares how her white mother didn’t tell friends about her black ex-husband or that her children were, in fact, biracial.”

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

“Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world’s preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to  The New Yorker  and the  New York Review of Books  on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.”

The Mother of All Questions: Further Reports from the Feminist Revolutions  by Rebecca Solnit

“In a timely follow-up to her national bestseller  Men Explain Things to Me , Rebecca Solnit offers indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more. In characteristic style, Solnit mixes humor, keen analysis, and powerful insight in these essays.”

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays  by Megan Stielstra

“Whether she’s imagining the implications of open-carry laws on college campuses, recounting the story of going underwater on the mortgage of her first home, or revealing the unexpected pains and joys of marriage and motherhood, Stielstra’s work informs, impels, enlightens, and embraces us all. The result is something beautiful—this story, her courage, and, potentially, our own.”

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms  by Michelle Tea

“Delivered with her signature honesty and dark humor, this is Tea’s first-ever collection of journalistic writing. As she blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own, she turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career—memoir—and considers the price that art demands be paid from life.”

A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause  by Shawn Wen

“In precise, jewel-like scenes and vignettes,  A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause  pays homage to the singular genius of a mostly-forgotten art form. Drawing on interviews, archival research, and meticulously observed performances, Wen translates the gestural language of mime into a lyric written portrait by turns whimsical, melancholic, and haunting.”

Acid West: Essays  by Joshua Wheeler

“The radical evolution of American identity, from cowboys to drone warriors to space explorers, is a story rooted in southern New Mexico.  Acid West  illuminates this history, clawing at the bounds of genre to reveal a place that is, for better or worse, home. By turns intimate, absurd, and frightening,  Acid West  is an enlightening deep-dive into a prophetic desert at the bottom of America.”

Sexographies  by Gabriela Wiener and Lucy Greaves And jennifer adcock (Translators)

“In fierce and sumptuous first-person accounts, renowned Peruvian journalist Gabriela Wiener records infiltrating the most dangerous Peruvian prison, participating in sexual exchanges in swingers clubs, traveling the dark paths of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris in the company of transvestites and prostitutes, undergoing a complicated process of egg donation, and participating in a ritual of ayahuasca ingestion in the Amazon jungle—all while taking us on inward journeys that explore immigration, maternity, fear of death, ugliness, and threesomes. Fortunately, our eagle-eyed voyeur emerges from her narrative forays unscathed and ready to take on the kinks, obsessions, and messiness of our lives.  Sexographies  is an eye-opening, kamikaze journey across the contours of the human body and mind.”

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative  by Florence Williams

“From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.”

Can You Tolerate This?: Essays  by Ashleigh Young

“ Can You Tolerate This?  presents a vivid self-portrait of an introspective yet widely curious young woman, the colorful, isolated community in which she comes of age, and the uneasy tensions—between safety and risk, love and solitude, the catharsis of grief and the ecstasy of creation—that define our lives.”

What are your favorite contemporary essay collections?

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Top 145 Middle School Essay Topics

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Middle school is the most important stage of education. It is an educational stage providing education between primary school and high school. It’s when people really start to become knowledgeable and skilled. With a coherent curriculum, writing will give middle school students the ability to communicate with fluidity and clarity. The essay topics help them explore some interesting ideas related to both social life and academic knowledge in middle school so far! Essay writing is an excellent way for learners to express their thoughts and ideas. Learners can take time in class or at home to ponder about the topic they are interested in learning more about and then use that knowledge as a background when drafting essays on it. There is no better way to understand a student’s individual qualities than through essay writing . This form of expression lets students share how they see themselves and what makes them unique while simultaneously building on their communication skills. Middle school essay topics need good writing skills and comprise argumentative essay topics and narrative essay topics. The purpose of argumentative essays is to organize and present your well-reasoned conclusions in order to persuade the audience to accept—or at least seriously consider—your point of view. With narrative writing, the purpose is to tell stories on a range of topics. This is quite similar to creative writing which is used to both entertain and share the human experience In many essay assignments, 5-paragraph essays are usually common in high school. The best thing you can do as a parent or teacher would be to choose something that reflects their personal experience. We have compiled a long list of writing prompts to help college students when they are writing their own 5-paragraph essays.

