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2nd Grade Writing Prompts

Use these 2nd grade writing prompts to get your early learners in the writing rhythm! They'll enjoy these age-appropriate prompts, based both on real-life situations and make-believe scenarios. 

list of 2nd grade writing prompts

Text from the Printable Page

If you don't require the illustrated printable page, here is the text from this set of 2nd grade writing prompts. Note that each prompt contains a bold word, from our second grade spelling words.

See my suggestions below for using these prompts. Make sure students understand that some of these prompts are about pretend situations, such as #1, 5, 8 and others on this page.

young blond girl leaning forward with a big red apple

1. When might you not want to give your teacher a big, beautiful apple?

2. Name three things you should always do in the morning.

3. Draw a picture for a new stamp. Tell why you chose this picture.

4. What do you like about winter? What do you not like about winter?

5. Write a short poem about a goat with a boat.

singing forest animals

6. What song would forest animals like to sing? Why?

7. What place would you like to visit with a friend? Why?

8. You have twelve of the world’s best cookies. Will you eat them or share them, or both? Why?

lizard wearing spectacles and a coat, reading a book

9. Make a list of things you would like to do next summer.  

10. What does your pet lizard like to read?

11. You want to send a letter to your uncle. What will say to him?

12. I just made up a silly new game called Giggle Wriggle. What do you think happens in this game?

Tips for using these 2nd grade writing prompts:

  • For extra spelling practice, ask students to use the words in BOLD at least once or twice in each piece that they write. 
  • Encourage kids to illustrate their work.
  • When appropriate, post student work on a classroom display. Be sure they've had the opportunity to edit their work before posting it.
  • Try this set of 2nd grade writing prompts, too! 

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Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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