31 6th Grade Journal Prompts and Topics — As kids enter middle school and prepare to become teenagers, many sixth graders find themselves struggling to understand their emotions and to express their changing, unique personalities. It’s a challenging time, for sure, but journaling can help.
Journaling can help students make sense of their experiences and reflect on who they are and where they’re heading next in life. It can give one perspective and is an excellent tool for self-expression.
In these excellent list of journaling prompts for 6th graders, students will reflect on everything from what it means to be a good friend to what goals they hope to accomplish in the next few years.
Now you can use these 6th grade journaling prompts in your classroom to give your students a safe, comfortable space to consider their thoughts and opinions without worrying about judgment from others!
As your sixth graders explore what inspires them about their heroes and complete writing exercises like a poem about their favorite day of the year, they will become more confident in their thoughts and opinions—and most importantly, they will also enjoy an incredible opportunity to express themselves freely.
Ok, get to it!
31 6th Grade Journal Prompts
Have your sixth grade writers pick a prompt for inspiration and then get to the business of improving their writing skills.
- What is your favorite way to show your individuality?
- If you could take any animal from the zoo home as a pet, which would you choose—and why?
- What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? What inspired you to do it?
- Write a short story about the future. How will daily life be different 50 years from now?
- What is the most important part of being a good friend? Why?
- If you could go back in time to witness any single historical event, which would you choose? Why?
- If you could invent any one thing, what would you create? Why? How would you create it?
- Write about a time when you were not totally truthful with someone. What happened? How did you resolve the situation?
- Do you consider yourself artistic? Why or why not?
- Do you consider yourself athletic? Why or why not?
- Would you rather spend time relaxing by yourself or with a group of friends? Why?
- What does it mean to be a good citizen of a community?
- What is something that would surprise your classmates about you? What do you think they would find most surprising about that fact?
- Write a poem about your favorite day of the year.
- If you met a genie that could give you any talent in the world, what would you ask for—and why?
- Write a story about you and three of your friends getting marooned on a desert island.
- What is the most surprising thing about you most people do not know?
- Write about the best thing that happened to you last year.
- Who is your hero? What inspires you about this person?
- What is the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home? Who did you travel with? Did you enjoy the experience?
- Write about your dreams. Do you typically remember your dreams? Do you dream in color or black and white? Are your dreams usually realistic or fantastical?
- Write a short story about a kid with an unusual talent.
- What is your biggest goal right now? What are you doing to work toward it?
- Is it best to be an oldest sibling, middle sibling, youngest sibling, or only child? Why?
- What part of being an adult sounds like the most fun? Why?
- What part of being an adult sounds the most challenging? Why?
- What is your favorite thing about your mom?
- What is your favorite thing about your dad?
- Write a poem about the feeling you get when you hang out with your best friend.
- What is your most prized possession? What makes it so special to you?
- If you could live in any fictional TV show, movie, or book, which would you choose—and why?
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I’m sure you young writers will love these ideas and resources. But, if they need even more inspiration, talk a look at…
The Favorites List
In addition to the list of 6th grade journal prompts above, I have this excellent and simple list of journal ideas for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction. You see…
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 writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.
Have students write about their:
- Favorite foods
- Favorite pizza topping or food item
- Favorite place
- Favorite board game or video game
- Favorite person or superhero
- Favorite holiday or season
- Favorite memory
- Favorite book
- Favorite character in a movie
- Favorite fictional character from a book
- Favorite movie
- Favorite famous person/celebrity
- Favorite animal
- Favorite childhood memory
- Best day
- Best pet
- Dream career
- Wish list
- Best book
- Most intriguing discovery
- Biggest surprise of my life so far is…
Have kids pick a great prompt and write a journal entry or free write for a couple of minutes. Turn this list on it’s head and writer about the worst thing. To amp up your writer’s creativity even more, check out our extensive collection of creative writing ideas. (There are ideas about space, pirates, rainy days, and more…)
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