Below are daily writing prompts for November 16th-30th. 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.
We also have a bunch of other November Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
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
The third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout. 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Today is Thanksgiving Day. Describe what you think it may have been like at the first Thanksgiving for the Native Americans and Pilgrims. PDF
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
Today is “National Cake Day.” Using a paragraph format, describe your favorite type of cake. 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 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 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
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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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!