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Thanksgiving writing prompts for  middle school students offer a variety of ways to sneak a little bit of school into your hectic holiday-schooling days. Use the holiday excitement building in your home to make writing assignments more exciting as well.

These ideas will help get creative juices flowing. Let your student brainstorm others to add to the list. Make these assignments easy and breezy by requiring only a paragraph or two. If your student gets excited by a topic, you may hear pleas of, “Let me write more?” Who is gonna turn down an offer like that?Image result for turkey

  • If you had a pet turkey, what would you name it?
  • Write a list of things that remind you of Thanksgiving. Which are your favorites and why?
  • If you could make your own Thanksgiving pie, what would it be? What ingredients would you use?
  • Describe your perfect Thanksgiving Day!
  • Make a list of things you are thankful for.
  • Make an Acrostic Poem out of the word THANKSGIVING
  • If you could be in a Thanksgiving Day parade, what would your role be?
  • Talk about your favorite Thanksgiving Day foods and why you like them.
  • Write out clues for a game of ‘What Am I?’ to play on car trips. For example, use one of the list-building ideas above. Write clues for those items on slips of paper. Put them in a Ziploc baggie. Pull them out during the trip, and see who can guess what the items on your list are from your clues.

Topics may be meaningful, exciting, silly and funny.

If you want your middle school student to reflect on and  appreciate the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving use these prompts.

  • Describe an act of kindness you gave or received. How did that inspire you to be kinder?
  • What brings you joy? Why?
  • Describe something beautiful you enjoy. Why do you find it meaningful.
  • List 5 things you are good at and 5 things each family member is good at.
  • What are you thankful for and why?

Give your middle schoolers ways to express gratitude during this season. Include a theme like ’10 Days of Gratitude’. Create a thankful tree and have students hang tags on the tree listing things they are thankful for.

There are many ways to have middle schoolers express simple but meaningful ideas on paper when you use Thanksgiving-themed writing prompts. What prompts have you used with your middle schooler that received the most surprising or enthusiastic response?

 

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Secrets to Making Writing Fun

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What to write…

Does your student have a passion for writing? Are writing assignments met with groans of protest? These fall writing themes will foster writing fun for even reluctant writers. Here are some eye-catching writing prompts to kick off the season in your home:

Describe Fall with your Five Senses – Ask your middle schooler to explain how their senses work by challenging them to describe the season using their senses. How does their favorite fall treat taste? What are their favorite fall sounds and smells? Go for nature walks and have them use adjectives to describe the sounds they hear.  Note how sound carries differently now than during other seasons. Encourage noticing tiny details to get creative juices flowing.

Describe Carving a Pumpkin – Many families will carve pumpkins during October. Images and designs are endless.  Ask your student to write about how they would like to carve their pumpkin. If this is an activity they have never done but would like to, go out and pick a pumpkin,(fun fall field trip) allow them to carve and experience, then write about it.

Make a List of Fall Activities – What does your middle schooler like to do in the fall? Go to the apple orchard? Go on a hayride? Jump in a pile of raked leaves? Have your student write about their favorites and add as much detail as they can.

Describe your Favorite Donut – Have them get creative by pretending to be the donut, what flavor would they be or maybe describe their favorite donut and why. Write about a day in the life of a donut from 1st person. How does it feel to be eaten? Why not cap off  the activity by making donuts to celebrate the reluctant writer’s efforts?

Write about Baking a Pie – If your middle schooler loves baking, encourage them to bake their favorite and then write about the experience. Describe what it took to actually make the pie, so a friend could make one too.  Have students rate the results by describing how it tastes, what the texture was like, etc. Develop a survey sheet for family members to rate their pie eating experience.

Write about Favorite Candy – Does your middle schooler have a favorite type of candy? Encourage them to write about it from the name to color, texture, smell, etc. Compare and contrast their favorite candy with their least favorite.

Describe your Favorite Fall Outfit – What does your child like to wear during the fall season? Encourage them to write details on why they like it and why they chose colors, etc. If they are sensory defensive, ask them to describe how certain new fall fabrics irritate them vs which clothing items comfort them and why.

Thanksgiving – Have your middle schooler write about Thanksgiving and what they like about it noting sights, sounds, textures, and smells they remember from one year to the next. What are they most thankful for?

Be Creative

Fall writing prompts are endless. You can get really silly and creative as well. Encourage your middle schooler to develop  come up writing prompts for younger siblings and have them all write using that prompt — then compare the responses. Writing doesn’t have to be a drag; it can be fun and exciting.

Share your most successful fall writing prompt in the comments below.

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Secrets to Making Writing Fun

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“Secrets to Making Writing Fun”

Writing can be an enjoyable activity for budding writers. This workshop will equip you with tips and ideas to use with elementary-age children during writing time. The result? Your children will not only produce polished writing projects, they’ll also be begging for the next lesson!

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