Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

April Writing Prompts – Fun and Interesting!

By James Wayne

April 1:

  • In 1895, the world ended, all living things died, the oceans boiled, and the planet melted in a great explosion of the sun. APRIL FOOL! (As if you couldn’t guess!) What is the funniest April Fool joke you have ever heard about or can invent?
  • In 1748, excavation began on the city of Pompeii, which had been buried by a volcano 1,800 years before (79 BC). It is still going on. Suppose you could spend a summer working on an archeological dig. In what part of the world would you prefer to work? What kind of things would you like to find?
  • In 1748, excavation began on the city of Pompeii, which had been buried by a volcano 1,800 years before (79 BC). It is still going on. Suppose you could spend a summer working on an archeological dig. In what part of the world would you prefer to work? What kind of things would you like to find?
  • April is National Kite Month. Describe the most interesting kite you have seen or can imagine. If you would like, draw a picture of that kite.
  • April 2:
  • In 1796, William Henry Ireland announced he had found and was presenting a lost play by William Shakespeare. The play was very bad, and contained several references to things that happened after Shakespeare had died, proving that Ireland was a forger. Have you ever seen or helped to put on a play or skit? Tell briefly about your experience.
  • Nicholas Murray Butler was born in 1862. A famous educator, writer, and scholar, he won the Nobel Peace Price in 1931, and founded the Columbia School of Journalism, the first journalism school in the world. Journalists are reporters; they may report for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, or even the Internet. Most of them specialize in one or two kinds of news. If you were a reporter, what kind would you like to be?
  • In 1792, the first US mint was established to make coins for the new United States. Some people think it is a waste of time and money to make pennies, since they are worth so little. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805. He wrote “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and many other stories. What is the funniest thing you have ever seen anyone wear (that was not a costume)?

    April 3:

  • Three famous actors were born today: Leslie Howard, who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind; Marlon Brando, who played the Godfather in all three parts of The Godfather; and Doris Day, who acted in movies, on television, and also sang many popular songs. Would you like to be an actor? What are three things about being an actor you would like, and three things you would not like?
  • Washington Irving was born in 1783. He wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” If you thought someone was deliberately trying to scare you, what would you do?
  • Henry Luce, who started Time and Life magazine, was born in 1898. If you wanted to start a magazine today, what would you make it about?
  • April 4:
  • The first mention of the city of Moscow was made in 1147 in an ancient chronicle of a banquet, so today is considered the birthday of the city. Moscow is the capital and largest city of Russia. Think about capitals of countries all over the world. List 5 capital cities you would like to visit, and tell why you want to visit them.
  • In 1828, Casparus van Wooden invented chocolate milk powder in Holland. What is your favorite drink with meals? Make up a slogan that will encourage others to drink your favorite drink.
  • Today is the official birthday of the city of Los Angeles, CA, which was incorporated as a city in 1850, although it had been a village for many years before that. Describe or draw a birthday cake for Los Angeles.
  • Today in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated by someone who wanted to stop the civil rights movement. Dr. King said that violence was not effective as a way to change things. How does his death prove his point?
  • April 5:

  • African-American educator and leader Booker T. Washington was born in 1856. He once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” What do you think he meant by that?
  • In 1753, the British parliament voted money to open a public museum, the first one since ancient times. Some people love museums, but others think they are a waste of the taxpayer’s money. What do you think of spending tax money to run museums? Defend your opinion.
  • In 1969, the annual boat races between Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England were held on the Thames River. It was the first time in many years that the river had been clean enough for the race to be held there. Pollution is a problem affecting many places in the world. What can you do personally to reduce pollution?
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, was born in 1930. Some people would like to start a settlement on the moon; others say it would cost too much. How do you feel about it? What reasons can you give for your opinion?
  • Today is Chin Ming (Clean and Bright) day in China. Chinese families visit the graveyards of their ancestors, clean up the graveyards, and wash the gravestones. As they do so, the older people remind the younger ones of the things their ancestors accomplished. What are some of the things you would like to know about the life of your ancestors?
  • April 6:
  • In 1784, archeologist began excavating the city of Pompeii in Italy, which had been buried during a volcanic eruption seventeen centuries before. Suppose you were an archeologist centuries from now and were digging up your school. Make a list of objects you think might have lasted, and another list of things you don’t think will last.
  • In 1869, celluloid, the first kind of plastic, was invented by John W. Hyatt. Today, its main use is to make dice and buttons. Think of all the things that are made of plastic today. If it were necessary to replace all plastic with natural material, such as wood or metal, which plastic things would be the hardest to replace? Why?
  • Mahatma Gandhi, India’s leader in its struggle for independence, said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” What do you think he meant by that?
  • Cy Young, one of the most famous baseball pitchers of all time, pitched his first game in 1890. The award for the best pitcher in the American League each year is known as the Cy Young award. If there were to be an award named for you, what would you like it to be for?
  • April 7:
  • Walter Winchell, one of the first popular gossip columnists was born in 1897. He said, “I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.” How would you react if a friend of yours spread your secrets around?
  • Today is World Health Day. Many health problems could be prevented if people took better care of themselves. Make a poster or script for an ad that encourages people to follow an important health rule.
  • Ralph J. Bunche was born in 1904. He was a distinguished diplomat who worked tirelessly to promote peace for the United Nations. He was the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. What is something you could do to help create peace in your neighborhood and school?
  • Today is National Nap Day, dedicated to encouraging people to take naps when they have a chance. Where is the strangest place you have ever taken a nap, or seen someone else take a nap?

