Establishing Setting – Narrative Writing Prompts for Middle School


Help your students with establishing setting in their narrative writing with these visual writing prompts. Your students will LOVE creating unique settings in response to these prompts. These slides are quick and easy to assign or display and take just 5-10 minutes per day, making them perfect ELA warm-ups, bell-ringers, or stations!


Here’s what you’ll get:

Your digital link will come will 30 writing prompts to help your students improve on establishing setting.

Students will be prompted to establish settings from:

  • Sentence Starters (Where I come from…)
  • Mentor Texts (Imitate how the author creates a scene of contrast. Describe the first setting that comes to mind, then contrast it with, “I could picture…
  • Visual Prompts (Describe where this gate leads…)

In addition, students will be asked to incorporate imagery as they build their story settings by:

  • Describing what a setting looks like
  • Describing what a setting sounds like
  • Describing what a setting feels like
  • Describing what a setting smells like
  • Creating a setting with a particular mood

….and more!

Prep is quick and easy… Just display the writing prompt on your projector or SmartBoard and have students write in their notebooks, or assign the writing prompt on a digital learning platform and have students type on the provided slides.

A quick tip for teachers…

  • Read the prompt, and set the timer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Encourage students to keep their pencils moving the entire time.
  • Don’t be afraid to write alongside them!
  • At the end of the quick write session, invite students to discuss or share their thinking.

In my classroom, we start our daily writing lesson with a quick write prompt! We use a wide variety of prompts throughout the year to spiral review our writing techniques.

»If you’d like to know more about using quick writes in the classroom, read my blog post here.


You may also like…

Writing Narrative Hooks

Creating Characters

Using Figurative Language

Writing with Imagery

Writing with Dialogue

Perspective & Point of View in Writing

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