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Writing Prompts/Journal Topics


What is... 
    *   What is something you dislike about yourself? 
    *   What is something you do well? 
    *   What is your favorite room in your home and why?  
    *   What is a good neighbor? 
    *   What is the worst thing  parents can do to their children? 
    *   What is your favorite time of day? 
    *   What is your idea of a dull evening? 
    *   What is the best way to treat meddlesome people? 
    *   What is something you are optimistic about? 
    *   What is something you are pessimistic about? 
    *   What is your most  indispensable possession and why? 
    *   What is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last"? 
    *   What is your favorite song and why? 
    *   What is the best birthday present you ever received? 
    *   What is the best birthday present you could receive? 
    *   What is something that  makes you feel sad? 
    *   What is your favorite book and why? 
    *   What is something that really bugs you? 
    *   What is something that really makes you angry? 
    *   hat is the best advice you  ever received? 
    *   What is your favorite holiday? What makes this holiday special?  
    *   What is your favorite day of the week? 
    *   What is your favorite month? Why? 
What  if...
    *   What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would
you use this ability?  
    *   What would happen if there  were no television? Why would this be
good? bad? 
    *   What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses
would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel? 
    *   What if cows gave root beer instead of milk? 
    *   What if all the streets  were rivers? What would be different? 
    *   What would happen if people  never co-operated? Why do you think it
is important to co-operate?  
    *   What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs? 
    *   What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the
questions you would like to ask animals? 
    *   What would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted
to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now? 
    *   What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes? 
    *   What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What
if everyone did?  
    *   What if you could walk up  walls and across ceilings? 
    *   What would happen if you loved your neighbor as yourself? What if 
everyone did? 
    *   What would happen if you  grew taller than trees? How would this
change your life?  
    *   What would happen if children ruled the world? 
    *   What would happen if there  were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or
planes? How would this change your life? 
    *   What if everyone lived  under water? Where would people live? What
games would children play?  What would school be like? 
    *   What would happen if you found gold in your backyard? 
    *   What would you do if a bully bothered you on your way home? 
    *   What would you do if you did very poorly of a test? 
    *   What would you do if a  friend borrows things from you but never
returns them?  
    *   What would you do if you were the teacher and everyone forgot his 
    *   What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your
boat began to leak?  
    *   What would you do if your friend had a broken leg? How would you
cheer him  up? 
    *   What would you do if you saw little bugs in your salad? 
    *   What would you do if you  woke up in another country and no one could
understand you?  
    *   What would you do if you  ordered an ice cream cone and you forgot to
bring money?  
    *   What would you do if  someone got in front of you when you were in
line at the movies?  
    *   What would you do if your jelly sandwich fell upside down on the
    *   What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor
your friend  have had one? 
    *   What would you do if two of your best friends went to the movies
without inviting you?  
    *   What would you do if the surprise party was for you but you weren't
    *   What would you do if you got a present you didn't like? 
    *   What would you do if you were at home and your homework was at
    *   What would you do if you dropped the cookie jar and it broke? 
    *   What would you do if you were invited to two parties on the same
    *   What would you do if you  promised to feed your pet and you didn't? 
    *   What would you do if  someone said you did something wrong and you
    *   What would you do if your  new shoes felt fine in the store but now
they are hurting?  
    *   What would you do if  someone told you a joke that you don't think is
    *   What would you do if an  hour before the party you remember you don't
have a gift?  
    *   What would you do if a  friend comes to your house and his/her mom
doesn't know he's/she's  there? 
    *   What would you do if you had four math problems marked wrong that
were right?  
    *   What would you do if you found in the street? 
    *   What would you do if you found a magic wand? 
    *   What would you do if you waned to be friends with someone who spoke
no English?  
    *   What would you say if someone told you it was all right to steal
from a large department  store? 
    *   What would you do if you saw a friend cheating--report it, confront
the  friend, nothing--and why? 
    *   If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been? 
    *   If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world,
who would you take and why?  
    *   If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to
    *   If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
    *   If you received as a gift, what would you do with it? 
    *   If you could do whatever you wanted to right now, what would you do?
    *   If you were principal of this school, what would you do? 
    *   If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see
your family doing?  
    *   If you were five years older you would... 