    April 8:

  • In 1838, the Great Western, the first ship able to carry cargo and passengers across the Atlantic entirely by steam power began her maiden voyage. If you could sail anywhere on a ship, where would you go? Who would you take with you? Give reasons for your choices.
  • Margarine was invented in 1873. Margarine is used as a substitute for butter by dieters because it contains less fat and no cholesterol. Some people prefer its taste to butter, but others can’t stand it. What food do you like that other people dislike? Write an appetizing description of it.
  • The Watermelon Festival is celebrated each year in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. Design a float for the Watermelon Festival. Write a description or draw a picture of your float.
  • Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain 1513. He landed there looking for the Fountain of Youth, and left disappointed when he didn’t find it. Have you ever found something while looking for something else? What did you do about it?
  • April is named for the goddess Aphrodite. Some people think that the months should be given more modern names, since no one today knows or cares very much about ancient Greek gods. What month would you like to rename? What would you name it instead of the name it has now?
  • April 9:
  • In 1105, England’s King Henry I was scolded in church for his long hair. He replied that he used his long hair to cushion his helmet when wearing armor, but permitted it to be trimmed. Why do you suppose people get so upset about other people’s hair?
  • In 1859, Samuel Clemens got his license as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. This was a difficult, highly-skilled job at that time, with the kind of prestige a passenger jet pilot has today. After Samuel Clemens began to write under the name Mark Twain, he often used his experience as a riverboat pilot in his stories. What kind of skills do the jobs you are interested in require? List 3 jobs you think you might like to have, and then list 3 skills each job requires.
  • The first American astronauts were chosen in 1959. If you were asked to fill out an application to be an astronaut, what would you say?
  • In 1585, the Roanoke colonists sailed from England to establish what later became the Lost Colony. What do you think happened to the Lost Colonists?
  • April 10:
  • In 1633, Thomas Johnson of London sells the first bananas ever sold in the city. The people had to be shown how to peel them, and when they were ripe or rotten. Imagine a new kind of fruit: what would it look like? What would it taste like? Would it have a peel, or seeds, or some other inedible part? Describe your fruit in detail.
  • In 1849, Walter Hunt patented the safety pin, a really useful thing to have in an emergency. If you were preparing a small emergency kit to carry on a trip, what are five things you would put in it? Why those things?
  • Joseph Pulitzer, the founder of the Pulitzer Prizes for American Literature and Journalism, was born in 1847. What book that you have read recently would you like to give a prize to? Design a medal for your prize.
  • April 11:
  • In 1944, German-born actress Marlene Dietrich, who had become an American citizen in 1939, began giving shows to American troops and campaigning to sell US war bonds during World War II. She won the Medal of Freedom for her work against Hitler and the Nazis. How can young people today work against prejudice and hatred?
  • In 1913, Ettore Bugatti begins building the huge, expensive, handmade cars that bear his name. His cars are considered some of the most beautiful ever made, but were so expensive very few were sold. People often buy very expensive objects, even though other, less expensive versions can do the job just as well. Why do you think they do that? (Teachers: the Bugatti brand has been revived, and a new model is now available for $1,200,000. Only 600 will be made. They are being made by the same company that makes the Volkswagen–an excellent example of the situation this prompt addresses.)
  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, was born in 1950. What is your favorite computer program? Why do you like it?
  • The Apollo 13 Moon Mission was launched in 1970. On the way, an explosion damaged the spacecraft, and the astronauts had to return to the earth after a dangerous and difficult journey, without ever landing on the moon. How would you feel if you had been on that trip, and had never gotten to go to the moon, after all your training and work?
  • (Related to above prompt) Have you ever set a goal that you have not reached? Tell about your goal and why you could not reach it.
  • April 12:

