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The best way to get into writing is simply to write . . .

and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing.

Grade 1

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Write One or Write Source 1

  • A special birthday
  • I’d like to see . . .
  • The biggest thing I ever saw
  • Noisy times and quiet times
  • I like to make . . .
  • What if toys could talk?
  • My shopping list
  • Don’t litter!
  • Big pets and small pets
  • Insects, insects everywhere
  • I’m happy when . . .
  • How plants grow
  • My adventure
  • Friendly places
  • My favorite foods
  • I know a lot about . . .
  • Picnic fun
  • Who’s at the zoo?
  • What will I share?
  • I rode on a . . .
  • The parade
  • I wonder why . . .
  • What’s under my bed?
  • What if I was 10 years old?
  • What makes me laugh?

Grade 2

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Write Away or Write Source 2

  • Games I play with friends
  • How to make new friends
  • A joke that makes everybody laugh
  • Something funny that happened to me
  • What I know about dinosaurs
  • An important person I know about
  • Good things about my neighborhood
  • My favorite foods
  • After-school games
  • Sometimes I wish . . .
  • What I like about math
  • My new friend
  • A “knock, knock” joke
  • Words I think are funny
  • What I know about stars
  • What I know about the ocean
  • Something I don’t understand
  • Things that could be better in my neighborhood
  • Foods I don’t like
  • Games we play at recess
  • Some of my favorite books
  • More topics.

Grade 3

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Write on Track or Write Source 3

  • My best birthday
  • My favorite family story
  • Magic tricks I can do
  • Amazing facts I know
  • The best house pets
  • Activities for outdoor fun
  • What I like about where I live
  • A place I’d like to visit
  • A sport I’m good at
  • Things I’d like to change
  • Book characters I’d like to meet
  • Things that are hard to believe
  • Funny things my pet has done
  • The weirdest house pets
  • Activities for indoor fun
  • A helpful person I’ve met
  • A great place to go
  • Having fun at school
  • More topics.

Grades 4-5

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Writers Express, All Write, Write Source 4, or Write Source 5

  • Staying at a friend’s house
  • A special secret place
  • When I was upside down
  • What if we suddenly had to move?
  • My most embarrassing moment
  • Talk about being scared!
  • Do I want to be famous?
  • Creepy, crawly things
  • What if I were the teacher?
  • I’ll never eat another . . .
  • My biggest surprise
  • This school really needs . . .
  • The first day of school is the worst/best.
  • A pet sitter needs special instructions to care for my pet.
  • Doing homework
  • A song that means a lot to me
  • My best day
  • A day in the life of my pet
  • I don't understand why . . .
  • Dirt bikes and in-line skates
  • A visit to a friend’s school
  • What is important to me?
  • A terrible storm
  • Me and the outdoors
  • My first school memories
  • More topics.

Grades 6-8

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  • Here’s what a new student needs to know about my school.
  • Why weekends should be longer
  • A narrow escape from trouble
  • What I’ve broken or lost that belongs to someone else
  • My first friend
  • A visit to a relative’s house
  • My chores
  • A dedicated teacher or coach
  • When I was lost
  • My idea of a fun weekend
  • A school field trip
  • I’ve done something no one else has done.
  • I’m principal for the day. Here’s my schedule of events.
  • A typical lunch hour
  • If only I would have listened!
  • How could TV be better?
  • My favorite neighbor
  • My bedroom from top to bottom
  • A memorable bus ride
  • My best class ever
  • My first concert
  • Finally, a good assembly
  • If I could be someone else, I would be . . .
  • The most fun I’ve had recently
  • More topics.

Grades 9-12

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  • My craziest experience in a restaurant or shopping mall
  • The hardest thing I’ve ever done
  • My first encounter with a bully
  • Let’s hear it for my favorite senior citizen.
  • The toys I’ll never give up
  • A friend who moved away
  • I couldn’t believe that my mother volunteered me for that job.
  • Putting my foot in my mouth
  • What if school sports were dropped?
  • Who knows me best?
  • What do I worry about?
  • My muscles were so sore after . . .
  • What do we Americans do well?
  • “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
  • I admit it; I enjoy professional wrestling.
  • An unforgettable dream
  • My worst vacation
  • A “visit” to a hospital, doctor’s office, or dentist’s office
  • Coping with brothers and sisters
  • A typical evening at home
  • Morning madness
  • When I was a discipline problem
  • A meaningful gift I’ve given or received
  • We all make mistakes.
  • Why do I deserve the job?
  • My brother (or sister) made me so mad!
  • Hanging out
  • Something this school really needs is . . .
  • Why are soap operas so popular?
  • I take some things too seriously.
  • What do I do to break routine?
  • More topics.