Essay Writing Topics For Grade 1

I love to write about journaling tips, creative journaling, and journal writing techniques.  I love journaling so much that I wrote and published two kids journals! Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of yours and your student’s favorite activities, too.

Personally, I am rarely at a loss for something to write about in my journal.  But, that is not the case for everyone.  Some people need some help getting started writing in their journals. If this is the case for you or your students, then read on to discover some magnificent journal writing prompts for kids. 

Journal Starters & Journaling Prompts for First Graders

Enjoy this most fantastic listing of 1st Grade Journaling Prompts. Use them, share them, and add to them, if you please by leaving a comment below.

  1. A special birthday for me is…
  2. A special birthday for an adult is…
  3. What is your favorite time of day? Explain why?
  4. I’d like to see . . .
  5. The biggest thing I ever saw
  6. If toys could talk what would they say?
  7. I am proud of myself because…
  8. What I know about rabbits is that…
  9. Tell about one thing you do really well?
  10. Insects, insects everywhere!!! Describe what you see!
  11. I’m happy when . . .
  12. This is how I think plants grow.
  13. My adventure would be
  14. I am afraid to_________ because
  15. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
  16. Describe your best day ever?
  17. What does a super-fun day look like to you?
  18. Climbing trees is…
  19. I wish trees could._______because….
  20. I want to be a ________ when I grow up.
  21. The perfect place in the whole wide world is…
  22. What can you do to help you feel better when you’re feeling blue?
  23. Walking in the rain is…
  24. Noisy times and quiet times are…
  25. For lunch today I…
  26. If I were a raindrop I’d…
  27. I like to make ______ because…
  28. I am always kind to__________ because
  29. My favorite stuffed animal or toy is…
  30. What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
  31. If I could choose a different name, I would choose _____ and this is why…
  32. Let’s go _______________. Describe your adventure in detail.
  33. What would happen if animals could talk?  What questions would you like to ask them?
  34. Imagine that you can become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you would do.
  35. What would you do if you were in the middle of the ocean and your boat springs a leak?

I am always adding posts of new and existing journaling prompts and invite your to take a look around my website to discover more journaling ideas and journal writing prompts for kids. And if you haven’t discovered them already, check out our fabulous listing of writing prompts for kids of all ages!

May your student’s journaling adventure be filled with joy, fun, and creativity.

Benefits of Journal Writing

One of the benefits of writing in a journal is the development of strong written communication skills. This is a stepping stone for your child’s success in the future especially during middle school and high school. I’m certain you know that strong communication skills are essential to a successful life.

Through writing, you are encouraging your child to explore the corners of his or her mind. Your child may discover a talent such as writing poetry or stories. Children have imaginative minds which they can use to write about interesting topics and insightful “stuff” from their lives.

Writing can also improve grammar and spelling. With regular practice, your child will learn the correct way to compose and construct sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. You might also want to consider encouraging your child to write creatively (starting at a young age if possible). Doing so will improve your child’s communication skills and writing abilities as well.

Another benefit of journal writing is that it improves the reading skills of your child. Journal writing also gives a sense of freedom to your child since she can write about anything that is on her mind.

As you can see, there are many wonderful benefits to journaling that will benefit your precious child. So be sure to make this activity a regular part of life and remember to fit journal keeping in at least two times per week (more if you can!).

Happy journal writing….

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As young students begin reading more on their own and learning how to write their own sentences and paragraphs, teachers may begin teaching the principles of narrative writing.  Narrative writing tells a story and typically includes an introduction, plot, setting, characters, climax, and conclusion or resolution.  Though young students may not immediately include all of these elements in their stories, teachers should help them understand what makes up a story and how to structure the order of their writing.

These narrative writing prompts for first graders offer a great entry point for young writers to begin learning about storytelling.Many of the prompts allow students to focus on all of the elements of narrative writing, while others simply serve as an introduction to the basic structure of telling a story.Whether students are describing what happened on the first day of school or writing about their favorite family vacation, they’ll love sharing their experiences and feeling like the stories they have to tell are valued.

30 New Narrative Writing Prompts for First Grade

Use these 30 new narrative writing prompts for first-grade students to help your kids learn about the basic elements of storytelling!

  1. Write a story about your best friend.What is he or she like?What are his or her favorite toys?
  2. Write about the best vacation you ever had.Why was it so special?
  3. Write about a time when you went to a special party.What did you do there?
  4. Write a story about your earliest memory.What happened?
  5. Write about your favorite thing to do.Why do you like it?
  6. Write about an animal that lives in your neighborhood (your pet, a neighbor’s pet, or a squirrel or bird who hangs out in your tree).What does the animal like to do?
  7. Write about a time when you went to the park.What did you do?Who did you go with?
  8. Write about a time when you got to stay up late.What did you do with the extra time?
  9. Write a story about the coolest place you ever went to.Why did you like it so much?
  10. Write about a time when your family went to a carnival or festival.What was the most exciting thing you saw?
  11. Write about your first day at school.How did you feel?
  12. Write about a time when you learned a new skill.Did you struggle to learn it at first?
  13. Write a story about your house.What do you like best about it?
  14. Write a story about your grandparents.What is your favorite thing to do with them?
  15. Write about a time when you got a good grade at school.How did you feel?
  16. Write about a time when your family went out to dinner.Where did you go?What did you have?
  17. Write a story about a time when you were surprised.What surprised you?
  18. Write about a trip your family took.Where did you go?
  19. Write a story about your favorite place in the world.Why is it so special?
  20. Write about a time when someone hurt your feelings.How did you respond?
  21. Write a story about something special you did with your mom.What did you do?
  22. Write a story about something special you did with your dad.What did you do?
  23. Write about a time when you made a new friend.How did you meet him or her?
  24. Write about something you are thankful to have.Why do you appreciate this thing?
  25. Write about a time when you were bored.What did you do?
  26. Write about your favorite toy.What do you like best about it?
  27. Write about the best weekend you ever had.Why was it so special?
  28. Write about a time when you got to do something fun that only kids can do.How do you think your parents felt?
  29. Write a story about something you like that not many other people like.Why do you think other people don’t like it?
  30. Write about the first time you rode a bicycle.What do you remember about your first ride?

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