2nd Grade Journal Prompts

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Second grade reading prompts should be fun and stress-free so students can focus on formatting and structure. Common Core Standards require that students can compose three different types of writing. This lesson gives sample writing prompts for each of the types of writing required.

Writing Prompts 2nd grade

Second grade sees a transition in the focus of writing from mechanical (learning how to form the letters) to creative (learning to compose). By second grade, students should start focusing on writing story paragraphs that contain a beginning, middle, and end. Because the focus on writing has moved from just learning to form the sentences to correctly formatting the essays, journal prompts should remain light and fun. Allow students to write about themselves, their own interests, and things they enjoy as much as possible. Encourage them to focus on formatting and style as they write.

Common Core Standards call for three types of writing: informative, opinion, and narrative. This lesson will provide sample writing prompts in each of these areas that are fun and engaging for second grade students. Remember to verbally instruct students to include detail, adjectives, and elaboration in their writing for each prompt.

Informative Prompts

Informative writing has the goal of giving knowledge or information about something. Informative writing should focus on topics that are well known to the child so that the student can focus on formatting a proper essay and not struggle with the content.

  • Write a summary of your favorite book or movie. Remember to include a beginning, middle, and end. Make sure you use lots of detail to make it interesting for your reader.
  • Pretend you are talking to an alien child. How would you explain your favorite sport to the alien? Don't forget to use detail so the alien won't be confused.
  • Where is your favorite place in the whole world? Describe that place to me; don't forget to use plenty of adjectives to really bring your favorite place to life for me.

Opinion Prompts

Opinion prompts can also be thought of as persuasive prompts. The student is asked to focus on their own opinion and clearly explain their opinion to the reader. They may even want to try to persuade the reader to agree. Again, make sure to remind the student about formatting and structure so they focus on writing style.

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