20 Back to School Writing Prompts

Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these engaging writing prompts. Get 20 free back to school writing prompts in this post! If that isn't enough, you can check out a bundle of 200 writing prompts and discussion starters!


  1. Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person.
  2. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before?
  3. How did you spend Independence Day?
  4. Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe this place.
  5. What was your favorite activity from the summer? Why did you like it so much?
  6. What was you least favorite part of the summer? Why?
  7. What is one important thing you learned this summer? How did you learn it?
  8. What is something you did this summer that you are proud of?
  9. Describe something you did this summer that involved water.
  10. Describe something you did with a large group of people this summer.
  11. Write about something you did in nature this summer.
  12. Write about something you did to stay cool this summer.
  13. Write about something you did to earn money this summer.
  14. Write about something you did this summer that you have never done before.
  15. Write five words that describe your summer. Then tell why you choose each word.
  16. Write about something you made this summer.
  17. Write about something that made you angry or upset this summer.
  18. Write about a time when you had good luck this summer.
  19. Write about a book you read this summer.
  20. Write about a party or other special event you attended this summer.
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