Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

Writing Prompts for October!

By James Wayne

pen and padWriting prompts that support your efforts to teach, not only writing, but Social studies, history, geography, science, language, arts, religion… even pop culture!

Here are October writing prompts by teacher James Wayne, updated  each week during the month.

Use them to prompt writing, reflection, discussion, and even deeper research on the topics. They’re great for faculty and parent newsletters, too!

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October 1:
Former President Jimmy Carter was born in 1924. After he left the White House and retired, he joined Habitat for Humanity, a charity that organizes volunteers to help build houses for poor people. What would you like to do when you are old enough to retire?

In 1972, the Van Gogh Museum opened in Amsterdam, Holland. Although he is famous now, during his lifetime, no one paid much attention to him, or bought his paintings. His family and friends were surprised when, after he died, he became famous and his paintings very valuable. Imagine that a relative of yours has suddenly become very famous. List 3 ways your life might change.

October 2:
Mohandas Gandhi, who led the people of India in their struggle for independence, was born in 1869. He was given the title “Mahatma,” which means “Great Soul.” He once said, “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” What do you think he meant by that?

The first oil refinery in North Dakota was opened in 1954. Oil refineries are necessary if we are to have petroleum products like gasoline, plastics, and fertilizers, but the process produces a very bad smell that is spread by the wind. Many people don’t want such industries near them, but yet want the things the industries make. Suppose someone proposes to build a very smelly industry near your house. What would you do about it?

October 3:
Every year since 1698, a dog market has been held in Fredricksburg, VA. Originally, the market was held to buy and sell hunting dogs, but now all kinds of dogs are included. To have a dog as a pet can be a lot of fun, but it also requires work to take care of it. List 5 things a dog owner must do for the dog to keep it healthy and happy.

In 1932, The Times, a London newspaper, began using a new type font called Times New Roman. The new font was so outstandingly legible that it quickly became the most popular font for most books, magazines, newspapers, and web sites. Most word processing programs on computers use Times New Roman as their default, or usual, font. Many other fonts, however, are still in use. Describe a font (a style of lettering) that you find especially interesting or legible.

James Herriot, author of All Creatures Great and Small and several other books about his life as a vet in rural Britain, was born in 1916. Would you like a job working with animals? What kind of animals are your favorites? Why do you like them?

October 4:
Today is Children’s Health Day. Make a poster or write a poem about something young people can do to keep themselves healthy.

In 1959, human beings got their first glimpse of the back side of the moon, thanks to the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft, which took pictures of it and transmitted them back. If you could visit the moon, what would you like to do there?

Autumn is here, and in many places, the trees are beginning to change their colors. Botanists tell us that the bright colors we see are always there, but hidden by the green of the leaves in spring and summer. What kind of tree do you think the most beautiful, useful, or interesting? Why do you think so?

Sputnik, the first artificial earth satellite was launched by the USSR in 1957. Since then, many more satellites have been launched, and are now used for communications and location-finding. The word Sputnik means “traveling companion” in Russian. If you were designing a new satellite to put into space, what name would you give it? Why that name?

October 5:
In 1926, Edwin Hubble, the famous American astronomer, discovered the first Cepheid variable, a kind of star that changes its brightness in a regular pattern. How do you think our life would be different if the sun regularly became dim and bright for several weeks at a time?

In 1989, the Dalai Lama, head of Tibetan Buddhism, won the Nobel Peace prize. He once said, “if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” What do you think he meant by that?

In 1962, Miss Janice Pepper married Mr. Francis Salt, becoming Mrs. Janice Pepper Salt. The Salt family enjoys their unusual name, but some people dislike the teasing and jokes such names often attract. If you had (or have) an unusual name, how would you feel about it?

Subsequent weeks’ prompts (Sign up for any Teachers.Net mailring and we’ll alert you by email when the next weeks writing prompts are posted.)

Writing prompts for October 1 – 5

Writing prompts for October 6 – 12

Writing prompts for October 13 – 19

Writing prompts for October 20 – 26

Writing prompts for October 27  – Nov. 2



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