When asking students to write in a journal, there is a time and a place for free writing and then there is a time for structured, focused writing. Personally, I prefer free writing but with students, I find it helpful to use journal writing prompts. Just as an adult, a child is more likely to write in a lively manner if they are intrigued and excited about the topic.
If you use journaling as a tool in your classroom, you’ll want to ensure that the journal writing topics are fun for the kids and interesting to write about.
Below is a fabulous list of journal writing prompts. Check them out!
A Collection of “What if…” Journal Writing Prompts
- What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
- What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
- What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
- What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
- 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 would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now?
- What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
- What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What if everyone did?
- What if you could walk up walls and across ceilings?
- What would happen if you loved your neighbor as yourself? What if everyone did?
- What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?
- What would happen if children ruled the world?
~ Excerpted from CanTeach.ca writing prompts listing.
Journal writing is an incredible powerful classroom tool. Help your student’s get started by using writing prompts. See a listing of more journal prompt ideas for kids by clicking here.
After a while, you might like to graduate to having your students generate their own writing ideas! Be sure to mix up their journal writing experience to keep in exciting, fun and interesting. By the way,creative journaling is a great way to keep journal writing interesting.