Best Essay Topics For Middle School

1.      How family issues can affect the development of a child 2.      The importance culture plays at a workplace 3.      Are vegan diets good for a person’s health? 4.      How did the invention of the mobile phone change the world? 5.      What are the advantages of using technology in class settings? 6.      The negative effects of living an unhealthy life 7.      What are the consequences of legalizing drugs? 8.      What caused the extinction of dinosaurs and could it have been prevented? 9.      Does a person’s behavior change when they’re in front of many people? 10.  What are the causes and consequences of earthquakes? 11.  The impact of technology on a person’s IQ 12.  Should be learning a second language be made compulsory in middle school? 13.  Should parents keep a close eye on their children’s online activities? 14.  How to deal with stress both at home and at work 15.  How can one protect themselves from scammers online? 16.  What are the dangers of heavy smoking? 17.  How the coronavirus outbreak has affected the job market 18.  What are the positives and negatives of video games? 19.  Should the prison system in America be reformed? 20.  Why is cryptocurrency very popular these days? 21.  Should men and women receive equal pay for doing the same job? 22.  Do schools do enough to prevent bullying? 23.  How has social media changed the way we do business in 2020? 24.  How to work effectively with people from different cultures 25.  Will there be flying cars in the future? 26.  What are the major causes of global warming? 27.  How to communicate effectively 28.  Why competition is very important in sports 29.  What was the impact of World War II on women’s rights? 30.  What are the 10 things people should be doing to help conserve the environment?

Argumentative Essays Prompts

1.      Would a later start to the school day be beneficial? 2.      At what age should children get smartphones? 3.      What is the best solution to climate change? 4.      What is the biggest problem facing your generation? 5.      Are magazine covers harmful to kids’ self-esteem? 6.      Does the right to free speech include student comments on the Internet? 7.      Should your school do more to prevent bullying? 8.      Who faces more pressure: boys or girls? 9.      Should healthcare be free? 10.  Is it easier to learn online or in the classroom? 11.  Should the voting age be lowered to 16 in the United States? 12.  What is the best way to prevent crime in the community?

Good Persuasive Essay Topics

1.      Why should someone vote for you in a mock presidential election? 2.      Where is the best location for a vacation? Why should others go there? 3.      Should your school have a dress code? 4.      Why should you receive a higher allowance? 5.      Should students be allowed to eat in class? 6.      Is it ethical to test products on animals? 7.      Write a letter to the editor about an article in the paper with which you agree or disagree. 8.      The worst thing about middle school is… 9.      What is the best way to prepare eggs? 10.  Is music important in a person’s daily life? 11.  Would you rather shrink to the size of a penny or grow to the size of a building? 12.  Would you rather have a long summer break or more frequent breaks throughout the year? 13.  Should your school reduce the amount of homework? 14.  The best thing about middle school is… 15.  What is the worst chore to have? 16.  Do you believe that smokers should be able to smoke wherever they want? 17.  Should users be able to download movies and TV shows for free? 18.  Is it more important to be honest or popular?

Writing Prompts for Middle School

Writing Prompts for Middle School  

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What are some good essay topics.

  • Most recent travel experience.
  • Your first time on a plane.
  • The loss of a pet that changed your life.
  • The first book you read.
  • The worst memory you have.
  • The death of a friend or relative that influenced you.
  • Your best friend and how you met.
  • Your favorite childhood memory.

What should I write my middle school essay about?

  • A funny time in my family.
  • A great place to go.
  • A cozy spot at home.
  • A great treehouse.
  • A day at the beach.
  • A great day with a friend.
  • A helpful person I have met.
  • A day in the desert.

What are 3 good topics for an essay?

What is a good topic for 7th grade.

1.      Do athletes, celebrities, and CEOs deserve to make more money than the average person? 2.      Does the average American have a healthy diet? What are the effects of good or bad eating habits on the healthcare system? 3.      Do schools do enough to prevent bullying? 4.      Is arts education as important as other types of the curriculum? 5.      Is it ever fair for minorities to receive special treatment or consideration? 6.      What responsibilities do people have to help one another out? 7.      Does nature or nurture play a bigger role in who we are? 8.      Do people have a right to Internet access? 9.      Do girls or boys face more societal pressure—or do they face equal amounts? 10.  Do violent video games make people more likely to be violent in real life? 11.  Should students have a greater say in what they learn? 12.  What one thing should all households be doing to conserve energy? 13.  Does reality television accurately depict real life? Do movies? 14.  Is Common Core good for students? 15.  What is the greatest challenge today’s students face?

