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.
We also have a bunch of other October Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
Today is National Dictionary Day. Explain to a classmate, in writing, how to look up the word “dictionary” in the dictionary. PDF
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
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
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
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
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 Nut Day." Describe what type of nuts you like to eat. Don’t forget…your favorite type may come in “creamy” or “chunky.” PDF
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
Today is National Bologna Day. Explain to someone how to make your favorite type of sandwich. PDF
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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!