Essay Prompts For 2nd Grade

These 2nd-grade writing prompts (or essay topics for the second grade) are written for students in grade two. They are free to use under a Creative Commons License.

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  1. Imagine that whilst playing in the garden, you hear tiny voices and go off to see who it could be. Describe what happens next.
  2. If there were no TV, radio, or computers – what might you do instead?
  3. If all the sea suddenly drained away, what would it look like?
  4. What is the best view you could possibly have out of your bedroom window if you could choose anything, anywhere?
  5. Imagine something is moving in the loft space above your bedroom. Everyone else is asleep, so you take your torch and go and investigate. Write about what might happen next.
  6. Invent the best toy you can think of. Describe it.
  7. Tell me about the last time you did something really kind.
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  9. What makes a best friend?
  10. Which day of the week do you like best and why?
  11. If you could ask your teacher one question about themselves, what would it be and why?
  12. Pretend it is your birthday and the postman has delivered a box too big to fit in the house. Write about what might be in the box.
  13. Picture yourself in a gloomy castle, exploring it with two friends. You find a door that is not locked and enter. Write about what happens next.
  14. Imagine that when the family are asleep, their garden gnomes come to life and do some very bad things! Write about these naughty gnomes.
  15. What would it be like if your dog spoke to you, but only when there was nobody else around? What would the dog say and how would you prove he could talk?
  16. Which is your favourite season and why?
  17. Tell me what you really like about where you live.
  18. Close your eyes and really imagine you are lying in your bed at home. Now tell me what you can hear.
  19. Imagine you buy a newspaper with the headline; 'The First Elephant in Space' – write about what the story would tell you.
  20. Write about your earliest memory.
  21. Tell me about a really long queue you have been in.
  22. Tell me about your favourite bedtime story. Maybe try and make one up of your own.
  23. Describe three smells you can smell at your school!
  24. Imagine that a gate at the bottom of your friend Billy's garden opened onto the moon. Write about what happens next.
  25. If you decided to run away and join a band of pirates, what might it be like?
  26. Imagine if a smelly skunk wanted to join a rock band. Describe what might happen.
  27. If you did not live in a house and had to live in something else, what would you like that to be and why?
  28. Imagine if we all walked sideways like crabs. What funny problems might that cause?
  29. What are dreams made of?
  30. Imagine what would happen if you and a friend dug a huge hole and did not stop digging for a year. Where would the hole end up, what would it look like?
  31. If a lion could talk, what might it say about being moved from the jungle to a zoo near you?
  32. Invent and write about a really scary school dinner lady.
  33. Tell me about the item of clothing you most like to wear. What does it look like and why is it your favourite?
  34. Consider what might happen at a party which had a very, very, very unusual guest.
  35. Tell me about a time you were really bored.
  36. Why do people keep diaries and what sort of things do they write about? Would you like to keep a diary, or do you even do so already?
  37. Do you like really wild weather? Tell me about some and why you liked it.
  38. Why when birds are asleep at night, do they not fall out of trees? We would!
  39. Imagine a bear who wanted to make friends with people, only to find everyone was scared of him. Write about what might happen.
  40. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
  41. What would you look like if you cut your own hair... in the dark!
  42. Sid Snake goes on holiday to the seaside, write about what might happen.
  43. Tell me what you would get up to if you could be an astronaut for a day.
  44. Describe your secret friend who you can only see by using a mirror.
  45. What funny things might happen if you had to spend the day walking backwards?
  46. Tell me about a doctor you know. What makes a good doctor do you think?
  47. Finishing a book is like waving goodbye to a best friend. Do you agree with this?
  48. Tell me about when you have made a really big mess in your house.
  49. Go into your room and tell me about an item you can see in there.
  50. Imagine you have a friend who lives miles away and who is coming to stay with you for a week. Write him a letter describing your home and family and what you can both do together.

Journal Writing


In second grade students become more aware of their writing and understand that writing is a valuable tool for communicating their thoughts and ideas to others.  They no longer depend on a picture prompt to direct their writing, but are able to write about a specific topic for the purpose of communicating information.  By drawing on prior knowledge and personal experiences, students are able to make connections through writing.

The purpose of a daily writing prompt is to provide students with a daily writing exercise that allows them to practice organizational skills, demonstrate correct paragraph structure, apply grammar and mechanics, and write for an audience.  

During this semester, students will practice journal writing each afternoon.  Students will write in paragraph form (topic sentence, four supporting sentences, and a closing sentence) and will discover the importance of a strong lead (topic sentence) and a clear, focused closing when writing a paragraph.  Students will also learn how to indent their paragraph and create a title that captures their audience's attention.  

During this semester, students will be responsible for completing writing journals as a part of their weekly homework assignment.  This is so important for budding third graders! At the beginning of each month students will receive a writing calendar that contains a writing prompt for each school day. (These calendars are also available for downloading below.) Each week, students will take home a simple Writing Journal for that week’s writing homework. The writing assignment should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Students will turn in their Writing Journal each Monday (showing entries for each day of the previous week). Some students like to sit down and write for the entire week rather than write one prompt each day. This is fine. It's always a good idea to plan ahead. It's important that your child completes this homework.

Writing Prompts should include the following:
1. Title (be creative)
2. Date (the date of the calendar writing prompt)
3. Topic Sentence (hook your audience)
4. Four Supporting Sentences (be descriptive)
5. Closing Sentence (let your audience know you are finished)
6. Use descriptive phrases and describing words (use adjectives)

If you have any questions about the expectations for the Writing Journals, please do not hesitate to call or send me an email at  If you email, please type "Calendar Writing Prompts" in the subject line.




Journal Writing Prompt Monthly Calendars:




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