What are 5-paragraph essay topics for middle school?

1.      How Does Music Influence Student Performance During Homework, Tests or Writing? 2.      How Can We Prevent Animal Extinction And Endangerment? What Can We Do As a Country or a State? What Can Individuals Do? 3.      Should E-books Or Physical Textbooks Be Used in Schools? Why? 4.      Should Middle School Students Be Given Free Time or Recess During the School Day? Would This Improve School Performance or Take Away From Instructional Time? 5.      What Should The Curfew Be In The State or at Your Home? Why? 6.      Should Middle School Students Be Allowed to See Higher Rated Films? 7.      Should Standardized Tests Be Required In Schools? Why or Why Not? 8.      Is Fast Food to Blame For the Obesity Problem? 9.      Why Should Students Be Allowed to Listen to Music During Tests? 10.  Should Movie Ratings Be Changed So That More People Can See Them? 11.  Should Cell Phones And Other Electronic Devices Be Allowed At School? If So, at What Times? What Regulations Should Be Put on Them? 12.  What Ways Can You Prevent Bullying In Your Community or at School? What Can You Do to Raise Awareness? 13.  What Are Some of the Changes That Should Be Made at School? How Can These Changes Be Made? 14.  Why Is Or Isn’t Education Important? Does It Contribute to One’s Success? 15.  In What Ways Does Peer Pressure Affect Individuals? For Better or For Worse? 16.  What Is Important to Have In a Friendship? Why? 17.  What Are Some Alternatives To Standardized Testing In Schools? Will They Work As Well? 18.  Should Students Have More Freedom at School? In What Areas? 19.  Is Too Much Pressure Put On Students to Participate In Extracurricular Activities? 20.  Should Students Be Required to Bring Their Own Computers or Tablets to School?

What are good argumentative topics in middle school?

1.      School uniforms should be required. 2.      All students should be required to volunteer in the community. 3.      Year-round education is better for students. 4.      Corporal punishment should be allowed in schools. 5.      Homework should be banned. 6.      The internet should be banned from schools. 7.      Children should not be allowed to drink soda. 8.      Junk food should be banned from schools. 9.      All students should have daily chores. 10.  All parents should be required to attend parenting classes before having a child. 11.  Every home should have a pet. 12.  Every student should play a musical instrument. 13.  All museums should be free to the public. 14.  All students should be required to learn a foreign language in middle school. 15.   PE should be required of all students throughout middle and high school.

Expository writing prompts for middle school

1.      Are you the oldest, middle, or youngest child in your family? Explain what you like or dislike about your position. 2.      Think of something your parents always tell you and explain why it is or isn’t true. 3.      Explain why it is so important for kids to attend school. 4.      Explain what your favorite thing to do after school is. 5.      Think about a time when you did something that you didn’t want to do. Explain why you did it anyway. 6.      Explain why you shouldn’t have too many sweets or snacks. 7.      Think about a famous person whom you would like to meet and explain why you would want to meet them. 8.      Explain three ways that people can do nice things for one another. 9.      Explain why it is important to eat healthy foods. 10.  Explain what you would do if a friend got mad at you for something that you didn’t do. 11.  Think about a time when you couldn’t stop laughing and explain what happened. 12.  Think about what you want to be when you grow up and explain why you think that would be the best job. 13.  Think of your most valued possession. Explain why it is so important to you. 14.  Think of a person whom you consider to be a hero. Explain why other people should admire this person. 15.  Choose an important tool that can be found in our classroom. Explain how it has made an impact on teachers and students.  

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32 Best Books for Middle Schoolers About Middle School

W hat are the best middle grade books for middle schoolers about life in middle school? Life in middle school isn’t easy. Kids experience lots of different things in middle school, but one thing is for sure, middle school life is going to be full of ups and downs.

This list of fictional middle-grade chapter books is all about middle school life. With themes ranging from general student life to struggles with friendships and identity, these books are relatable to most kids. Not only that, many of these books talk about relevant topics such as racism, immigration, friendship, learning disabilities, culture, and family.

Note: For those of you who are not in the United States, we consider middle school to usually be 6th , 7th , and 8th grade, or ages 11, 12, and 13.

Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe’s goal in middle school is to break every single rule. You can imagine how his plan will go, right? Filled with cartoon-like illustrations, this story will crack you up. (And please don’t try this at home!)

Awkward  by Svetlana Chmakova

This is one of the best books for middle schoolers about life in middle school because it’s perfect for any reader who struggles with confidence and speaking up for themselves because so does the main character, Peppi.  This well-done graphic novel tackles the issues of friendships and confidence, among other things.  My kids and I highly recommend this graphic novel .

Pay Attention, Carter Jones  by Gary D. Schmidt

Genius story crafting and meaningful life lessons . When his grandfather’s butler arrives to help out 6th grade Carter’s family, sharing his passion for the game of Cricket, filling a void the family didn’t know they had. Butler gives Carter purpose, structure, and belonging. “M ake good decisions and remember who you are, ” he often reminds Carter and Carter’s sisters. Along this journey, Carter learns to do just what the title commands — pay attention to his life and to who loves him.

New Kid  by Jerry Craft

This graphic novel is the  Newbery winner for 2020 !  Jordan’s parents make him go to a private school across town where he’s one of the only kids of color.  Besides having the tricky business of navigating friendships, he now must deal with the two separate worlds of his neighborhood and his school along with racism and balancing academics with his artwork. This story feels truthful, relatable, and important.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus  by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green is used to making up creative stories about why she doesn’t have any arms.  Especially now in Arizona where her parents are the new managers of a rundown theme park. She befriends a boy at school who has  Tourette Syndrome. They investigate a mysterious storage shed which leads them to a mystery involving Aven’s past.  This story is about restorative friendship, facing your fears, and discovering your true (significant) potential.  

Pippa Park Raises Her Game  by Erin Yun

Exceptional! Korean American Pippa is a great basketball player, but her guardian older sister won’t let her play unless her grades improve.  Then, an unexpected scholarship at a prestigious private school leads Pippa to reinvent herself, hiding her background from the popular kids and treating her old friends differently. In a satisfying ending with valuable life lessons, Pippa decides not to be ashamed of her working-class family, her culture, or her friends.  Girl readers, in particular, will be able to relate to the social hierarchy of middle school and the temptation to change yourself to suit others.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen  by Jennifer Torres

In a sweet story of figuring out who you are and taking pride in your culture,  initially, Stef Soto feels embarrassed by her dad’s taco truck, especially when he picks her up at school.  But that changes when she learns that new city regulations could force her dad to sell the truck and get a different job. Filled with relatable middle school struggles, Spanish words, Latinx culture, friendship troubles, and a loving family, this yummy middle school book is a savory treat.

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dees

Middle schooler Mila is feeling trapped— a group of basketball-playing boys is getting too close, grabbing her, touching her, and then telling her that she’s imagining it. Ignoring doesn’t stop the behaviors, neither does telling an adult, telling her friends, or wearing baggier clothing. Now her toxic friend Zara is acting mad and jealous that Mila’s getting the boys’ attention. Unexpectedly, Mila finds her strength when she starts karate classes. That helps her find what works to put a stop to the harassment.  I highly recommend this essential book; it should be shared widely with middle school boys and girls. 

More to the Story   by Hena Khan

Jameela is one of four girls in a Pakistani-American family and she’s passionate about journalism. When her father leaves for a new job out of the country, Jameela wants to write an epic article for her middle school newspaper that will make her dad proud. Unfortunately, in the process, she hurts a new friend. As she digests her hard-earned lessons, she learns that her beloved little sister has lymphoma. Despite the challenges, her family sticks together with laughter and love.  Khan skillfully weaves a story of family, culture, community, and social justice that is sure to become a modern-day classic.

Genesis Begins Again  by Alicia D. Williams

Don’t miss this important  middle-grade book from 2019  about self-worth, beauty, and colorism.  Genesis hates her dark skin, believing that if only she were lighter-skinned, she’d be pretty and have a better life.  Despite this and troubles at home with a ne’er-do-well father who can’t keep a job, at her newest school an insightful music teacher introduces Genesis to jazz legends like Billie Holliday. This changes everything. Now Genesis can find her voice, literally and metaphorically.

Origami Yoda  by Tom Angleberger

A funny but poignant book series about middle school angst and discovery! Unpopular Dwight can make origami Star Wars characters. When his puppet of Yoda comes to life, just like Yoda, the origami Yoda is wise and helpful to Dwight and his friends during the many trials of 6th grade. One of the best books for middle schoolers!

