Journaling is an important part of self-exploration and deep thinking. Giving students a list of prompts to choose from allows them to choose which parts of themselves to explore, and helps keep their writing headed in a certain direction.
Below, you’ll find a list of narrative writing prompts to inspire your students to reflect on their thoughts and feelings.
Using These Prompts
Writing prompts are great because they give struggling writers a sense of direction, but they also help more skilled writers explore thoughts and feelings that they might not have thought of before.
Here are a few ways you can use these prompts in your classroom:
- Challenge students to pick one or two prompts a day for an entire week.
- Create a spinner using a cut-out circle and a paper clip, and have students spin to see which prompt they’re going to use.
- Keep these prompts nearby for students to use when they have spare quiet time in class.
- If you sense a student struggling emotionally, recommend using one of these prompts to help them reflect on these feelings.
The Writing Prompts
- Describe your ideal field trip.
- Write about a special memory that you will never forget.
- Describe your style. Do your parents choose how you dress or do you choose your own clothes?
- You wake up this morning with wings. Describe what happens next.
- What kinds of books do you prefer to read? List some examples.
- Write about a conflict you had with a friend. How did you resolve the situation?
- Rewrite your favorite children’s story, but make the main character a superhero.
- Describe the most frightening dream you’ve ever had.
- How do you entertain yourself when you don’t have access to screens and devices?
- Write about your favorite family tradition.
- There’s a classroom in your school that is always locked with its lights off. One day, you walk by and the door is ajar. What happens next?
- Write about a role model you have, and describe how they’ve affected your life.
- Describe the ideal snow day.
- Have you ever lost something important? What happened next?
- What is the most important lesson you’ve learned this year?
- Think of a time when you were very irritated. Explain why, and then explain how you resolved it.
- What is the best part of the school day? Why?
- What would you do if you were the principal for the day?
- Write a story about someone who wakes up and realizes they’re microscopic.
- Why is it important that people help others?
- Describe something you’ve learned recently. Was it easy or difficult to learn?
- Write a story from the point of view of someone meeting you for the first time.
- Are you good at keeping secrets? Explain.
- Describe a time when you stood up for yourself.
- Describe a time when you stood up for someone else.
- What is your favorite thing about your best friend?
- Explain your favorite board or card game to someone who has never played it before.
- Write your plans for the perfect weekend.
- A harmless but wild animal wanders into your classroom. How does your class react? What happens next?
- You wake up and realize that you can speak to your pet. What do you talk about?
- Describe a time when you participated in a contest.
- Write about the perfect summer day.
- Tell a story about two people who switch jobs for a day.
- Write about something that makes you laugh.
- Why is patience important? Do you consider yourself a patient person?
- Do you think boys and girls are actually different from each other? Explain.
- Do you enjoy writing? What is your favorite thing to write about?
- Write the story of how you met your best friend.
- Describe what you hope your life is like 10 years from now.
- Describe what you hope your life is like 20 years from now.
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Explain.
- The plant on your teacher’s desk suddenly sprouts a strange fruit. What is it? What happens next?
- Write about something that makes you laugh.
- Do you have a funny or interesting story about losing a tooth? Write about it.
- Write about a time when you shared a special meal with your family.
- What would you do if you woke up tomorrow in your favorite video game?
- If you were to describe your best friend as a color, what color would they be? Why?
- What is your favorite food? Why do you like it?
- What is something that you worry about at night?
- Make a list of ten things you love about yourself.
- Write a story from the point of view of your shoes.
- Write about a time when you gave in to peer pressure.
- Describe the last time you got hurt. What happened?
- Tell a story about a time when you got caught doing something you weren’t supposed to.
- Which person in your family are you most similar to? How are you alike? How are you different?
- Describe a time when you felt embarrassed.
- Invent a new sandwich. Write about how to make it, and try to convince others to try it.
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