Daily Writing Prompts - October 16th-31st

October Writing Prompts

October Writing Prompts

Below are daily writing prompts for October 16th-31st. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our October 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 October Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.

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

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October 16
Today is National Dictionary Day.  Explain to a classmate, in writing, how to look up the word “dictionary” in the dictionary. PDF

October is “National Positive Thought Month.” Planting seeds of positive thoughts can grow even more positive thoughts. There are ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 17
Many baseball fans were surprised when the World Series game they were watching was interrupted by the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the cause of earthquakes and summarize them in your own words. PDF

October 17th is “National Mulligan Day.” The expression of a mulligan comes from the game of golf. It means ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 18
On this day in 1767, the Mason-Dixon Line was established.  This line was very symbolic in the minds of the people of a young nation struggling over slavery.  List everything you know about slavery and this time period. PDF

Today is “National Chocolate Cupcake Day.” Cupcakes have taken on a whole new look in the last several years. Some have candy bars on top, while others have bacon. Which ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 19
The Star Spangled Banner was first sung on this day in 1814.  This song, which is our National Anthem, is sung at a number of different events.  Explain why it’s important to carry on the tradition of singing this song. PDF

On this day in 1781, the final battle of the Revolutionary War was fought.  Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about the Revolutionary War and summarize them in your own words. PDF

October is “International Walk to School Month.” With only a couple of weeks left in the month, try to encourage your ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 20
Sir James Chadwick discovered the neutron on this day in 1891.  What is your favorite subject to study in science?  Do you like to learn about things dealing with the human body, the environment, different types of animals? PDF

October is “Children’s Magazine Month.” You’ve just been asked to create the next great magazine ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 21
On this day in 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art opened in New York City.  Describe a time that you have been to a museum.  If you haven’t been to a museum, explain why you would like to visit one. PDF

Today is “National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.” During the fall you can find pumpkin in almost ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 22
Today is "National Nut Day."  Describe what type of nuts you like to eat.  Don’t forget…your favorite type may come in “creamy” or “chunky.” PDF

Today is “National Color Day.” Colors are all around us and can make us feel ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-2) *New*

Today is “National Color Day.” For years, scientists have known that colors affect our moods and behaviors. Think about ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: 3-12) *New*

October 23
Brazilian soccer player, Edison Pele, was born on this day in 1940.  In order to become such an incredible soccer player, Pele had to practice.  What is something that you would like to become better at?  Explain what you will need to do in order to improve your skills.  (This doesn’t have to be a sport.) PDF

October 23rd is “iPod Day.” The Apple iPod changed the way we listen to music. What do you ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 24
Today is National Bologna Day.  Explain to someone how to make your favorite type of sandwich. PDF

Today is “National Food Day.” Food. We couldn’t live without it. What is ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 25
Pablo Picasso, the famous artist, was born in Spain on this day in 1881.  On a clean, white sheet of paper, draw a picture of your favorite place.  This may be a place that you have visited, or just a place you visit in your mind.  After you have drawn your place, write a paragraph describing this location and why it is special to you. PDF

October is “National Book Month.” When you find a good book, you just can’t ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 26
International Red Cross was organized in Geneva, Switzerland on this day in 1863.  This is an organization that helps people in need.  Make a list of at least five (5) ways that you can help people around you. PDF

Today is “National Pumpkin Day.” Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. You might even be getting ready to carve one yourself. Draw ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 27
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was born on this day in 1858. Using resources in the classroom, learn five (5) facts about President Roosevelt and summarize them in your own words.  Try to discover why he is a part of Mt. Rushmore. PDF

October is “National Apple Month.” With all the different varieties and ways ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 28
On this day the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886.  Explain what you know about the Statue of Liberty.  Why is it such a great American symbol? PDF

Today is “National Chocolate Day.” You have white, milk, dark. Which ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 29
On this day in 1929, the Stock Market crashed.  A lot of people lost money and lives were changed forever.  Explain what you would do with $1,000. PDF

Today is “National Cat Day.” Cats or dogs? It’s a decade old debate. Which ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 30
John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States, was born on this day in 1735.  What do you think it would have been like to be just the second President of the United States?  How would it have been different from today? PDF

Today is “National Candy Corn Day.” A common candy during this time of year, candy corn is a ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 31
Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouting in the United States, was born on this day in 1860.  The Girl Scouts are an organization that helps others.  Explain why it’s important that kids get involved with helping others. PDF

Today is Halloween and October is “National Halloween Safety Month.” Make a ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

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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!

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