Wink  by Rob Harrell

A funny, standout cancer story based on the author’s life for readers who like humorous but emotion-filled stories.  When Ross is diagnosed with a rare kind of tumor, he immediately starts radiation treatment. School becomes pretty challenging because his eye is goopy, he has to wear a hat, and his hair starts falling out in clumps– among other things made funny with his cartoon drawings. A goofy, kind-hearted radiation tech gets Ross interested in alternative punk music and in order to impress a girl, Ross asks the tech for guitar lessons. Turns out, the guitar and his new music, help Ross both express his frustrations and find his joy, leading to some surprising results — like a new, unexpected friend. *A few bad words.

In a word: powerful. This is middle school at it’s most intimate when friends experience the challenges of growing up, from an embarrassing sexting photo to a friendship betrayal. Through it all, we see the power of forgiveness and love. I only recommend this book for middle school kids unless you’re reading it with your elementary age child because of the sexting topic. 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl  by Stacy McAnulty

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl  is a thoughtful  coming-of-age story about a girl genius with OCD  whose grandma wants her to go to public middle school for three reasons: to make one friend, read one non-math book, and join one school activity. Although she’s reluctant to go, Lucy finds friends and connects with a rescue dog for a school project. It’s a well-written, heart-warming story that will change your perspective of OCD and give you hope for humanity.

The Other Half of Happy  by Rebecca Balcarcel

Quijana’s doesn’t fit with the other Latino kids because she doesn’t speak Spanish fluently. Not only that, she knows she won’t fit in with her father’s family in Guatemala and is planning on running away instead of visiting. The only place she knows she fits is with her scientist, Florida-living grandmother but she’s worried about grandmother’s cancer diagnosis. Meanwhile, her little brother seems to be adding more unusual behaviors besides not talking, he’s averse to lights, sounds, and touch. Heartfelt and relatable, this coming-of-age story will appeal to readers who like to read about complicated, diverse characters trying to figure out who they are.

The Crossover  by Kwame Alexander

Because this is written in  verse , this is a fast read but packs a big punch. Basketball player and twin Josh narrates his life in quarters, just like the game he plays. He writes about missing his twin when his twin, Jordan, gets a girlfriend; about getting in trouble when he hits Jordan in the face with a basketball; and about watching his father as his heart fails. This is  a coming-of-age, gripping story about a boy trying to figure out life .

Smile   by Raina Telgemeier

6th grade is hard enough for Raina, but it’s even worse with braces, headgear, and friend troubles.  My daughter loves this series starting with  Smile . She read  Sisters  four times the first week she owned it — they’re all excellent books and quite addictive. ALSO READ:  Drama, Sisters

Emmy in the Key of Code

An exquisite novel in verse that celebrates music, STEM, making friends, and growing into yourself. Emmy’s eager to start a new school and make friends but she’s thwarted by rudeness at every turn. A daughter of professional musicians, Emmy decides to abandon music and take a computer programming class. She sort of makes a friend with a girl in her programming class named Abigail but she’s only friendly during that class. Which makes Emmy feel conflicted. As Emmy’s family adjusts to San Francisco, Emmy figures out her place in the world, especially as it relates to her growing passion for programming. The author skillfully connects music and programming in a memorable, poetic way that even non-programmers can understand.

A Good Kind of Trouble  by Lisa Moore Ramée

Middle school is hard enough with friend drama, but add to it not-being-black-enough drama, personal and community race-related drama, and boy drama.  Frankly, it’s a lot for 12-year-old Shayla who, unlike her older sister with all-black friends, has a diverse friend group that she calls The United Nations. When a jury finds a cop innocent in the shooting death of a black boy, despite a video showing the boy walking away, Shayla decides to take a stand and support the Black Lives Matter movement. She wears an armband to school and rallies many of her classmates of all ethnicities to join her, even though the principal says it’s against the rules. This is a powerful story about a girl finding her voice.

Restart by Gordon Korman

After a bad fall, Chase has no memory of who he is or was. But he soon realizes that he used to be a cruel troublemaker. Now that he has a second chance, he can decide who he’ll be with his fresh slate. Because he’s enjoying his new life in the film club and the new (“nerdy”) friends he’s made, and doesn’t really want to go back to his old self. This thought-provoking novel shows that who we are is a choice.