    *   If you were lost in the woods and it got dark, what would you do? 
    *   If it wee your job to decide what shows can be on TV, how would 
you choose? 
    *   If there were no rules, what do you think would happen? 
    *   If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from
stealing from you?  
    *   If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you
choose and why?  
    *   If you could break the Guinness Book of Records it would be for?  
    *   If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose?
    *   If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what
would you do and why? 
What do you think...
    *   What do you think of 3D  movies? 
    *   What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount
of pollution in our environment? 
    *   What do you think the world needs now? 
    *   What do you think your friends say to each other when you're not
    *   What do you think about the amount of violence on TV? 
    *   What do you think about people polluting the environment? 
    *   What do you think about having set rules for people to follow? 
    *   What do you think about people who are inconsiderate of others? 
    *   What do you think should be done to keep people who are under the
influence of alcohol off the road?  
    *   What do you think the world will be like when you are a grown up? 
    *   What do you think about ghosts? 
    *   What do you think of someone who has bad manners? 
    *   What do you think about people who take advantage of others? 
    *   What do you think about when you can't fall asleep? 
    *   What do you think courage means? 
    *   What do you think makes a good friend? 
    *   What do you think makes a happy family? 
    *   What pollutants do you think do the most damage and why? 
    *   What things do you think are beautiful?
    *   What do you like most about yourself? 
    *   What do you like to do in your free time? 
    *   What kind of animal would you like to be and why? 
    *   What kind of trophy would you like to win? 
    *   What TV or movie star would you like to invite to your birthday
    *   What does "Clothes make the  person" mean to you? 
    *   What does "Have your cake and eat it too" mean to you? 
    *   What does "The early bird gets the worm" mean to you? 
    *   What do we mean when we say, "The grass is always greener on the
other side of the fence"?  
    *   What does "You can't take it with you" mean? 
    *   What do we mean when we say, "You can catch more flies with honey
than with vinegar"?  
    *   What do we mean when we say, "Hitch your wagon to a star"? 
    *   What does "still waters run deep" mean to you? 
    *   What does "There are two sides to every coin" mean to you? 
    *   What does Canada  mean to you? 
    *   What are you afraid of?  Why? 
    *   What are junk foods?  
    *   What are some nutritious foods that you like? 
    *   What are some rules you have to follow at home? 
    *   What are some examples of prejudice? 
    *   What is more important to you, appearance or personality? 
    *   What is most important to you in a friend--loyalty, generosity,
    *   What is something that makes you melancholy? 
    *   What makes your best friend your best friend? 
    *   What makes you feel safe?  
    *   What makes you laugh?  
    *   What would you invent to  make life better? 
    *   What would you do to entertain your family without spending any
    *   What effects does watching violence have on people? 
    *   What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young
    *   What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.  
    *   What kind of pet would you most like to have--monkey, snake,
    *   What kind of program do you  enjoy most on TV--detective shows,
comedies, game shows--and why?  
    *   What advice would you give a new student? 
    *   What advice would you give to someone who stole something but now
feels guilty?  
    *   What things are better than going to school? Why? 
    *   What talents do you have?  
    *   What three words would describe you right now? 
    *   What four things are most important in your life? 
    *   What color makes you think of happiness?  
    *   What has been the most fun  activity at school so far? 
    *   What quality do you like  about yourself--creativity, personality,
    *   What eccentric behavior in a friend disturbs you the most?  
    *   What parts of nature do you  like best? 
    *   What do you do for exercise?
    *   How do you feel when it's your birthday? Why? 
    *   How do you feel on the first day of winter? Why? 
    *   How would you feel if you were going to be on a show? Why? 
    *   How do you feel when you do something wrong? 
    *   How do you feel when you do something that is very good? 
    *   How do you feel when you play a trick on someone? 
    *   How would you feel if a new  child moved into your neighborhood?  
    *   How do you think the new child would feel? 
    *   How do you feel when you have had a fight with your best friend? 
    *   How do you think your friend felt? 
    *   How do you feel when you are in bed with the lights out? 
    *   How do you feel when you want something very badly and you cannot
have it? Why is this so important to have? 
    *   How do you feel on a warm sunny day? 
    *   How do you feel when you stay with a babysitter? 
