Best First Day of School Writing Prompts (All Grade Levels)

Break the ice and start back-to-school season smoothly using these fun first day of school writing prompts.

Whether high school, middle, elementary, or kindergarten, these journal prompts encourage students to showcase their writing skills, set a growth mindset, and use creativity.

First Day of School Writing Prompts

Get to know your students, and assess their writing skills using these fun back-to-school writing prompts.

Back-to-School Writing Prompts

  • Here are some things that make me feel good…
  • Describe the perfect school day.
  • Which animal best represents your personality? Describe the similarities between you and the animal.
  • Pretend that you have been transformed into a superhero. Write about your superpowers and personality traits. Be descriptive and imaginative.
  • List 10 adjectives that describe how you felt during summer break. Now write a poem using those words.
  • Draft a letter to your teacher convincing him/her that you are the right person for a particular classroom job.
  • In 2 to 3 paragraphs, describe how to play your favorite outdoor game.
  • Describe the most memorable school project you’ve ever done. Give lots of details so that the reader can visualize.
  • Brainstorm three S.M.A.R.T goals you want to accomplish this school year, and explain why you chose them.
  • The principal wants your input for a new after-school club. Share your ideas. Be convincing so that he or she will choose your idea.
  • Write a letter to a classmate or the teacher introducing yourself. Share your name, age, favorite music, interests, and any special talents.
  • Three things I want my teacher to know about me…
  • Describe what you did the day before in order to prepare for the first day of school.
back to school writing prompts pdf
back to school writing prompts pdf

First Day of School Writing Prompts (Kindergarten)

  • On the first day of school, I feel…
  • For the new school year, I can’t wait to learn about…
  • The best thing about school is…
  • Two goals I have for myself this year are…
  • During the summer break, I…
  • My favorite summer memory…
  • When I grow up, I want to be…

First Day of School Writing Prompts (1st Grade)

  • Describe how you felt on the first day of school.
  • Write about what you want to be when you grow up.
  • The perfect school day looks like…
  • In 1 to 2 paragraphs, explain how to play your favorite indoor recess game.
  • Write about at least two skills and/or topics you are excited to learn about this school year.
  • Write about what you did during the summer break.
  • Draft a letter to your older self.
  • Describe in detail a time in your life when you were very frightened.
  • State two S.M.A.R.T goals you have for yourself this school year, and explain why you chose them.
  • Two facts that my teacher should know about me…
  • Your teacher is asking your opinion regarding a few new class rewards. Mention at least 2 of your favorite prizes, and explain why she should select one of your choices.
  • The absolute best thing about summer vacation…
  • List 1o words connected with back-to-school. Now compose a poem that includes those words.
  • Describe in detail a really good first day of school.
  • Write a story about being the new kid in school.

Middle School

  • Draft a recommendation to your best friend about a place that you think he and his/her family should visit. State why they should go, and provide clear reasons.
  • I would like my teacher to know…
  • Set 2 academic and 2 personal goals that you would like to reach this school year. Explain why you chose those objectives.
  • Choose an animal that best represents your personality. In 2 to 3 paragraphs, describe how you are similar to the animal.
  • Write a review of one of your summer reading books.
  • Imagine that you’re in charge of helping the librarian create a themed book display for the first week of school. Describe your ideas for the display. For example, what genre would you choose, which book titles, how would the display look, etc.?
  • Write a letter to your younger self and one to your older self.
  • The principal is thinking to add a new class to the schedule, and she wants your input. Share your idea for a class, and convince her to choose yours by providing lots of good reasons.
  • I am most excited to do the following activities this school year…
  • Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips on how to start the school year on a good note.

High School

  • Using the 5Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, How?) write about the best vacation you’ve ever taken.
  • Brainstorm 15 emotions that you felt this summer. Then write a poem about those feelings.
  • Reflecting on all the lessons you’ve learned, write a letter to your younger self. Then write one to your older self.
  • Write an article explaining why your school’s football or basketball team is the best in the district.
  • Choose one of your favorite vacation spots. Write a recommendation explaining why others should visit.
  • Write about a school day in the life of your teacher. What adventures, challenges, surprises, and successes might he or she face daily?
  • In 2 to 4 paragraphs, explain the most memorable school project you’ve ever completed.
  • Write a letter to your teacher convincing him why it’s okay to allow students to use their devices after completing class assignments.
  • Write a letter to an elementary student with tips on how to cope with first day jitters.
  • Would you rather take a test or write an essay? Explain your thinking.
  • This school year, I am most looking forward to…

Get-to-Know-You Writing Prompts for High School

  • Interview a classmate to get to know him/her better. Use the 5Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?) to help generate at least 10 questions.
  • Share in detail which skills you are excited to learn this year.
  • For the new school year, write 3 academic goals you have. What steps will you take to reach them?
  • Write about two habits you need to change plus what you will do in order to improve.
  • Describe the recipe for success this school year. What does it take to consistently stay on task, receive good grades, and be an all-around great student?
  • Here’s what my dream job looks like…
  • Write a letter to your new teacher sharing three very important things that he/she should know about you. Tell why, and be descriptive.
  • Describe your dream college plus a typical day for you on campus.
  • In letter form, tell your new teacher three to four topics that you’d like to learn about this school year. 
  • Write about the perfect first day of school. 
  • Write a critique of a book or movie that you recently consumed. Be sure to highlight both the book or movie’s strong and weak points.

More Get-to-Know You Writing Prompts (All Grades)

  • Describe some books you enjoy in your favorite book genre.
  • Make a list of your favorites (movies, music, food, subjects, holidays, sports, animals, vacation spots, etc.) Share why you love these things.
  • Share 10-15 cool facts about yourself. (e.g languages spoken, extracurricular activities, etc.)
  • Write about any countries you’ve visited. Describe any memorable moments.
  • Would you rather read fiction or non-fiction books? Why?
  • Retell a scene from a book you recently read.
  • What are 2 goals you want to accomplish this year?
  • When you are an adult, what career would you like to have? Why do you think you’d be good for this job?
  • Describe your family.
  • Which 10 adjectives would you use to describe yourself? Give an example for each.
  • The perfect day looks like…
  • Write about some things that make you sad and some things that make you happy.
  • How does a typical weekend look for you and your family?
  • In detail, share any holiday traditions you participate in with your family.
  • Name 2 of your academic strengths and 2 areas in which you need to improve.

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