Daily Writing Prompts - August

August Writing Prompts

Daily Writing PromptsBelow are daily writing prompts for the month of August. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our August 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 form of the writing prompt.

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August - General
August is “National Inventors Month.”  Think of a new invention you would like to create and explain your creation.  Don’t forget to include how your invention will be used. PDF

August is National Eye Exam Month. We often take our eye sight for granted. Sit for one minute with your eyes closed - maybe in the classroom, outside, in the hallway, any location - and notice what it's like to not "see" anything. How was this similar or different to sitting in this same location with your eyes open? PDF

August 1
August 1, 1770, is the birthday of explorer William Clark, of the famed Lewis & Clark. Would you have wanted to be a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition team? Explain your reasons. PDF

On this day in 1779, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key was born. After witnessing an attack during the War of 1812, Key wrote a poem. This poem was later set to music and became known as, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Write your own poem honoring a specific moment or time in history. PDF

Today is “Sports Day.” Describe your favorite sport or a sport that you would like to learn how to play. PDF

Today is “Respect for Parents Day”. Explain what ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 2
On August 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. If you were able to create a Declaration of Independence for your classroom, describe, in detail, one of the rights you would give the members of the classroom. PDF

Today is “National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.” Share what your favorite dessert is and give three reasons why you like that particular dessert. PDF

Today is “National Coloring Book Day”. Do you enjoy coloring? Describe ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*

Today is “National Coloring Book Day”. As you may or may not know, hundreds of coloring books ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*

August 3
On August 3, 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain. While learning about new things, students can create rhythms to help them remember specific facts. A rhythm often used with Columbus is the following: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Think about what we are currently learning about in class, or something that we have already learned. Do your best to create five (5) rhythms that would help you or another student have an easier time of learning that fact. PDF

Today is “National Chocolate Chip Day.” Explain how to make your favorite type of cookie. PDF

Today is “National Watermelon Day.” Watermelon is a popular summer food. Describe your favorite summer food and why you like this particular food. PDF

Today is “National Grab Some Nuts Day”. Many people, even some of your classmates, are allergic ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*

August 4
On this day in 1790, the Coast Guard was established.  The Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military and is involved with search and rescue, assisting mariners, and playing a role in maritime law.  There are a number of branches in the U.S. military.  Why are the men and women of our military so important? PDF

On this date in 1901, musician Louis Armstrong was born. Armstrong was an amazing jazz trumpeter. If you could play any instrument, which would it be and why? If you already play an instrument, why did you select that instrument? PDF

August is “Family Fun Month”. Describe ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August is “Family Fun Month”. If you could ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 5
On August 5, 1930, astronaut Neil Armstrong was born. If you could travel to outer space, where would you like to travel to and why? PDF

Today is “National Underwear Day”. There are a number of children’s books ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*

August 6
Today is Friendship Day. What makes a great friend? What characteristics does a friend have? What is a friend willing to do? Create a "want ad" that could go in a newspaper looking for a "Great Friend." PDF

Andy Warhol was born on this date in 1928. Warhol is known for being the leader of the Pop Art movement. Using resources in the classroom, learn about the Pop Art style and then create your own piece of art. PDF

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to travel and why? PDF

Today is “National Root Beer Float Day”. The root beer float originated in Cripple Creek, Colorado back in 1893. Back then it was known ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*

August 7
Describe your favorite trip to the ocean. If you have not been to the ocean, explain why you would or would not like to go to the ocean. PDF

Today is “Purple Heart Day”. The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 8
On this date in 1899, a man by the name of Albert T. Marshall received the patent for an "automatic refrigerating apparatus," better known as the refrigerator. In at least one paragraph, explain why you think the refrigerator was such an important invention. PDF

Today is “National Happiness Happens Day”. How ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

Today is “National Dollar Day”. List all ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-3) *New*

August 9
On August 9, 1944, Smokey the Bear was “born.” Smokey is responsible for sharing with people the danger of forest fires. Write a paragraph persuading campers to handle fire carefully. PDF

Today is “National Book Lovers Day”. What is ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 10
Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st President of the United States was born on August 10, 1874. Would you like to be President of the United States? Why or why not? PDF

Today is “National Lazy Day”. When you have time to be lazy, ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 10th is “National S’mores Day”. S’mores are a favorite treat, especially while camping or ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 11
On this day in 1999, the last total solar eclipse of the millennium crossed many populated areas throughout Europe, India, and Iran, making it the most observed eclipse in history. Using pictures and words, create a diagram explaining a solar eclipse. PDF

Today is “National Play in the Sand Day.” Describe what your ideal sandcastle would look like. Don't forget to include a sketch. PDF

Today is “National Sons and Daughters Day”. More than likely, your mom, dad, or someone else in your family, ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 12
On this day in 1981, IBM announced their new PC. How do you think computers have possibly helped our lives? How do you think computers have possibly harmed our lives? PDF

Today is National Aviation Day. The way we travel has dramatically changed over the years. Think about all the different ways we can fly: airplane, rocket, hot air balloon, etc. and then select one. In at least one paragraph, explain why this particular mode of flying is the best. PDF

On this day in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph machine. This was the first copy machine. Do you think there will be a day when we don’t use paper and everything will be done with computers? PDF

Tomorrow, August 13th, is “Left-Handers Day”. Right-handers, take a challenge ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 12th is “National Middle Child Day”. It is believed that birth order ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 6-12) *New*

August 13
Annie Oakley was born on this date in 1860. Would you liked to have lived back in the Wild West days of cowboys, cowgirls, and stagecoaches? Why or why not? PDF

Today is “Left-Handers Day”. Yesterday you took a challenge ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 14
Describe a time that you had to solve a problem with a friend or family member. What was the problem and how was it resolved? PDF

Today is “National Creamsicle Day”. This orange and vanilla treat has ... - Premium Prompt (Grades K-12) *New*

August 15
On this day in 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. Describe how you think the men working on this railroad may have felt when they saw their goal achieved? PDF

Today is “National Relaxation Day.” Describe one way you like to have fun and relax. PDF

August is “National Golf Month”. Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone for ... - Premium Prompt (Grades 4-12) *New*

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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