Essay For Grade 6

How To Come Up With Good Essay Topics For 6th Grade Students

During 6th grade, teachers will start to prepare student for entering middle school. Due to this, there will be more writing assignments and a closer attention to the quality of the writing. Since 6th grade students will have to write essays more frequently, they should look up some topics in advance. If the student already has a topic prepared, they can immediately start writing once the assignment has been handed out. To get a head start on finding 6th grade essay topics, students can read through the following list of ideas. These essay topics can be used as they are written, or modified to suit the needs of the assignment.

6th Grade Essay Topics

  1. 1. Would you rather get or give a gift?
  2. 2. What are some of your goals in life?
  3. 3. If you could be anyone when you grow up, who would you be?
  4. 4. What is the most selfless thing that you have ever done?
  5. 5. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
  6. 6. Do you think that there are things that only men or only women can do? Why or why not?
  7. 7. Do you think that astrological horoscopes are true? Why or why not?
  8. 8. What are some of the difficulties faced by immigrants to a new country?
  9. 9. If you could transform into any animal, what would it be and why?
  10. 10. Have you ever been bullied or made to feel different? How did this experience make you feel?
  11. 11. What was the happiest moment that you have ever experienced? Why?
  12. 12. How can you talk to someone who has political or religious beliefs that are different than your own?
  13. 13. What is the longest time that you have ever kept a secret? What was the secret?
  14. 14. Write about an experience where you thought you knew something for certain, but were later proven to be wrong.
  15. 15. Name and describe someone who has been an inspiration for your life.
  16. 16. In 20 years, where do you think you will be? What will you be doing?
  17. 17. How would your friends describe you? Is this an accurate description?
  18. 18. How can you start off a conversation with someone that you do not know?
  19. 19. What is your deepest, darkest fear?
  20. 20. What do you believe in the most? How did you develop this belief?
  21. 21. What is your favorite book? What is it about?
  22. 22. What is your favorite thing to do after school or on the weekend?
  23. 23. Have you ever been lost? How did you end up finding your way?

Outlining Essays (Grades 3-6)

Brainstorm before you start writing.

Teach students to brainstorm story ideas in preparation of writing an expressive essay.

Students will brainstorm story ideas in preparation of writing an expressive essay.


  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Dry erase board (optional)
  • Dry erase markers (optional)


  1. Outlining Essays (Grades 3-6) Student Reproducible

1. Review the definition of personal expressive writing (writing that allows you to express your own thoughts and feelings through a letter, journal, essay, etc.) with students. Tell students that they will be preparing to write their own expressive essay on the topic: Why does your teacher deserve a classroom makeover?
Lead a discussion about the elements that make up an expressive essay. Use the following example to illustrate these elements:

Introduction: Begin your essay by stating the main idea. In an expressive essay, the main idea will be a personal experience, belief, or feeling that is meaningful to you. One way to hook your reader is to express your main idea with a short personal account of an important event in your life.

Body: The body of your essay supports your main idea by using examples. Be sure to describe your examples clearly so that your reader will understand your position, or point of view.

Conclusion: The conclusion of your essay should summarize your main idea. Restate your feelings and beliefs to make sure your main idea is understood.

2. Distribute copies of Outlining Essays (Grades 3-6) Student Reproducible (PDF). Have students complete their outlines in preparation for writing an essay in Lesson 2.

Bonus Challenge: Have students make a graphic organizer to plan their essay. They may begin by writing their main idea in a circle. They may add additional circles or "webs" to describe their supporting details and conclusion.

Marker Tips: Illustrate outlines on the dry erase board. Have students take turns using different colored dry erase markers to fill in the title, main idea, opening sentence, details 1-3, and summary sentence.

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