For those of us in the USA there are only a few weeks of school left. Most of us are learning from a distance. Many of us are still hanging by a thread. All of us are waiting for the year to finish. The short break after we finish will be one that is incredibly needed. And then we will begin again, the process of thinking about next year. Here are 17 journal prompts that you can use in your virtual classrooms as we wind down this unusual year.
- Describe one of your proudest moments.
- Write about three values that are important to your family.
- What is your favorite way to be creative? Explain how this makes you feel creative.
- What is your favorite thing about yourself? Describe this and why it’s your favorite.
- Make your bucket list for the next 5 years, the next 10 years, and for life.
- Invent an imaginary sport. What are the rules? How does the scoring work? Who typically plays it?
- Imagine inventing a new holiday or celebration. What would you call it? When would it be celebrated? (Would it be the same date every year, like Christmas and Valentines’ Day, or would it move, like Thanksgiving and Easter?) What would people do during that holiday?
- How could you help someone else this week? Write a list of all your ideas.
- Describe one of your first memories of school in as much detail as possible.
- Explain a time that you felt very sorry for someone and what you did for them, or what you wish you would have done differently.
- Persuade me to watch your favorite television show.
- Tell me about a time when you thought something was going to be boring and then it ended up being fun.
- What do you think about when you are thinking about writing?
- Describe what it is like shoveling snow to someone who has only lived on the equator.
- Write a thank you note to an inanimate (non-living) object.
- Report on a battle between Big Foot and a Unicorn.
- Write about a day in the life of a squirrel – from the squirrel’s perspective.
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