As they enter middle school and prepare to become teenagers, many sixth graders find themselves struggling to understand their emotions and to express their changing, unique personalities. It’s a tough time, for sure, but journaling can help students make sense of their experiences and reflect on who they are and where they’re heading next in life.
In these brand new journaling prompts for 6th graders, students will reflect on everything from what it means to be a good friend to what goals they hope to accomplish in the next few years. As your sixth graders explore what inspires them about their heroes and complete writing exercises like a poem about their favorite day of the year, they will become more confident in their thoughts and opinions—and most importantly, they will also enjoy an incredible opportunity to express themselves freely.
31 New 6th Grade Writing Prompts
Use these 6th grade journaling prompts to give your students a safe, comfortable space to consider their thoughts and opinions without worrying about judgment from others!
- What is your favorite way to show your individuality?
- If you could take any animal from the zoo home as a pet, which would you choose—and why?
- What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? What inspired you to do it?
- Write a short story about the future. How will daily life be different 50 years from now?
- What is the most important part of being a good friend? Why?
- If you could go back in time to witness any single historical event, which would you choose? Why?
- If you could invent any one thing, what would you create? Why? How would you create it?
- Write about a time when you were not totally truthful with someone. What happened? How did you resolve the situation?
- Do you consider yourself artistic? Why or why not?
- Do you consider yourself athletic? Why or why not?
- Would you rather spend time relaxing by yourself or with a group of friends? Why?
- What does it mean to be a good citizen of a community?
- What is something that would surprise your classmates about you? What do you think they would find most surprising about that fact?
- Write a poem about your favorite day of the year.
- If you met a genie that could give you any talent in the world, what would you ask for—and why?
- Write a story about you and three of your friends getting marooned on a desert island.
- What is the best thing to pair with peanut butter? When did you first try this combination? What other recipes can you think of?
- Write about the best thing that happened to you last year.
- Who is your hero? What inspires you about this person?
- What is the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home? Who did you travel with? Did you enjoy the experience?
- Write about your dreams. Do you typically remember your dreams? Do you dream in color or black and white? Are your dreams usually realistic or fantastical?
- Write a short story about a kid with an unusual talent.
- What is your biggest goal right now? What are you doing to work toward it?
- Is it best to be an oldest sibling, middle sibling, youngest sibling, or only child? Why?
- What part of being an adult sounds like the most fun? Why?
- What part of being an adult sounds the most challenging? Why?
- What is your favorite thing about your mom?
- What is your favorite thing about your dad?
- Write a poem about the feeling you get when you hang out with your best friend.
- What is your most prized possession? What makes it so special to you?
- If you could live in any fictional TV show, movie, or book, which would you choose—and why?
Until next time, write on…