Below are daily writing prompts for the month of January. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our January 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.
Even though your students may not be in class all the days of January, use the prompts from those days as additional writing practice.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our January Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have a number of other January Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
On this day in 1892, Ellis Island opened. Put yourself in the shoes of those first immigrants to the United States. What do you think were some of their feelings, their hopes, and their fears? PDF
On January 1, 1752, Betsy Ross was born. As you may know, she sewed the first American flag. If you were asked to create a new flag for the United States, what would it look like? Explain why you made your design choices. PDF
The drinking straw was patented on this day in 1888. You have been asked to organize the first ever “Drinking Straw Olympics.” What type of events would be you create for the event? Remember…the main item for all events has to be the straw. PDF
On this day in 1975, a scientist discovered the winter home of at least twenty million monarch butterflies. After many years of research and butterfly tracking, it was discovered that they were migrating to the mountains of Mexico. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about the monarch butterfly and write them in your own words. PDF
Author J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. Tolkien is best known as the author of “The Lord of the Rings.” This book recently became a movie. Many people, possibly even you, enjoy comparing the original book to the movie. Which do you think people should do first? Read the book or see the movie? Explain your thinking. PDF
Alaska became the forty-ninth state in 1959. Is Alaska a state that you would like to visit? Why or why not. If you have already visited Alaska, what did you like or not like about your visit? PDF
Jacob Grimm was born on this day in 1785. Jacob and his brother are known for the “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.” Which two fairy tales would you like to see combined? Make a writing plan of how you would combine the characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution. (If you have time, you may want to write the actual story.) PDF
January 4th is Trivia Day. Using resources in the classroom, find some facts of your own to share with a classmate. Try to find facts that aren’t well known and that may even surprise someone. PDF
On this day in 1809, Louis Braille was born. After suffering an accident and an eye infection, Louis went blind at three. He later went on to invent Braille raised dot system that is still used today by blind people for reading and writing. How do you think your life would be different if you were blind? If you are blind, how do you think your life would be different if you could see? PDF
On January 5, 1925, the first woman governor, Nellie Ross, was inaugurated in Wyoming. Would you like to be the governor of your state? Why or why not? PDF
Today is National Bird Day. Keep track of all the birds you see today. Use the Internet or a bird identification book to identify them. PDF
In 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began. The bridge later opened on November 30, 1936. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about this engineering marvel and put them in your own words. Why is this such a special bridge? PDF
Poet Carl Sandburg was born on this day in 1878. Select your favorite style (e.g. haiku, free verse, cinquain, etc.) of poetry and write a poem. PDF
On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the forty-seventh state. Using resources in your classroom, learn five (5) facts about this state and put them in your own words. Try to learn why New Mexico is referred to as the “Land of Enchantment.” PDF
In 1789, the first U.S. Presidential election was held. If you were running for President at that time, what issue(s) would you have based your campaign on? PDF
Today is Old Rock Day. List all the possible uses for a rock. PDF
Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935. Presley is well known as “The King of Rock and Roll.” Do you have a certain song or type of music that you listen to depending on your feelings? Explain why you listen to this song or type of music. PDF
The 1st U.S. balloon flight occurred on this day in 1793. Would you like to take a ride in a hot air balloon? Why or why not? PDF
January 9th is National Static Electricity Day. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the cause of static electricity and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On January 9, 1913, Richard Nixon was born. Before becoming our thirty-seventh President, he attempted to become the governor of California but lost the election. Using resources in your classroom, learn about what it takes to be a governor of a state. Are there any special requirements like the office of President? PDF
The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly occurred on this day in London in 1946. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the United Nations and summarize them in your own words. PDF
On this day in 1901, the first major oil strike was made near Beaumont, Texas. This discovery began the Texas petroleum industry. There are a number of new energy sources that have been developed over the past decades. What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages to using various forms of energy. PDF
On this day in 1964 Luther Terry, the U.S. Surgeon General, shared the results of a study on the effects of cigarette smoke. The study had found that cigarette smoking was the cause of most lung cancer deaths. Create an ad or a persuasive paragraph encouraging people (of any age) not to smoke. PDF
Today is Secret Pal Day. Select someone in your classroom or school. Write that person a short letter explaining why you appreciate them. Remember…don’t sign your name. Have someone else deliver your special message. PDF
January 12th is Work Harder Day. Think of a way that you can work harder today. This can either be at school or at home. Write about your plan. PDF
On January 12, 1773, the first public, American museum opened. The museum in Charleston, South Carolina offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the natural history and culture of the region. Why do you think museums are important to our society and societies around the world? PDF
Today is “Make Your Dreams Come True Day.” What are your dreams? Write about the dreams you have for your future. Explain how you are going to make them come true. PDF
On this day in 1910, the first radio broadcast was heard by a few people in New York city who had radio receivers. Later in 1915, Lee De Forest, the inventor of the vacuum tube, began to broadcast nightly opera concerts. Compare this early technology of listening to music to that which we have today. PDF
January 14th is “National Dress-Up Your Pet Day.” How do you think our pets feel when we dress them up in clothing? Describe what may be going on in a pet’s head while they are being dressed-up. PDF
On this day in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. We honor his birth the following Monday. He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Beginning with those same words, write your own speech about your hopes for our world and its people. PDF
On this day in 1967, the first Super Bowl played. Green Bay defeated Kansas City by a score of 35 to 10. To make it to the Super Bowl, football teams must work together. What do you think is the most difficult part of working with other students, or in teams, at school? What are the advantages of working with others? PDF
On January 15, 1936, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, established the Ford Foundation. This organization supports a variety of causes, including artistic and educational programs. If you were able to create your charitable foundation, what type of foundation would it be and who would you help? PDF
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