The start of the new year is a time for setting new goals, looking forward to the future with optimism, and celebrating the arrival of the next chapter in life.
Support students in these endeavors using the following New Year’s writing prompts that inspire, motivate, and encourage self-reflection.
You’ll find a ready-supply of engaging writing prompts for the new year that are interesting to students of all ages and grade levels.
In addition to reducing writer’s block, these prompts improve writing skills, instill a love for writing, and foster a growth mindset.
Some also focus on implementing small steps in order to achieve big goals.
So pencil into your lesson plans this week a few of these exciting New Year’s writing prompts.
New Year’s Writing Prompts
Following you will find a variety of fun New Year’s writing prompts.
1. Describe what a room looks like after a New Year’s Eve party.
2. Write a diary entry sharing New Year’s resolutions.
3. Summarize a good book you read last year.
4. Would you rather pop fireworks or attend a New Year’s party? Why?
5. Create a story about a child who has trouble reaching his New Year’s resolutions but receives help from a teacher or family member.
6. Write about a New Year’s resolution that you accomplished.
7. Name 2 New Year’s resolutions that you have, and describe the specific steps that you will take in order to accomplish them.
8. These are the New Year’s resolutions that I think the teacher has for our class…
9. Write about some ways that your parents and teacher can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
10. In a few months when I have accomplished my New Year’s resolutions, this is how things will look…
11. Come up with a social media hashtag for New Year’s resolutions. What ideas, activities, or events will your hashtag be known for?
12. Write two math word problems that involve New Year’s Day.
13. Three S.M.A.R.T goals that I have for the new year are…
14. Write a grocery list of things that you’ll need for a New Year’s celebration.
15. Design a bumper sticker to advertise New Year’s Day.
16. Write a speech that offers tips on how to achieve goals.
17. Draft a New Year’s greeting card with a motivating message.
18. Write a story that takes place on New Year’s Day or Eve.
19. Tell about a fun New Year’s arts and crafts project that you think your classmates may like.
20. Share the pros and cons of making New Year’s resolutions.
21. In what whys can people show more kindness to others?
22. Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips to students on how to stay motivated and focused in the new year.
23. A juicy book that I read last year was…
24. This New Year, I am hoping that we will learn about…
25. List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, 5-letter, 6-letter, 7-letter, 8-letter, and 9-letter) that you can make using the letters from the term resolution.
26. Describe any New Year’s traditions that you and your family participate in each year.
27. Describe the three best things about New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve.
28. Five years from now, I hope to be…
29. Reflect on the past year. Write about at least three great things that happened.
30. Compare and contrast New Year’s Eve to another holiday.
31. Write a descriptive paragraph about a fireworks display show.
32. Compose a poem about New Year’s Day.
33. My goal is to make an A in ____. These are the steps I need to take in order to achieve this…
34. Which school and life events are you most looking forward to in the new year? Explain why.
35. Plan the perfect New Year’s Eve party. Describe this festive event including food, entertainment, etc.
36. Write about your favorite New Year’s tradition or event.
37. Research and write 10 to 15 facts about Chinese New Year.
38. As the clock strikes twelve, the house begins to shake. Continue the story.
39. Write a “recipe for prosperity”. Include the ingredients, measurements, and instructions.
40. If confetti could talk, what would it say?
41. Your family has won a New Year’s trip to any place in the world! Where will you go, what will you do, who will you see, etc.?
42. This year will be better than the last because…
43. My two fondest memories of the past year…
44. You wake up on January 1st to realize that the world is now controlled by snowmen. Continue the story.
45. This year, I am most looking forward to…
46. Write a letter persuading your parents to take you to a New Year’s Eve fireworks show.
47. On New Year’s eve, my family and I…
48. Last year, I was grateful for…
49. The president has decided that next year, New Year’s will begin in the month of June. Describe how things will be different and the same.
50. Next year, I absolutely can’t wait to…
51. My most memorable New Year’s holiday…
Final Thoughts: New Year’s Writing Prompts
Students will enjoy creating stories, reflecting on the past year, making resolutions, and stretching their imaginations using these fun New Year’s writing prompts.