Creative Writing Journal Topics

Lots of creative writing worksheets with prompts that spark students' imagination

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Pretend you had $100, but you weren't allowed to keep it for yourself. You have to give it away to a charity or person. Who would you give the money to? What would you want the person to do with it? (creative writing; economics; character ed.)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe one time when you were brave. (creative writing journal)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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If you could cook any meal for your family, what would you cook? Describe the meal and tell how you would make it.  (writing topic)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you woke up and saw a dinosaur in your backyard. Write a story telling what you see and do.  (journal topic)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.  (Writing ideas)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Write a story titled, "My Journey on a Pirate Ship." You and your friends can star in the story.  (journal topics)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be? Describe the pet and how you would take care of it.
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Do you have any brothers or sisters? If you do, describe what they're like. If you don't, tell whether or not you would like to have a brother or sister.  (creative writing; family)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you could have lunch with any celebrity. Who would it be? What kinds of things would you talk about?  (essay idea)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Write a story titled, "The Bat Who Couldn't Fly." (creative story prompt)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you were a wonderful painter and your parents would let you paint anything you wanted on your bedroom walls. What would you paint? Use lots of details to describe your artwork.  (descriptive writing essay)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe the oldest person you know. (descriptive paragraph writing)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe the youngest person you know. (descriptive writing topics)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Do you think a monkey would make a good pet? Explain why or why not.  (persuasive writing topics)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Think of a time when you've won something. Tell what you won and how you won it.  (personal narrative)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what is on it and how you would make it. (critical thinking and writing)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Write a story titled, "The Baby Dragon."  (writing creative stories)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe several ways a person your age can earn money.  (Social Studies writing topics)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you are a spider. Where would you build your web? Tell how you would build it? What bugs do you catch in it?
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Write about something that always puts a smile on your face.
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How old were you four years ago? Describe some things you can do now that you could not do then.  (critical thinking writing)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you worked at a football stadium. What would your job be? (examples: quarterback, cheerleader, coach, referee, ticket seller) Describe what you would do while you were on the job.  (creative journal prompt)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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What do you like best about your home? (descriptive writing idea)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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If you could be on any television game show, what would it be? Tell what would happen when you are on the show.  (creative thinking)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe your favorite season (fall, spring, summer, or winter). Tell what kinds of things you like to do during that season.  (Science journal topics)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Imagine you were on a trip to the moon.  Describe the trip. Tell what you see and do. (Science writing journal topic)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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If you could spend an afternoon with one member of your extended family, who would it be? Tell why you chose this person and tell what you do together.  (descriptive writing)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Which superpower would you most like to have-- invisibility, super strength, or the ability to fly? Describe what kinds of things you would do with your powers. (creative thinking)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Describe one thing you're really good at. (personal narrative)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Would you rather live in a castle, on a houseboat, or on a farm?  Why?  (writing ideas)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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If you were a doctor, what kind of doctor would you be? (examples: children's doctor, veterinarian, eye doctor, dentist) Tell what your job would be like. (careers)
Kindergarten to 5th Grades
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Manipulative Proofreading Wheels
Manipulative wheel for students to use when they're checking over their writing.  Check for capitals, end marks, topic sentence, etc.
1st through 6th Grades
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A colorful version of the proofreading wheel above.
1st through 6th Grades
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