Interesting Writing Prompts— These interesting writing prompts can provide students in the classroom with questions and situations to consider as they move through the school year.
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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.
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 superpower 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?
You are encouraged to these prompts with writers in middle school, to high school, or any grade really. For even more writing inspiration, choose an idea from one of the genres listed below. Let the creativity roll!
Bonus Lists of Fun Writing Prompts
- Write a story about a day when everyone wakes up and the world has literally turned upside down.
- Write a story about a family with a robot butler who manages their house.
- Write a story about a class field trip to the zoo that goes longer than expected when everyone gets locked in overnight.
- Write a story about a boy taking his dog for a walk, when suddenly… the dog begins to fly!
- Write a story about a group of friends that gets trapped inside the video game they are playing.
- Write a story about a group of aliens who are worried about the prospect of a human invasion
- You get a chance to cook anything you want to use whatever ingredients and equipment you can think of. What is the menu, recipe list, cooking instructions, and dining experience going to be like?
- If you could live anywhere on the planet or in the solar system, where would you go and what would your life be like there?
- Imagine you are allowed to eat only one food, but in unlimited supply, for the rest of your life.
- Your garden starts to grow plants with fruits and vegetables that have never been grown on Earth before. What do these look and taste like, and where did they come from?
- You discover that you can walk through your computer screen into video games. Which video game do you enter and what happens there?
- Ask students to write a poem about any topic that they choose, but limit their poem to just 30 words.
- Give the students a few moments to study the weather outside the window. Then, tell them to write a poem about the current weather forecast.
- Tell the kids to write a poem about their favorite thing about themselves.
- Have the children in the classroom read several classic nursery rhymes, then ask them to write a modern version of their favorite nursery rhyme in the form of a poem.
- Encourage the students to write a poem about their teacher.
- Tell the children to sit quietly for a few moments and become in tune with their senses. Then, ask them to write a poem about the classroom using all of their senses.
- Three friends head out on a hiking trail, and they are never heard from again. Write about how the local community works to solve this mystery.
- A family moves into a new home, but their dog is restless. Then, the dog goes into the backyard and digs up something completely unexpected.
- You are working in your office and you start to hear a mysterious ticking noise. You try to ignore it, but it keeps getting louder and louder.
- A detective is about to retire after spending 30 years cracking cases. Then, his final case hits his desk. He knows that this will either make or break his career.
- The meteorologists had predicted that it would be a bright, sunny day. However, strange green clouds were hanging low around the town. Something must have gone terribly wrong at the local testing site.
- Write a story about what life will be like inside your school in 150 years.
- Imagine that you have been tasked with the job of finding a new planet for humans to live on. What type of planet would you be looking for?
- Your mother always told you to stay away from the attic, but she never explained why. You are very surprised when you discover that she has been hiding a secret invention up there.
- What would you do if you found out your parents were aliens who disguised themselves as human?
- What is one invention that you feel changed the world? What would the world be like if it had never been invented?
- You thought your crush was just one-sided until this happened…
- Write a story about going on a road trip with a friend, and on that trip, the friendship turns into something more.
- You’re at a party when you suddenly see your ex. You grab the nearest person and pretend to be dating him/her and they just happen to be very attractive.
- A friend convinces you to go on a blind date and you think it’s going well, but then suddenly it goes horribly wrong.
- You’ve had a crush on a fellow student for months and somehow that crush ends up being revealed at a class meeting. Yet it turns out okay and you find out they have a crush on you, too.
For those reluctant writers or non-writers, we suggest you use the time-tested favorite writing prompts. They are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort. Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.
- Favorite foods
- Favorite movies
- Favorite character
- Favorite novel
- Favorite toy
- Favorite season
- Favorite movie
- Favorite holiday
- Favorite pet
- Favorite place
Turn this list on its head and write about your least favorite instead.
More Writing Prompts & Resources
- Writing Prompts for Kids: 180 Ideas for Students
- Weird Writing Prompts
- 28 Fun Writing Prompts
- 29 Creative Journal Prompts for Teens
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