    *   How do you feel when you're leaving home on vacation? 
    *   How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house? 
    *   How do you feel during a thunderstorm? 
    *   How do you feel on the first day of school? 
    *   How do you feel when your parents are upset with you? Why do they
become upset with you?  
    *   How do you feel on Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for? 
    *   How do feel on (any holiday)? 
    *   How do you feel when something scares you? What do you do when this
    *   How would you feel if someone told you that you were his or her best
    *   How do you feel about your appearance? 
    *   How would you change the world to make it better? 
    *   How do you think eating junk food affects you? 
    *   How do you have the most fun--alone, with a large group, with a few
friends--and why?  
    *   Explain how to play your favorite game.
I  wish...
    *   I wish I had a million...  Then I would... 
    *   I wish I had one... because  
    *   I wish I could be like....  This person is special because.... 
    *   I wish to be a ________  when I grow up. Then I will.... 
    *   I wish there were a law  that said..... This would be a good law
    *   I wish I could forget the time I ..... because.... 
    *   I wish trees could.....  because.... 
    *   I wish I could see......  because..... 
    *   I wish I could learn.....  because..... 
    *   I wish I didn't have to eat...... I don't like this food
    *   I wish everyone would learn  to ..... Then everyone would.....  
    *   I wish I never...... 
    *   I wish I had one more  chance to..... Then I would..... 
    *   I wish there was an  electric...... 
    *   I wish I had enough money  to...... 
    *   I wish everyone loved......  
    *   I wish all children would...... 
    *   I wish everyone had.....  
    *   I wish I could touch......  
    *   I wish animals could......  If they could, then..... 
    *   I wish I looked like....  because...... 
    *   I wish there were no  more..... 
    *   I wish I didn't have  to..... 
    *   I wish I could go to.....  
    *   I wish there really  was..... If there really was, then..... 
    *   I wish I could hear......  
    *   I wish I could give......  
    *   If all my wishes came true,  I would......
    *   Describe a time when you felt vengeful. 
    *   Describe your favorite toy. Why do you like it best?  
    *   Describe the most ludicrous outfit you can think of. 
    *   Describe the best teacher you ever had.
    *   When you are angry, how do you look? 
    *   When are you happiest?  
    *   When have you felt lonely?  
    *   When do you feel proud?  
    *   When was the last time you cried and why? 
    *   When a friend was in an embarrassing situation, what did you do? 
    *   When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling
your friends the truth?  
    *   When might it be bad to be  honest? 
    *   When someone picks on someone else, how do you feel? What do you do?
    *   Once, when you were very frightened, what happened? 
    *   Once, when you were embarrassed, what happened? 
    *   Once, when your feelings were hurt, what happened?
    *   Which quality best describes your life--exciting, organized, 
dull--and why? 
    *   Which quality do you dislike most about yourself--laziness,
selfishness, childishness--and  why? 
    *   Which place would you most like to visit--Africa,  China, 
    *   Which holiday has the most meaning for you-Canada Day, Thanksgiving,
Valentines Day--and why?  
    *   Which is least important to  ou--money, power, fame--and why? 
    *   Which is most important to you--being popular, accomplishing things,
being organized--and why? 
    *   Who do you talk to when you  have a problem? 
    *   Who is your favorite Star Wars character (or other  movie/book/TV
show, etc.)?  
    *   Who or what has had a  strong influence in your life?
    *   Where would you prefer to  be right now--mountains, desert,
beach--and  why?
    *   Why is it important to be honest? 
    *   Why is important to have good manners? 
    *   Why do you think adults smoke/drink? 
    *   Why is exercise important to someone your age? 
    *   Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink? 
    *   Why do you think the rules you must follow are good or bad? 
    *   Why would it be good to be honest? 
    *   Why have men and women usually only done certain types of work? 
    *   Why should or shouldn't a man stay home to care for the house and
children while his wife goes to work? 
    *   Why do you think some people take advantage of others? 
    *   Why do you think prejudice exists in the world? 
    *   Why would we say that  someone is "passing the buck"? 
    *   Why would a Prime Minister have a sign on his desk which read, "The
buck stops here"?  
    *   Why do you think tact is an important quality? 
    *   Why is it not wise to squander?