Daily Writing Prompts - November

November Writing Prompts

Daily Writing PromptsBelow are daily writing prompts for the month of November. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our November 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 November Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.

More Lesson Plans! We also have a bunch of other November Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.

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November 1
On this day in 1870, the U.S. Weather Service was established. Is your town an area that may be affected by severe weather such as tornadoes or floods? If so, do you know what to do in case of an emergency? PDF

November 1st is "National Family Literacy Day." Tonight you will have the chance to complete a literacy activity with your family. Plan one of the following:

  • Think about your favorite picture book. Read the book aloud with your family. Plan on who will read which pages. You may want to plan a craft that your family could also complete.
  • Think about a story that your family could write together. You will want to have a setting, plot, and characters. Don't forget to include some illustrations! PDF

November 2
On November 2, 1734, frontiersman, Daniel Boone was born.  Boone was most well known for his exploration and settlement of the area that later became the state of Kentucky.  As a boy, Boone did not attend much school.  Do you think it was important for the children of the early Pioneer times to attend school?  Why or why not? PDF

November 3
November 3rd is “National Sandwich Day.”  Use a paragraph to describe your favorite type of sandwich. PDF

November 4
Today is “National Candy Day.”  If you could invent a new type of candy, what would it be?  What would be the ingredients?  What would it look like?  What would it taste like?  What would you call your new candy? PDF

On this day in 1834, the first wagon train reached the state of California.   This first trail opened up the West.  Would you liked to have been on that first wagon train?  Would you have been up for the adventure and challenges?  Explain your thinking. PDF

November 5
November is "National Peanut Butter Lover's Month." A large number of students today are allergic to peanut butter. Some classrooms and/or schools have even become "Peanut Free" zones. Do you think this is fair for the students are not allergic to peanut butter? Explain your thinking. PDF

November 6
November 6th is known as “Basketball Day.”  The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was born on this day in 1861.  Is basketball a sport you play or would like to play?  Explain what you know about the sport of basketball. PDF

November 7
Scientist Marie Curie was born on this day in 1867.  Curie received a Nobel Prize for her discovery of radium and polonium.  This discovery was a great advancement for science.  Thinking about science and discoveries, what do you think has been the most important discovery?  Explain your answer. PDF

November 8
On this day in 1859, the x-ray was discovered.  Why has the discovery of the x-ray been important to medicine?  Do you think there are any negative aspects to the x-ray? PDF

November 9
The second week of November is "American Education Week." Do you believe that children in the United States should be required to attend school? Why or why not? PDF

November 10
On November 10, 1969, the television show Sesame Street debuted.  Some of the more popular characters included:  Big Bird, Burt & Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo.   If you were asked to create a new Sesame Street character, what type of character would you create and why?  Be sure to include the name, appearance and character traits of your new character.  PDF

November 11
Today is Veterans Day.  Take some time to write about the men and women who have defended the United States of America.  Why should we appreciate all of the great work they do and sacrifices they make? PDF

November 12
On this day in 1815, Women’s Rights Leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born.  Stanton is well known for her work in the furthering of women’s rights.  Why do you think women were not allowed to vote for such a long time? PDF

November 13
Today is “Mom & Dad’s Day.”  Take some time to write a letter and/or poem to your mom and dad.  You may also want to write a letter or poem for someone else who is important to you. PDF

November 14
Today is “National Clean Our Your Refrigerator Day.”  Do you know what’s in your refrigerator?  Think about all the food you keep in your refrigerator.  What is your favorite “refrigerator” food? PDF

November 15
November 15th is National Smoke Out Day. This is a day to help encourage smokers to give up this dangerous habit. Create a poster that educates classmates about the dangers of smoking. You can also write a persuasive paragraph sharing the same information. PDF

Today is “America Recycles Day.”  Does your family or school recycle?  What is the value of recycling?  Why is it such an important habit for people to develop? PDF

This week is “National Geography Awareness Week.”  Why do you think Americans have such a difficult time locating the United States on a map?  What can be done to help change this? PDF

November 15th is “Pack Your Mom Lunch Day.”  Explain what you would pack in your mom’s lunch. PDF

November 16
On this day in 1620 at a place called Corn Hill, several Pilgrims found corn for the first time. Corn is still a very popular food today. Brainstorm all the ways both humans and animals eat corn. Describe your favorite corn product. PDF

Today is Button Day.  What do you think people used on their shirts and other pieces of clothing before they had buttons? PDF

November 17
On this day in 1805, Lewis & Clark reached the Pacific Ocean.  Using your own words, describe what it must have been like to see the ocean for the very first time. PDF

Today is “National Take a Hike Day.”  If you could plan a hike for your family or classmates, where would you take them?  PDF

November 18
November 18th is Mickey Mouse’s birthday.  Since his creation, Mickey Mouse has become one of the most famous cartoon characters.  If you could create a friend for Mickey Mouse, what type of character would you create? PDF

On this day in 1820, Antarctica was discovered.  Would you be interested in traveling to Antarctica?  Why or why not? PDF

November 19
On November 19, 1997, the McCaughey septuplets were born. This was the first time that all seven septuplets survived. What do you think it would be like to be one of seven brothers/sisters that are all the same age? Would there be advantages or disadvantages? PDF

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Gettysburg Address and summarize them in your own words. PDF

November 20
On this day in 1923, the traffic light was patented.  How do you think the colors of the traffic light:  red, yellow and green, were decided upon? PDF

November 21
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Compact was signed. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Mayflower Compact and summarize them in your own words. PDF

November 22
On November 22, 1963, the 35th President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the John F. Kennedy and summarize them in your own words. PDF

November 23
November is Latin American Month.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about Latin America and summarize them in your own words. PDF

November 24
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be our country’s symbol.  If you had the opportunity to help decide on our nation’s symbol, would you choose the turkey or the bald eagle?  Or would you choose a different animal all together?  Explain your answer. PDF

November 25
Author Marc Brown was born on this day in 1946.  Brown is well known for the character Arthur.  If you had the opportunity to suggest to Mr. Brown a new adventure for Arthur and his friends, what adventure would you suggest? PDF

November 26
Today is “National Cake Day.”  Using a paragraph format, describe your favorite type of cake. PDF

November 27
Today is Thanksgiving Day.  Describe what you think it may have been like at the first Thanksgiving for the Native Americans and Pilgrims. PDF

On this day in 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius was born.  Celsius is known for his world famous Celsius thermometer.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the temperature and weather, or climate, in your city and state.  Summarize the information in your own words. PDF

November 28
November was “Good Nutrition Month.”  Think back to the different types of food you ate.  Are you getting enough servings from each of the food groups?  Create a plan of how you will eat healthier next month, or how you will continue to eat healthy. PDF

November 29
November is “Child Safety & Protection Month.”  Think about the different items in your house or classroom that may be dangerous for you or other kids.  Choose several of the items and explain how they could be made safer by you or an adult. PDF

November 30
On this day in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri.  During his life he worked as a newspaper reporter, riverboat pilot, and later a writer of fiction.  Looking at the riverboat above, how do you think travel may have been different compared to the boats of today? PDF

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