  • In 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the earth in a spacecraft. Gagarin, a test pilot who refused to give up flying despite his fame, was killed testing a new plane in 1968. List 5 qualities you think a good astronaut would need to have. Which of them is the most important?
  • In 1979, Kevin MacKenzie sent the first emoticon or smiley, over the internet. Smileys use punctuation marks and keyboard symbols to show the writer’s feelings. Make up a list of all the kinds of smileys you know. 🙂 “I’m happy,” or 🙁 “I’m sad.” or 😐 “I’m neutral” are examples. Tell what they mean.
  • In 1776, the North Carolina assembly, meeting at Halifax, instructed its delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence from Great Britain. N.C. was the first colony to do this, and it was very dangerous, since the delegates at Halifax had no way of knowing that any other colony would go along with them. Imagine that you were a delegate at the Halifax assembly and were voting on this resolution, which might result in your being hanged by the British as a traitor. How do you think you would feel? What reasons might you have for voting for the resolution?
  • The first police force was started in 1658 in New York, then known as New Amsterdam. What would you like to know about the job of a policeman? Make a list of questions.
  • The Civil War began today in 1861 when South Carolina militiamen began firing on Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor. What do you think would have been the most difficult thing to endure about living in a place where a war was being fought all around you?
  • April 13:
  • In past times, bowing was a way to show respect to others. What are some of the ways we show respect for others today?
  • Tiger Woods won his first major golf tournament in 1997. Thereafter, he went on to win all of golf’s four major tournaments, the first person to do so in modern times. If you could interview Tiger Woods, what are three questions you would ask him?
  • Harold Stassen was born in 1907. He was governor of Minnesota, and ran for the Republican nomination for President 9 times. He was never nominated. Why do you think he would do it, when it was clear that he could not win?
  • American writer Eudora Welty was born in 1909. She lived almost all of her life in Jackson, Mississippi, where she was born and died. She once said, “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.” What do you think she meant by that? Do you agree?
  • April 14:
  • In 1932, the Graf Zeppelin, a huge balloon, became the first airship to fly completely around the world. Imagine you were living back then and were traveling on the airship. Describe some of the things you might see that you might not see today.
  • Today is Pan American Day, to celebrate all the people who live in North and South America. If you could visit any other country in either North or South America, which one would you choose? What would you want to see when you got there?
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was born in 1977. If you could act in a movie or TV show, which one would you choose? Why that one?
  • In 1828, Noah Webster published the first edition of his dictionary of the American language. Every year or so, dictionary makers (lexicographers) must decide which slang words have lasted long enough to be put into dictionaries. What are some slang words or expressions you think might make it into the dictionary?

    April 15:

  • The Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912, the worst ocean liner sinking up to that time. Modern ocean liners are much safer, and carry plenty of lifeboats. Many people enjoy cruises on ocean liners. If you could take a cruise, where would you like to go?
  • (Based on the prompt above) In 1912, Mrs. Margaret Brown, wife of a wealthy gold miner, found herself on a lifeboat with 50 other people after the Titanic sank. When the people on the boat began to panic and almost caused it to turn over, she took a pistol out of her handbag, took over the boat, put everyone to work rowing to stay warm in the freezing cold, wrapped her fur coat around some young children, led songs and prayers, told funny stories, and kept everyone calm until rescue came. She was later given a gold medal for her heroism, and was nicknamed the Unsinkable Molly Brown. If you were in a dangerous and difficult situation, who do you know that you think would be a good leader to follow? Why that person?
  • This is National Hostility Day, when people who are feeling hostile about paying their income tax are encouraged to express their anger in non-hurtful ways. Make a list of all the ways you can think of to express anger that do not hurt people, or hurt their feelings.
  • Income taxes are due today. The income tax is the main way our government raises money to pay for things the government provides. What are some things you think the government should spend more money on? What should they spend less money on? Make a two‑column list. [click on “2” below to go to next page]


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