Do you need ideas for writing prompts for student’s journal writing? A “just do it” journal writing routine is a great way to expand writing skills. Using current holidays, celebrations, seasons and events to create writing prompts for each month will ensure that writing prompts are fresh through out the year.
February is month of holidays and celebrations including National Wear Red Day, National Freedom Day, Groundhog Day, Presidents Day, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. February is also Black History Month, American Heart Month, National Dental Month, National Bird Feeding Month and Chocolate Lover’s Month.
Student Journal Writing Prompts for February
1. Write a rhyming Valentine’s Day poem.
2. Write a letter to your own heart telling it how you plan to take good care it.
3. Write a “how to entry” describing the steps for making a unique handmade Valentine’s Day card.
4. Write a short story about two animals that are in love. How will they spend Valentine’s Day?
5. Write a fun menu for a Valentine’s Day meal. Will you serve red foods? Will you make your favorite foods into the shape of a heart?
6. February celebrates Black History month. Write about an African American that you admire and why.
7. Imagine that Mr. February and Mr. January are having an argument about which is the better month. Write a dialogue for this conversation and don’t forget the quotation marks.
8. Write an acrocostic poem describing February starting each line with the letters to spell out February vertically.
9. Write a how to guide for young kids on how to take good care of your teeth.
10. Write a campaign speech explaining what you would do if you were elected as President of the United States.
11. Presidents’ Day is celebrated in February. What would be the biggest advantages of being President and would be the biggest disadvantages.
12. Write a journal entry explaining three objects you could use to create a unique birdfeeder.
13. Compare and contrast chocolate with another sweet treat.
14. Write a non-rhyming poem about “freedom.”
15. Write a short story about groundhogs.
Helpful Journal Writing Tip for Students:
Explain to young writers that although you provided the writing prompt, they should write to an audience that does not know what they were asked to write.
Often students will write things like “The best thing would be riding in a limousine.” This is the best thing about what? The reader will not know. A better beginning will use the words in the writing prompt in the first sentence such as “The best thing about being the President would be riding in a limousine.”
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