Below are daily writing prompts for August 16th-30th. 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.
Today is “National Joke Day.” Think about some of your favorite jokes and then write one of your own. PDF
On this day in 1786, Frontiersman Davy Crockett was born. Before turning fifteen, Davy was on his own, helping drive cattle from Tennessee to Virginia. What do you think were some of the obstacles Davy encountered on his journeys? PDF
Today is “National Archaeology Day.” An archaeologist is someone who recovers and studies the remains of previous human life and culture. If you could be an archaeologist for a day, which culture would enjoy learning about? PDF
On this date in 1944, author Paula Danziger was born. Danziger is probably best known for her Amber Brown series. If you were going to create your own series of books, what type of characters would you have? What genre of series would you write? Write at least one paragraph explaining your thoughts. PDF
On this day in 1934, baseball great Roberto Clemente was born. Baseball is considered “America’s Pastime.” When you are outside of school, what is your favorite pastime and why? PDF
On this day in 1946, Bill Clinton, our 42nd President, was born. What do you think would be the most challenging part of being President of the United States? PDF
On this day in 1741, Vitus Bering discovered Alaska. Alaska later became the 49th state. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and summarize them in your own words. PDF
Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd President, was born on this date in 1833. Using resources in your room, learn about Harrison . Locate five (5) facts about this former President and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On August 12, 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States. This means that the islands became property of the U.S. Hawaii actually didn’t become the 50th state until August, 21, 1959. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1981, IBM introduced the original IBM personal computer. Whether you use a Mac or a PC, what do you believe to be the biggest impact personal computers have had on our world? PDF
On this day in 1858, the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate was held. Working with a partner, chose a topic to debate. Decide which side of the topic each of you will debate, prepare your information, and debate the topic. PDF
Today is “Be an Angel Day.” Describe a time that you were an angel to another person, or a time that someone was an angel to you. PDF
On this day in 1966, the first photograph of Earth from the moon was taken by the Lunar Orbiter. If you were seeing Earth from the moon for the first time, what would be your thoughts? PDF
On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart flew across the United States. What type of character traits do you feel Amelia needed to have to reach this goal of hers? PDF
Today is “National Banana Split Day.” Explain how to make a banana split. PDF
On this day in 1916, the National Park Service was established. Using resources in your room, learn about a National Park that is located in your state, or one that you have visited before. Locate five (5) facts about the park and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment - Women’s Equality was signed. Why do you think it was important for women to be able to vote? PDF
Mother Teresa was born on this day in 1910. Mother Teresa dedicated her life to helping others. List five (5) things you can do to help others today or this week. PDF
On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream was for all people, no matter what their skin color, to be treated equal. What is your dream? PDF
On this day in 1934, the first Scout camp opened. Have you ever been to a camp? If so, describe your experience. If not, what camp would you like to attend? PDF
On August 30, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States . This was a Category 4 hurricane. What types of natural disasters affect your area? And are you and your family prepared? Use resources in the classroom to learn more about natural disasters that may occur where you live and what you need to do in case one occurs. PDF
Today is “National Toasted Marshmallow Day.” Write a poem about this tasty treat. PDF
On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall took a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Using resources in the classroom, list five (5) jobs or responsibilities of the Supreme Court. PDF
On this day in 1870, a famous educator by the name of Maria Montessori was born. What is something new you would like to learn about this school year? 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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