For young students, it can often be challenging to verbally express their ideas, their hopes, their dreams and their struggles. They may not know who they can talk to about the things that are on their mind, and they may wonder if there are others who are feeling the same way that they do. Allowing your students to keep a journal in the classroom is a great way to focus on their writing skills while also giving them an outlet that they may not find anywhere else.
These interesting writing prompts can provide students in the classroom with questions and situations to consider as they move through the school year. The prompts are designed to give them an idea, topic or challenge to reflect on, and ultimately ask an open-ended question that encourages them to write freely in their journals. These journals can be used in any class subject, including science, reading comprehension, grammar, history and social studies. By encouraging young students to write creatively and express their own unique ideas, you will find that they develop better skills in all of the subjects that they are studying. Consider utilizing some of these interesting writing prompts in your own classroom:
20 Interesting Writing Prompts
- Think about a time when someone did something kind and unexpected for you. Write a thank you note to that person, and explain what that act of kindness meant to you.
- What was your favorite toy five years ago? Why?
- Imagine that you live in a different time period. Which century would you choose, and why?
- Write about an invention that you think would make the world a better place.
- Choose three of your vocabulary words from this week’s lesson, and incorporate them into your journal entry.
- Who do you consider to be a hero in your life? Write about why you view that person as your hero.
- If you could spend the night in any store, which store would you choose? Where would you sleep for the night? What would you eat? Where would you explore?
- Have you ever had a day that was completely perfect? What happened?
- We all have embarrassing moments. What was one of the most embarrassing things that has ever happened to you? How did you handle it?
- What is your favorite book? What would you do if you could be a character within that story?
- What are your goals for the school year? Why?
- What color best describes your mood today? Is it one of your favorite colors?
- You’re sitting by a river with your two best friends. One of your friends comes up with a really great idea. What is the idea? Are you going to go along with it?
- If you had a super power that allowed you to control the weather, what type of weather would you choose for today? Why?
- If you could run for public office, which office would you choose? Would you rather be the mayor of your town or the president of the country? What is the first law that you would create?
- What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own? Why is that your favorite?
- If you could ask the teacher any question about any topic during class today, what would your question be? How do you think your teacher would answer it?
- You’ve recently been told that you have the power to read a person’s mind, but the catch is you can only choose one person. Whose mind would you like to read? What would they be thinking about?
- You’re going to the pet shelter. Describe the pet that you bring home.
- Write about one of the responsibilities you have at home. How do you feel about being in charge of that task?
Until next time, write on…