Journal Topics for Students

Journaling is something that can be beneficial to people of all ages. Diaries, dream journals, school journals, and just general life journals can give someone a place to get their thoughts out.


Finding good journal topics, especially for students, can be hard. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best journal topics for students. Many of these prompts are good for students of all ages. Keep reading to find out what you can have your students write about.


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As we said, most of these journal topics will be good for students of all ages. They are designed to get students to think, and work their minds. The topics are organized into different categories for ease of use.


Personal journal topics

1. Who is one person that you look up to? Why?


2. What do you want to be doing when you grow up? In 10 years? 20?


3. What are five things you are grateful for? Why are you grateful for them?


4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?


5. If you could turn into any animal for a day, which would you choose? Why?


6. What are five things that make you smile?


7. If you could invent a new job, what would it be? Why?


8. If you had to pick one season to stay in forever, which would it be? Why?


9. What do you think are your five best qualities?


10. What is your favorite celebration? What do you like most about it?


Family and friends


1. What makes a good friend? What makes a not-good friend?


2. How do you show other people that you care about them?


3. What makes someone family to you? Is it just blood, or can there be a chosen family?


4. If you could tell a family member something that’s been on your mind recently, what would it be?


5. What are your favorite activities to do with friends? Why?


6. If you were to get married, who would you definitely want to be there?


7. Think about one of your best friends or family members. What do you admire about them? What have they taught you?


School subjects


1. Who has been your favorite teacher? Why?


2. What teacher has had the largest impact on your life? How did they impact you?


3. What subject do you struggle with? Why do you think that is?


4. If you could change any one thing about your school, what would it be?


5. If you could invent one thing, what would it be?


6. What are your favorite parts about school?


7. What are your study habits like? Are they mostly helpful to you, or not?


So, if you want to encourage students to do journaling, it’s good to find journaling prompts that suit them. They should be things that will get someone to think, and possibly relate to something they are learning.


If you plan to read the journals or have them read by others, make sure the prompts aren’t too personal, either.


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