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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- Imagine that whilst playing in the garden, you hear tiny voices and go off to see who it could be. Describe what happens next.
- If there were no TV, radio, or computers â€“ what might you do instead?
- If all the sea suddenly drained away, what would it look like?
- What is the best view you could possibly have out of your bedroom window if you could choose anything, anywhere?
- 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.
- Invent the best toy you can think of. Describe it.
- Tell me about the last time you did something really kind.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
- What makes a best friend?
- Which day of the week do you like best and why?
- If you could ask your teacher one question about themselves, what would it be and why?
- 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.
- 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.
- Imagine that when the family are asleep, their garden gnomes come to life and do some very bad things! Write about these naughty gnomes.
- 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?
- Which is your favourite season and why?
- Tell me what you really like about where you live.
- Close your eyes and really imagine you are lying in your bed at home. Now tell me what you can hear.
- Imagine you buy a newspaper with the headline; 'The First Elephant in Space' â€“ write about what the story would tell you.
- Write about your earliest memory.
- Tell me about a really long queue you have been in.
- Tell me about your favourite bedtime story. Maybe try and make one up of your own.
- Describe three smells you can smell at your school!
- Imagine that a gate at the bottom of your friend Billy's garden opened onto the moon. Write about what happens next.
- If you decided to run away and join a band of pirates, what might it be like?
- Imagine if a smelly skunk wanted to join a rock band. Describe what might happen.
- If you did not live in a house and had to live in something else, what would you like that to be and why?
- Imagine if we all walked sideways like crabs. What funny problems might that cause?
- What are dreams made of?
- 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?
- If a lion could talk, what might it say about being moved from the jungle to a zoo near you?
- Invent and write about a really scary school dinner lady.
- Tell me about the item of clothing you most like to wear. What does it look like and why is it your favourite?
- Consider what might happen at a party which had a very, very, very unusual guest.
- Tell me about a time you were really bored.
- 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?
- Do you like really wild weather? Tell me about some and why you liked it.
- Why when birds are asleep at night, do they not fall out of trees? We would!
- Imagine a bear who wanted to make friends with people, only to find everyone was scared of him. Write about what might happen.
- If you could be any animal, what would it be?
- What would you look like if you cut your own hair... in the dark!
- Sid Snake goes on holiday to the seaside, write about what might happen.
- Tell me what you would get up to if you could be an astronaut for a day.
- Describe your secret friend who you can only see by using a mirror.
- What funny things might happen if you had to spend the day walking backwards?
- Tell me about a doctor you know. What makes a good doctor do you think?
- Finishing a book is like waving goodbye to a best friend. Do you agree with this?
- Tell me about when you have made a really big mess in your house.
- Go into your room and tell me about an item you can see in there.
- 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.
Does your second grader need help in writing a narrative essay? Follow this link to find out great and fun narrative essay topics. On this website, you will find each topic suiting to your kid’s interests and age.
You can ask your child to write a story or his experiences about his first day of school. Ask him questions like: What do you remember wearing? How did you feel? What were the things that you did?
Your kid would love to write about their fun memories with their friends. This may be in the sandbox or the backyard. He will like to write down all the details of the moment and make a perfect essay.
Tell your child to describe the playground at his school or the nearby park. Ask him to describe his favourite place there and what he does there. You will find he has a lot to share.
Find out from your second grader the activities he does in class. Ask him about the things he loves to do and write them down. He will enjoy describing each activity and why he loves each.
If your kid loves stories and spending time with your parents, take advantage of this essay for them have some quality time. Allow your parents to share their stories and have your kid retell the best one.
Your kid most likely will never forget your family outings. Ask him to describe one and his eyes will just light up. He will definitely be inspired to write about your family and the places you’ve been.
The Halloween experience of your second grader is also a great memory he’d like to share. He can describe his costumes and the decorations. He can describe the monsters he has met too.
Another great topic can be highlighting your child’s achievements. You can ask him how he trained and felt for an award in sports or academics. Your child will grow up and look back at the essay, feeling proud of his early accomplishments.
When talking about food, your kid will have a lot to say. He can describe his favourite food, how its cooked, ad where to find it. You will find this a great opportunity to grab a snack and bond with him.
Your child can also describe meeting his teachers he can describe how his teachers have helped him learn more things. You will be able to appreciate his love for learning too with this exercise.
With any of these topics, your child will be delighted to write a narrative essay. You will also learn more about your kid’s beautiful first insights about the people and places he has been to. You never know, with one of these topics, you are shaping one of the future’s best authors.