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50 New Year’s Writing Ideas


What are Good New Year’s Writing Ideas?

The start of the new year is an especially relevant time for journaling and reflection. As you prepare for the next year, encourage students to reflect on their success in 2011 and their goals for 2012.

These 50 journal prompts invite students to think about their New Year’s resolutions and their happiest memories of the past year. They’ll consider short-term and long-term goals and think about the paths they can take to make their dreams come true.

Help students aim for their goals with these New Year’s journal prompts. Through reflections and resolutions, they’ll be ready to take on new challenges in 2012.

 Happy New Year!
Journal Prompts and Writing Ideas

New Year Journal Prompts

  1. Why do people make resolutions?
  2. How can you improve your life in 2012?
  3. If you could have a New Year’s wish, what would it be?
  4. How do you feel at the start of a new year?
  5. What is your favorite New Year’s memory?
  6. How do you celebrate New Year’s?
  7. Why is New Year’s a good time for resolutions?
  8. What are you the most excited for in 2012?
  9. Are you sad to see the old year pass?
  10. Do you like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?
  11. How was your last year successful?
  12. By the end of the year, I will…
  13. What was your favorite part about 2011?
  14. Do you normally make New Year’s resolutions?
  15. 2011 was a year of…
  16. 2012 will be a year of…
  17. If you could celebrate the new year from anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  18. Is New Year’s significant to you?
  19. What is the most successful year you’ve ever had?
  20. What is the best way to ring in a new year?
  21. How long does it take you to get used to the new year?
  22. What is your favorite part of New Year’s celebrations?
  23. What resolutions will you make this year?
  24. What does the new year symbolize?
  25. If 2012 is a successful year, how will you describe it when it’s over?
  26. What would it be like if the new year started in July?
  27. What was the best thing that happened to you in 2011?
  28. Describe 2011 in five words. What do these descriptions mean to you?
  29. Do you think the world will end in 2012?
  30. How does it feel to celebrate the new year after people in other time zones?
  31. What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
  32. Make a plan for your 2013 celebration. Where will you be? What will you be doing?
  33. What kind of goals should our class set for 2012?
  34. Have your parents always allowed you to stay up late on New Year’s Eve?
  35. Why is New Year’s important?
  36. Do you need a new year to make a change?
  37. Why do people gather round to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?
  38. Make a resolution and outline a plan that will help you stick to it.
  39. How will you remember 2011?
  40. When you were younger, what did you think of New Year’s?
  41. What does your family do on New Year’s Eve?
  42. What does it mean to have a fresh start?
  43. Did you keep your 2011 resolutions?
  44. What did you accomplish last year?
  45. What are your goals for next year?
  46. Write about a time when you successfully kept a New Year’s resolution.
  47. How do you reflect at the new year?
  48. What does the new year mean to you?
  49. Set three goals for 2012. How will you keep them?
  50. Do you believe New Year’s resolutions are helpful?

Journaling allows students to reflect and consider their own ideas in a format that is both structured and creative. When students write, they enjoy freedom of expression and the opportunity to explore. These invaluable skills will serve them as they move on to more advanced concepts in the classroom and in life.

Though journaling might seem like a simple endeavor, the practice can have a profound impact on a student’s learning process.



Jill About the Author
Jill Schoenberg is the author of the award winning books Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence and Journal Buddies: A Boys Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence, available from Amazon.com.

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