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In second grade students become more aware of their writing and understand that writing is a valuable tool for communicating their thoughts and ideas to others.  They no longer depend on a picture prompt to direct their writing, but are able to write about a specific topic for the purpose of communicating information.  By drawing on prior knowledge and personal experiences, students are able to make connections through writing.

The purpose of a daily writing prompt is to provide students with a daily writing exercise that allows them to practice organizational skills, demonstrate correct paragraph structure, apply grammar and mechanics, and write for an audience.  

During this semester, students will practice journal writing each afternoon.  Students will write in paragraph form (topic sentence, four supporting sentences, and a closing sentence) and will discover the importance of a strong lead (topic sentence) and a clear, focused closing when writing a paragraph.  Students will also learn how to indent their paragraph and create a title that captures their audience's attention.  

During this semester, students will be responsible for completing writing journals as a part of their weekly homework assignment.  This is so important for budding third graders! At the beginning of each month students will receive a writing calendar that contains a writing prompt for each school day. (These calendars are also available for downloading below.) Each week, students will take home a simple Writing Journal for that week’s writing homework. The writing assignment should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Students will turn in their Writing Journal each Monday (showing entries for each day of the previous week). Some students like to sit down and write for the entire week rather than write one prompt each day. This is fine. It's always a good idea to plan ahead. It's important that your child completes this homework.

Writing Prompts should include the following:
1. Title (be creative)
2. Date (the date of the calendar writing prompt)
3. Topic Sentence (hook your audience)
4. Four Supporting Sentences (be descriptive)
5. Closing Sentence (let your audience know you are finished)
6. Use descriptive phrases and describing words (use adjectives)

writing If you have any questions about the expectations for the Writing Journals, please do not hesitate to call or send me an email at  If you email, please type "Calendar Writing Prompts" in the subject line.





Journal Writing Prompt Monthly Calendars:

apple August   January
apple September   February
apple October   March
apple November   April
apple December   May
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More journal prompts:

      1. What’s the most important thing you would like to do?
      2. Write about a trick you would like to play on your mom.
      3. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outside?
      4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside?
      5. Tell about what you will be when you grow up.
      6. Write about what you would like to do for your next birthday.
      7. If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
      8. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.
      9. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.
      10. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?
      11. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
      12. What did you do that was fun during the weekend?
      13. What is something you would like to learn more about?
      14. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should have in her classroom?
      15. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
      16. Tell about your most favorite book.
      17. Tell about your favorite holiday. Tell why it is your favorite.
      18. Tell about your favorite restaurant. Tell why it is your favorite.
      19. Write a poem about what you think  third grade will be like.
      20. Do you think you will get married?? Write about what you think it will be like.
      21. What is something you love about yourself?
      22. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
      23. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
      24. Which season do you like the most?  Why?
      25. Which season do you like the least? Now tell why.
      26. You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
      27. Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.
      28. Tell about your favorite song.
      29. Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.
      30. What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!!
      31. Tell about your favorite sport.
      32. Tell about the last time you cried.
      33. What are you scared of?
      34. You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?
      35. Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.
      36. Have your elbow partner write something about you today.
      37. What would happen to you if you never went to school?
      38. In first grade, I want to learn about…
      39. My favorite animal is a….
      40. This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.
      41. What would you like to say to President Obama?
      42. What is something you are really good at doing or creating?
      43. What should you do if there is a bully on your bus?
      44. When I’m 100 years old…
      45. If a cat could talk, what would it say?