Journal Prompts for Young Creative Writers

With Journal Prompts, Writing Gains Structure and Focus

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As you design a Journal Writing Program for your students, it's a good idea to use Journal Prompts so that your students are working on productive creative writing.

A Journal Writing Checklist helps your students assess their own progress each time they write.

Here is a list of teacher-tested journal topics to help you get started in your journal writing routine:

  1. What is your favorite season? Describe how you feel during different times of the year.
  1. What is your favorite game? Think about indoor games, outdoor games, board games, car games, and more!
  2. Write about your favorite subject in school. What is your least favorite subject?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up? Choose and describe at least three jobs that you think you would enjoy.
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why? What traditions do you and your family share?
  5. What qualities do you look for in a friend? How do you try to be a good friend to others?
  6. Have you ever had to apologize for something you did? How did you feel before and after the apology?
  7. Describe a typical day in your life. Use sensory detail (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) to make your daily experience come to life.
  8. Describe a "fantasy" day in your life. If you could design a whole day to do anything and everything you wanted, what would you choose to do?
  9. If you could choose one superpower to have for a day, which would you select? Describe in detail your activities as a superhero.
  1. Should children have strict bedtimes? What do you think is a fair bedtime for children your age and why?
  2. Write about your brothers and sisters. If you don't have any, do you wish you did?
  3. What is more important in life: presents or people?
  4. What do you think is the "perfect" age to be? If you could choose one age and stay that age forever, what would you choose?
  1. Do you have any nicknames? Describe where the nicknames came from and what they mean to you.
  2. Write about what you do on the weekends. How do your weekends differ from your weekdays?
  3. What are your favorite foods? What are your least favorite foods? Describe how it feels to eat each of the foods.
  4. What is your favorite type of weather? Write about how your activities change with different types of weather.
  5. When you are feeling sad, what cheers you up? Describe in detail.
  6. Describe your favorite game. What do you like about it? Why are you good at it?
  7. Imagine that you are invisible. Write a story about the day you turned invisible.
  8. What time is your bedtime? Do you think it is a fair time? What time would you like to go bed and why?
  9. Describe what it's like to be you. Write about a day in your life.
  10. What is the most interesting thing that you know how to do? What makes it interesting and why do you do it?
  11. Imagine that you went to school and there was no teachers! Talk about what you did that day.

Looking for more ideas for writing? This article will give you information all about journal writing, while this article you learn how to use blogs (which is an effective alternative to journal writing). 

Edited By: Janelle Cox