Below 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.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our August Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have a bunch of other Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources for August.
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, 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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