These 1st-grade writing prompts (or essay topics) are written for students in grade one. They are free to use under a Creative Commons License.
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Tell me about a time when you had to be very brave.
Imagine you woke one morning and found you could fly. But imagine your parents said it was too dangerous; describe what would happen next.
If we all lived in the sea, what would our houses look like?
Pretend your favourite teddy could talk. What would you ask him or her and what might they say?
Imagine a scary monster lives under your house. What does it look like and what does it eat?
Describe the funniest set of clothes you could imagine anyone wearing!
Picture Hannah, the naughty hedgehog in your head. Describe her and what she gets up to.
Imagine you have a magic bike, then tell me about the best thing it can do.
If you could have any pet, what would you have and why? Where would it sleep!?
Imagine you had magic slippers that could take you anywhere. Where would you want to go?
Imagine the camel and the shark decide to escape from the zoo. Describe what happens to these two friends.
Write about the girl who shrank in the rain.
When you are feeling sad, what cheers you up?
Imagine if you could talk to the birds, what might they say?
What about your parents do you not understand?
My family make me smile because... Finish this sentence.
If you ran for a year, where would you be?
Think about a very unlucky black cat, what might happen to it?
Make your own monster. Describe him from his toes to his head.
Tell me about something you really like that lots of other people do not.
How do you think children will get to school in one hundred years time?
If you woke up and your hair had turned bright pink, what would you do?
Picture a huge, big hole in your back garden. Tell me what it might be filled with.
At night, if your bed became a big, red rocket-ship, imagine where you might go.
What is the most interesting thing you study at school?
Tell me about when you had to touch something really yucky and horrible. What was it like?
Imagine what cats dream about.
Describe why you like your favourite teacher.
Describe what would happen if you went to school one morning and none of your teachers turned up!
Describe how you could stand up under a small table.
Describe the game you like playing best with your friends.
What does your mother do that you find very funny!
Invent three really yucky flavours of ice-cream.
If fruits had personality, what do you think a banana would be like?
Imagine a boy who told huge lies and tell me what happens to him.
Imagine a lion who wanted to live in the sea? What would the other sea creatures think about that!?
Imagine and write about Bryan, the silly octopus, who bought a bicycle so he could ride along the sea bottom
What is your favourite colour, or is that a really silly question?
What makes you really, really laugh?
Write about why it is good to have friends.
Tell me about a time when you could smell something really horrible!
Imagine playing with your friend on a trampoline and suddenly becoming invisible. What would your friend do or say?
What ten toppings would you put on your crazy pizza!
Imagine a wizard who dropped his wand in a puddle. Describe what happened next.
Would your mother let you have a pet dragon? If not, where would you hide it?
Should you be able to study wizardry at school?
What time is your bedtime? Is this fair?
A princess woke one morning to find she had grown a long, grey beard. Describe what happened next.
If you had a secret friend, what would he or she be like?
Imagine the bravest ever pirate is a girl and describe what she gets up to.
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