Journaling topics are helpful to ignite the imagination and get those creative juices flowing freely, and students who begin the habit young are likelier to continue throughout their lives. Journal keeping is truly a gift that keeps on giving, helping teens to develop skills that will aid them in resolving conflict, coping with stress and balancing their mental health for decades to come.
Before simply throwing out topics to your students, however, it’s helping to institute a class-wide journaling practice. First and foremost, that means explaining to students some of the above benefits of writing in a journal. Even if outwardly they roll their eyes, inwardly they will take away at least some of that message.
Next, create a regular routine that you follow at least once a week, setting aside a full 15 minutes for fiction, nonfiction, and personal topics. Create a journaling “mood,” perhaps dimming the lights, putting on certain music or using a visual cue, such as a soothing image on the SMART Board or screen at the front of the class. Soon enough, the classroom “brain” will learn that these cues mean it’s time to settle into that writing frame of mind.
So don’t wait! With this fun, imaginative collection of writing ideas, there is much to explore and to write about. Make sure to read through the following list of prompts and work them into your writing practice or classroom routine today!
27 Fun Journal Writing Topics and Prompts for Young Writers
- Why are friends so important?
- Why is family so important?
- Describe Sundays at your house.
- Observe at least 5 things you see happen on your way home from school/work and write about them.
- Describe a place from your past.
- Describe your concept of luxury.
- Describe happiness and what it means to you.
- Write a poem about your favorite person, animal, or place.
- What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
- What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it is important to co-operate?
- What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
- What would happen if animals could talk?
- What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
- What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
- What is something you would like to learn more about?
- What is something you love about yourself and why?
- If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
- Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
- Which season do you like the most?? Why??
- Which season do you like the least, why????
- You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
- Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.
- Tell about your favorite song.
- Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your back yard (or out on a walk or at the park).
- What is something that makes you HAPPY!!!!! and why?
- Tell about the last time you cried.
- What are you scared of and why?
Like many practices whose benefits used to rest only on anecdotal claims, science offers increasing evidence for the mental and emotional benefits of journaling. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center*, journaling brings a wealth of upsides, including:
- Managing anxiety and stress
- Coping with unpleasant or traumatic situations
- Working on positive self-talk
Journal writing also cultivates creativity, personal expression, and the more technical side of writing.
If you and your students enjoyed these topics, or if you came up with some excellent ones of your own, please feel free to share them with us. In the meantime, enjoy the soulful and creative exploration of these questions and the act of journaling can bring about.
Related Links & Resources
- Journal Writing Tips for Kids
- Journal Writing Examples and Activities
- Creative Writing Journal Prompts
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*University of Rochester Medical Center Source.