Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving is coming - one of my favorite times of the year! I often like to stop and take the time to encourage my children to be thankful, especially when they are in a grumpy mood.

Thanks to our recent writing review, we have crossed paths with a company called Fortuigence. Today on their blog, there is an article posted giving home school parents a list of 15 writing prompts on gratitude. If you start today, you could use one per day from now until Thanksgiving, to make a "month" of thankfulness! Or select which ones are most appropriate for your young writers.

I think the questions also make great discussion starters, even if not used as a writing prompt!

With the author's permission, I am sharing her list of writing prompts here, but feel free to click on one of the above links and read the entire blog post.

Writing Prompts on Gratitude

1) What’s the purpose of gratitude? Why is it important to you or your family?

2) Name one thing you’re especially proud of lately and explain why. This can be about you or someone you know.

3) Finish the following sentence in five different ways: “Gratitude is __________.” (Remember the Peanuts cartoon’s “Happiness” series?)

4) What do you do to help others? What do you do to help others in your life? What do you to do help each of your brothers or sisters?

5) What’s the best song you know about gratitude and why? What are the best song lyrics that express gratitude?

6) What are you grateful for every day and why? For example, is it a home cooked meal, waking up to your favorite song, having a car that starts every morning?

7) What changed for you over the past year for which you’re grateful? Why?

8) Why do we have a national Thanksgiving holiday?

9) Write a letter of thanks to our armed forces.

10) Write a thank you note to someone in your family or community.

11) What pets are you grateful for and why?

12) Describe five different ways you show gratitude toward others.

13) How does showing gratitude help you?

14) What touch are you grateful for and why? What smell are you grateful for and why? (Do this for each of the five senses.)

And last but not least:
 15) President John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." What does that mean to you? How does living by your words show appreciation?

And one of my favorite verses on thankfulness:

Ephesians 5:20: "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"

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