What are Good New Year’s Writing Ideas for Students? The start of the new year is an especially relevant time for journaling and reflection. As you prepare for the next year, encourage students to reflect on their success in the previous year and their goals for the new year. Though journaling might seem like a simple endeavor, the practice can have a profound impact on a student’s learning process.
These 50 journal prompts invite students to think about their New Year’s resolutions and their happiest memories of the past year. They’ll consider short-term and long-term goals and think about the paths they can take to make their dreams come true.
Journaling allows students to reflect and consider their own ideas in a format that is both structured and creative. When students write, they enjoy the freedom of expression and the opportunity to explore. These invaluable skills will serve them as they move on to more advanced concepts in the classroom and in life.
Help students aim for their goals with these New Year’s journal prompts. Through reflections and resolutions, they’ll be ready to take on new challenges in the new year!
Happy New Year!
Journal Prompts and Writing Ideas
- Why do people make resolutions?
- How can you improve your life in the new year?
- If you could have a New Year’s wish, what would it be?
- How do you feel at the start of a new year?
- What is your favorite New Year’s memory?
- How do you celebrate New Year’s?
- Why is New Year’s a good time for resolutions?
- What are you the most excited for in the coming year?
- Are you sad to see the old year pass?
- Do you like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?
- How was your last year successful?
- By the end of the year, I will…
- What was your favorite part about last year?
- Do you normally make New Year’s resolutions?
- Last year was a year of…
- This year will be a year of…
- If you could celebrate the new year from anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Is New Year’s significant to you?
- What is the most successful year you’ve ever had?
- What is the best way to ring in a new year?
- How long does it take you to get used to the new year?
- What is your favorite part of New Year’s celebrations?
- What resolutions will you make this year?
- What does the new year symbolize?
- If the new year is a successful year, how will you describe it when it’s over?
- What would it be like if the new year started in July?
- What was the best thing that happened to you last year?
- Describe last year in five words. What do these descriptions mean to you?
- Do you think the world will better or worse in the new year and why?
- How does it feel to celebrate the new year after people in other time zones?
- What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
- Make a plan for your new year celebration. Where will you be? What will you be doing?
- What kind of goals should our class set for the new year?
- Have your parents always allowed you to stay up late on New Year’s Eve?
- Why is New Year’s important?
- Do you need a new year to make a change?
- Why do people gather around to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?
- Make a resolution and outline a plan that will help you stick to it.
- How will you remember last year?
- When you were younger, what did you think of New Year’s?
- What does your family do on New Year’s Eve?
- What does it mean to have a fresh start?
- Did you keep your new year’s resolutions from last year?
- What did you accomplish last year?
- What are your goals for next year?
- Write about a time when you successfully kept a New Year’s resolution.
- How do you reflect at the start of a new year?
- What does the new year mean to you?
- Set three goals for the new year. How will you keep them?
- Do you believe New Year’s resolutions are helpful?
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