Sentence Starters For Journal Writing – Part 1

Young children should write in a journal every day.  It is helpful if a certain time is set aside each day for your child to sit and think and concentrate while writing. Many children are overwhelmed when they open their journal to a blank page…what to write about.  Many adults simply say…just write. Well this is challenging for a beginning writer and they need ideas from you to get them started.  Here is a list of journal writing starters that will be perfect for your child.  It is a long list so I will give some today, more tomorrow and finish up the next day.  There is plenty here to get your child started…so get your child, give him/her a journal and watch the writing happen.  My only request, and it is always my same request for the early writer, DO NOT SPELL words for your child.  This DOES NOT HELP!  Your child should write only the sounds that he/she hears and the more that he/she writes the more sounds you will begin to see on the written page.  Parents, be patient with your writer, so that he/she will LOVE what he/she is doing and not feel any pressure from you.

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What would you do if you woke up at night to find your room was filled with smoke?

If I could change places with my parents for one day, I would …
The best day I ever spent was …
One thing that really makes me angry is …
If I had three wishes I would wish for …
If I had things my way I would …
What is the best present you ever received (or gave) and why?

If you could decorate your room any way possible, what would you do?

Who would you like to hang out with for a day and why?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Tell a story about one of your parents as a child.

If you could choose your name, what would you be called?

Name one sport you would like to be really good at and why.

Write about:

… one of the five senses
… your house
… a hamburgers ingredients
… the best kind of pet
… how a turtle protects itself
… why your proud of your school
… favorite things about your school
… the parts of a tree
… your favorite animal
… something you did over the weekend
… an event to remember
… things that quench your thirst
… the benefits of watching television
… your favorite book
… your favorite movie
… a visit to the doctor or dentist
… why you like skateboarding, skiing, bicycling, etc…
… places to go in your city
… things to do when your sick
… your grandma or grandpa
… your favorite toy, or video game



Filed under First Grade, Improving Reading Skills, Kindergarten, Language Arts, Reading

2 responses to “Sentence Starters For Journal Writing – Part 1

  1. Pingback: Sentence Starters for Journal Writing – Part 2 | Thoughts from a Kindergarten Teacher – Now a First Grade Teacher

  2. Pingback: Sentence Starters For Journal Writing – Part 3 | Thoughts from a Kindergarten Teacher – Now a First Grade Teacher

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