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Creative Writing Journal Prompts

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Creative writing journals allow students to practice their skills and learn to better observe the world. Try some of these ideas for creative writing journals and prompts that you could use in your classroom.

Creative Writing Journals

Creative writing journals can be a useful way to provide students with consistent writing practice. They can improve writing, aid memory, and encourage kids to observe people around them. There are many different types of creative writing journals: journals for actual pieces of writing, journals for ideas and observations, and journals for free writing. Let's take a look at a few of these types of journals, and some prompts that would be appropriate for students of many ages.

Writing Journal Prompts

One kind of journal students can keep in a classroom is simply a regular journal that helps them practice their writing. You can ask students to write about a different topic each day, allowing them to dedicate a significant amount of time to creating short pieces of writing. Here are a few possible writing journal prompts:

  • Describe your weekend in story form - feel free to embellish, and make the story extra-exciting.
  • Describe what you consider to be your culture, and what it means to you.
  • What is your best and worst feature? Give examples or tell stories about them.
  • What do you think is the most important character trait to have? Use anecdotes and stories to show why it is important.
  • Describe a dream or nightmare - it can be real or made up.
  • Tell the story of the best day of your life.
  • Tell a story about your life 10 years from now.
  • If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why? How do you think it would go?
  • Design a house in your mind and then describe it.
  • Tell a story about what your life might be like if you lived in a different era of history (you can choose which era).
  • Someone is being mean to your friend. Convince them that they should stop. This can be done as an essay or as a story.
  • Think of an argument you don't agree with, and try to defend it.

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