Values Journal Topics

These topics are aimed at helping students: identify what is valuable to them, prioritize values, and see things from someone else’s perspective.

  1. Describe a person you admire.
  2. If you were your teacher, how would you treat you?
  3. Describe how you would feel if you were your teacher. If you were in charge, what would you do differently?
  4. Imagine you are stranded on a tropical island with your classmates. You have no supervision, no rules, no leader, no McDonald’s etc… How would you choose a leader? What jobs would you need? What rules would you have? What if someone broke the rules?
  5. What if your house caught fire, what would you take with you? Put these in order of priority: your pet, your $100 savings, photo album, necklace from grandma, favorite piece of clothing.
  6. What does courage mean to you? Describe an instance when you, or someone you have heard about, was courageous.
  7. Life stinks, life is good, life is what you make it. Which one of these best describes your philosophy on life?
  8. What are the characteristics of a hero?
  9. What do you think of people who use profanity in public?
  10. Is it better to give or to receive?
  11. If I had three wishes I would…
  12. What is the right age to start dating? Is it the same for everyone? How would you know if someone is ready?
  13. Should 14 year olds be allowed to watch R rated movies?
  14. If you found $100 on the ground in the park what would you do?
  15. How should teachers deal with disruptive and rude students?
  16. Is it ever all right to steal?