Writing Prompt: Coach Poggi's Golden Rule

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This writing prompt exercise for middle school students features two real-life scenarios that encourage students to think and write about the value of kindness and service to others. Includes 5 questions that are appropriate as writing prompts, discussion questions, or journaling activities.

This resource is provided courtesy of Free Spirit Publishing, the leading publisher of positive, practical and pro-kid classroom materials for social-emotional learning, character education, gifted and talented learners, and special education.

Excerpted from

Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School
Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School

Naomi Drew, M.A.

Christa M. Tanari, M.A.

Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School focuses on positive and prosocial attitudes and behaviors that build a respectful and compassionate school environment, while also addressing the tough issues of prejudice, anger, exclusion, and bullying. Through role-playing, perspective-taking, sharing, writing, discussion, and more, students develop the insights and skills they need to accept differences, resolve conflicts peacefully, stop bullying among peers, and create a community of kindness in their classrooms and school. Based on survey data gathered by the authors from more than 1,000 students, the book’s research-based lessons are easy to implement and developmentally appropriate. Digital content includes student handouts from the book and bonus material.

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