Thanksgiving Writing Activities and Prompts


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Just because it’s the week of Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a few fun writing activities and prompts into your homeschool days. Even if you traditionally take time off from formal schooling, you can still find engaging and inspirational ideas to get the creative juices flowing (along with the turkey and cranberry sauce!).

Here are a few fun ones to try:

Video Writing Prompts: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Video Writing Prompts: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving from has great ideas for each age range (K-12). My favorites are “Food Frenzy” and “Create Your Own Holiday.”

25 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts has an extensive list of writing prompts for both primary and older students. In addition, there are story starters, report ideas, and movie ideas! Pick a story starter and add a little each day. Check out the movie list and choose one together to watch on Thanksgiving eve or day. It’s a nice change from football (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!

A Thanksgiving Tweet

From the wonderful folks over at, here are 5 {fun} Thanksgiving writing prompts. I love the one where the thanksgiving turkey sneaks into the house and sends out five, potentially desperate, tweets. If you were the turkey, what would you say in 140 characters?

Journal of Thanks

This idea is fairly simple and is a take-off on the 30 Days of Thanks as seen on social media. If you haven’t had a chance to start on Day 1, no worries, get started now! Write down each day one thing that you are thankful for. Participate with your children. Have your kids decorate each page, if they like, by illustrating the thing they are thankful for that day.

Wishing your family a warm and joy-filled week of Thanksgiving. Be sure to let us know in the comment section if you tried any of the writing activities or prompts!



Angela (30 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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