Below are daily writing prompts for the month of April. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our April Events Calendar. These events include birthdays, holidays, monthly celebrations, and important dates in history. Some of the dates include two different writing prompts to choose from. You can download a PDF worksheet of the writing prompt.
Even though your students may not be in class all the days of April, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our April Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have many other April Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
Note: Variable date writing prompts (Easter) are found at the bottom of page 2.
Today is April Fool’s Day. Write about the best April Fool’s Joke you have played, or write about a joke you would like to play on someone. Remember to be safe! Free PDF
On this day, author Hans Christian Andersen was born. Andersen is known for his fairy tales. Pick two of your favorite fairy tales and create a play for a new story that would combine elements of both stories. Free PDF
As part of a carnival in Los Angeles, the first permanent movie theater opened on this day in 1902. What is your all-time favorite movie and why? Free PDF
On this day in 1860, the Pony Express was established. The purpose of the Pony Express was to provide the fastest mail delivery between S. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento California. To be a rider, you had to be between the ages of 11 and 40, and weigh less than 125 pounds. Would you have liked to have been a rider? Why or why not? Free PDF
On the streets of New York City, the first call using a cell phone was made on April 3, 1973. The call was made by Martin Cooper, an inventor. There is great debate as whether or not cell phones should be allowed in school. Explain your personal opinion. You may even want to do a little research to include in your writing. Free PDF
On this day in 1818, the first U.S. flag was approved. If you were asked to create a new flag for the United States, what would your flag look like? Write a paragraph explaining the flag and be sure to include a drawing. Free PDF
April 5th is “National Read a Road Map Day.” How do you think the first maps were created? Do you think it was easy or difficult for these first map makers? What types of challenges do you think they encountered? Free PDF
On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. Washington later became a teacher, founded Tuskegee University and was the first African-American to be shown on a postage stamp. Who is another African-American that you would honor with a postage stamp? Explain why and create a drawing of the stamp. Free PDF
On April 6, 1898, the North Pole was discovered. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the North Pole and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
April 7th is “No Housework Day.” In a paragraph, explain what activity or activities you would enjoy doing in place of housework. Free PDF
The first week of April is known as "Astronomy Week." If you could travel to any of the planets, which one would you like to visit and why? Free PDF
On this day in 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. Shortly after this event, the Civil War came to an end. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Civil War and summarize them in your own words. Free PDF
April 10th is “National Sibling Day.” If you have a sibling, explain what activities you enjoy doing with them. If you don’t have a sibling, would you like one? Why or why not? Free PDF
On this day in 1968, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. This act protected the rights of people, including African-Americans and women. Why do you think it’s important for all people to be treated equally? Free PDF
On April 12, 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia was first launched. Is traveling into space something that interests you? Explain why or why not, as well as what type of space travel interests you. Free PDF
On April 12, 1861, the U.S. Civil War began. The war lasted four years and claimed 640,000 lives. Looking at the photo above, what do you think this soldier may have been doing? Free PDF
On this day in 1743, our third President, Thomas Jefferson, was born. As a young child, Jefferson was an enthusiastic student. He would often spend up to 15 hours a day studying! How would you compare yourself to Jefferson as a student? Free PDF
On April 14, 1828, the Webster’s Dictionary was first published. Each year, a number of new words are added to the dictionary. One of the new words added in 2008 was “webinar.” What do you think one of the new words added this year may be and why? Free PDF
On this day in 1912, a young man by the name of David Sarnoff, a telegraph operator in New York City, transmitted the first news of the Titanic hitting an iceberg. For it’s time the Titanic was an impressive sailing vessel. If you could sail around the world, what would be some of the places you would want to visit? Free PDF
On April 15, 1452, artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci was born. He created plans for a number of flying machines, including a four-man helicopter. Design your own type of flying machine. Be sure to explain how your machine works and include a sketch. Free PDF
On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries sustained the night before while attending a performance at the Ford Theater. How do you think U.S. history may have been different if Lincoln had not been shot? Free PDF
DISCLAIMER: We have provided “suggested” grade levels for some of our writing daily prompts. These suggestions are made based on the content of the prompt, the interest level of the topic, or the level of background knowledge needed to have the most success possible with the prompt. Please remember that these are suggestions only and each prompt can be modified as needed by you, the teacher. Don’t hesitate to get creative and rework the prompt to best fit the age/needs of your students!
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