Thanksgiving Writing Prompts Here are 10 Thanksgiving writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.
211. Write a made-up story about Thanksgiving using the following words: turkey, family, football, and happiness.
212. What would happen if you got so full of food on T-Giving that you could hardly move? What would your family say?
213. After hearing the phone ring, you pick it up to talk to the person on the other line. Only, it's not a person calling at all, it's the T-Giving turkey! What does the turkey have to say and how do you respond?
214. Who is the most interesting person you've talked with at a Turkey Day dinner? Was it a distant relative? A family friend? What made him or her so unique?215. What is your favorite food to eat on Turkey Day and why is it your top choice? What is your least favorite T-Giving food and why don't you like it?
216. You have gone back in time to the first Turkey Day! How is the inaugural holiday different from the way your family celebrates the holiday?
217. How would your Turkey Day feast be different if you had to cook all the food yourself? Who would you ask to help you and why?
218. What are you the most thankful for this year and why are you so grateful? What do you think your family members are the most thankful for?
219. At the first Turkey Day, the American Indians helped the pilgrims to find and grow food for a feast. Who is someone who has helped you to do something? How did you thank this person for his or her help?
220. Continue this story. She opened the cupboards and let out a scream. You rushed over to help and looked. Someone had taken every last bit of food on Thanksgiving morning. The holiday was ruined, unless you could come up with a plan...
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Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these with your students:
- Pretend you are a very smart and special turkey. You can both understand English and write (you type with your beak)! Write a letter to Americans to convince them NOT to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
- Make a Top 10 list of things that you are thankful for in your life.
- Most stores used to be closed on Thanksgiving, with many opening early on Friday for the first of the holiday sales. Now, some stores are having their sales on Thanksgiving Day. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Write a paragraph supporting your viewpoint.
- You get to write the script for your favorite TV show’s Thanksgiving episode! Write a summary of the plot of the episode you would write. Or, for a longer project, write the actual script.
- Write an acrostic poem for one of these words: TURKEY, THANKSGIVING, GRATEFUL, FAMILY.
- How was the first Thanksgiving different from the Thanksgivings we celebrate today? In what ways are they the same?
- Write about a special Thanksgiving tradition in your family.
- Would you prefer to have a small Thanksgiving dinner with just your immediate family or attend a large dinner with lots of extended family and friends? Why?
- Explain Thanksgiving to a person from another country who has never heard of it.
- Many Thanksgiving hosts set up a “children’s table” where all of the children are seated for the meal. As a child yourself, would you rather sit at the children’s table or have the children and adults all together at one table? Why?
- Would you have preferred to be a pilgrim or a Native American? Why?
- Pretend you were at the first Thanksgiving as a pilgrim. Write a journal entry about your day.
- How would Thanksgiving be different if it was celebrated in August instead of November?
- In what ways do you think Thanksgiving will be different 50 years in the future?
- You have been given a pet turkey. How will you take care of it?
- Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite Thanksgiving dish. Use lots of sensory details.
- What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why is it your favorite?
- The newspaper headline is: Turkeys Escape from Turkey Farm Just Days Before Thanksgiving. Write the story.
- What does being thankful mean to you?
- Write about a special Thanksgiving memory.