2nd Grade Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Students in second grade have had a year to get used to writing assignments, so they can expect to be a bit more detailed with prompts. Read on to see how to utilize your students' abilities.

What Should 2nd Graders Write About?

The adjustment from kindergarten to regular school is now over, and the transition for some students may have been more difficult than for others. During this formative time, it is important to remember to never let children lose the ability to write freely when it comes time for a prompt. Some of these ideas will give them plenty of wiggle room:

  • What Makes a Good Friend: The new social interactions for children will form bonds they have not experienced before, and these friendships make for a wealth of material for them to explore in writing. Who are their friends, and why do they enjoy the company of others? How did they form their friendships, and what do they enjoy doing together?
  • What Is the Best Season: Students will have a chance to not only describe what they like about their favorite time of the year, but they will begin to understand the basis for making persuasive arguments in writing by backing up their opinions with facts about weather and scenery.
  • The Job I Never Want: This will allow students to vent a little bit, and describe something they see in a negative light. Giving them a chance to criticize something also opens the door on disagreeing with popular opinions in their future, whether it is in school or the real world. Material's Elementary English Language Arts course contains chapters that can apply to 2nd graders. These chapters have short, fun video lessons and practice assessments that can be completed on computers, smartphones and tablets.

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