All’s Faire in Middle School   by Victoria Jamieson

Growing up, Imogene (aka. Impy) always loved her family’s part in the Renaissance Faire . . . that is, until middle school. Even though she gets her dream to work in the faire as a squire,  she also just wants to be like the other girls at her school, too.  Her journey is painful and honest as she figures out who she wants to be. It’s narrated as a hero’s journey which, with the faire background and middle school drama, feels perfect. Beyond being a terrific coming-of-age story, I’m sure this book will interest middle schoolers in Renaissance festivals themselves.

Focused   by Alyson Gerber

Clea is a chess-loving girl who gets distracted easily (except when she can hyper-focus in chess) and it’s becoming a problem, especially in school but also with friends.  She’s resistant to do the testing her parents want, refusing to believe she could have ADHD . But by blurting out things and living with regret, she feels like she’s not in control. As she learns more about her brain, she realizes that she can figure out strategies to help her stay focused. Readers who don’t have ADHD will get a glimpse into how this kind of brain works. An essential book for middle schoolers to read.

Ghost  by Jason Reynolds

Ghost accidentally gets on a track team, and it’s life-changing.  His coach becomes a mentor and father figure who pushes Ghost to take responsibility for his mistakes (stealing sneakers) and to start dealing with the ghosts of his past. Well-written with a hopeful message about growing up and growing into yourself. (This is a short middle grade book around 200 pages.)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Both Ally and her older brother have hidden that they can’t read — until Mr. Daniels who helps her learn to read and discover her value. It’s a beautiful, emotionally resonant story that will help kids either see themselves or develop empathy and compassion.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

I highly recommend reading this meaningful, coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Catherine. Read it in your classroom and with your children to develop empathy and compassion for children who have autism . Catherine’s worked hard to help her autistic brother, David, learn the rules about life. But now that she has new friends, she’s feeling more embarrassed about her brother than compassionate.

8th Grade Superzero  by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

I’m in awe of how Rhuday-Perkovich created such a moving realistic story and  lovable but insecure main character, Reggie McKnight, an unpopular yet thoughtful middle-school student who is hoping to get past his horrible nickname (Pukey).  He spends a lot of time with his church youth group which leads to an interest in his school’s elections for president. This book for middle school students explores the themes of social justice, faith, friends, and family.

Vordak the Incomprehensible by Vordak T. Incomprehensible

I haven’t laughed like this when reading a book in years–it’s pee-your-pants funny. Because the evil villain Vordak accidentally transforms himself into a middle schooler. And life in middle school is not going well for him at all…

Harbor Me  by Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me  tackles some very big issues including race, immigration, bullying, learning differences, friendship, and forgiveness.  The story is about six diverse children with  learning differences . They bond during a special kids-only time on Friday afternoons where they share their stories, many of which Haley records on a tape recorder. Even as she learns about the other kids who are, Haley is reluctant to share that her own dad is in jail for the car accident killing her mother. When she does eventually share, it’s beautiful to see the other kids support her. Amazing!!

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Joseph is an abused boy with a violent father, a parent at age thirteen, and is now living as a foster kid with Jack’s family on their organic farm. As he learns to trust them, we slowly learn about Joseph’s deep love for a rich girl named Maddie, his daughter named Jupiter who he’s never seen, and his shattering heartbreak. This is an amazing story– painful yet filled with redemption and hope — beautifully written and one that will give middle school readers much to ponder.

Flying Lessons and Other Stories  edited by Ellen Oh

This is a powerful short story middle school anthology of  diverse stories written by talented #OwnVoices authors  such as Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, and others. The stories are all excellent — some are hilarious (“Choctaw Bigfoot, Midnight in the Mountains”), some are inspiring (“How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium”), some are both (“The Difficult Path”), and some are meaningful slice-of-life stories (“Main Street”).

Real Friends   by Shannon Hale

Kids will relate to the  ups and downs of Shannon’s friendship in elementary and middle school in this true-to-life graphic novel  with incredible artwork. We see Shannon struggle with friends, the popular girls, and even her own behavior, we watch as she discovers her passion — using her big imagination to make up stories.

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His first book, "Making My Escape", about an overly imaginative middle schooler, was published in 2002. His Scholastic Professional book for teachers, "Writing Extraordinary Essays" contains 84 of his cartoons (he counted them) and was released in 2008.

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