20 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts Papers

Need some Thanksgiving writing prompts? We gotcha covered!

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and I know you want to keep your students thinking and writing till Turkey Day. Here are some fun Thanksgiving writing prompts that will do just that.

Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these with your students!

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20 Of Our Best Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

  1. 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.
  2. Make a Top 10 list of things that you are thankful for in your life.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Write an acrostic poem for one of these words: TURKEY, THANKSGIVING, GRATEFUL, FAMILY.
  6. Families in America celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways.  What’s something you do in your family celebration that you think probably no other family in America does. 
  7. Who makes the best food or the most food in your family? Write a letter to this family member thanking them for their hard work. 
  8. 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?
  9. Explain Thanksgiving to a person from another country who has never heard of it.
  10. 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?
  11. What is one Thanksgiving dish you hate?  Describe the way it looks, smells, and tastes in as much detail as you can. 
  12. Many people start their Black Friday shopping Thanksgiving evening. Write a short story about a mom setting off on a Black Friday adventure hoping to find that perfect gift for her child.  
  13. How would Thanksgiving be different if it was celebrated in August instead of November?
  14. In what ways do you think Thanksgiving will be different 50 years in the future?
  15. You have been given a pet turkey. How will you take care of it?

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Thanksgiving Writing Prompts Papers

Now that you have the writing down, want something a little more interactive?  Check out our 20 Best Thanksgiving Would You Rather Questions!

  1. Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite Thanksgiving dish. Use lots of sensory details.
  2. What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why is it your favorite?
  3. The newspaper headline is: Turkeys Escape from Turkey Farm Just Days Before Thanksgiving. Write the story.
  4. What does being thankful mean to you?
  5. Write about a special Thanksgiving memory.

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