41 Labor Day Writing Prompts

Labor Day is an important American holiday, but students might not know why or understand its significance until they learn more about it.

By celebrating the hard work put forth by the members of our community, we teach children the value of hard work and perseverance.

Below you’ll find a list of prompts that encourage students to reflect and analyze what they’ve learned about Labor Day.

How to use these prompts:

For many, Labor Day marks the end of the summer and the transition into the school year.

You can use these writing prompts to encourage students to learn more about Labor Day, and even assign them over Labor Day weekend.

Here are a few ways you can use these prompts in the classroom:

  • Use in tandem with your social studies lessons about community or community helpers.
  • Use these prompts when discussing important American holidays.
  • Encourage students to use one prompt each day for an entire school week.

The Prompts

  1. Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
  2. Why is it important to rest and take time off for Labor Day?
  3. Write an acrostic poem about Labor Day using the word “LABOR”.
  4. How does your family celebrate Labor Day?
  5. Research the first Labor Day and write a short story that takes place during that weekend.
  6. What is your ideal celebration for Labor Day?
  7. What kind of job do you hope to have when you’re older?
  8. Which community job do you think is the most important in your town? Why?
  9. Write a short story about Labor Day using the following words: rest, barbecue, time, summer
  10. If you could start your own business, what would it be? Explain.
  11. Write a poem about Labor Day.
  12. Why do you think companies use Labor Day to have big sales? Explain.
  13. What do you like most about the end of summer?
  14. Write a letter to a community worker, thanking them for doing their important job.
  15. How do federal holidays like Labor Day create a sense of community among workers?
  16. List three people who you think are hard workers, and what kind of work they do.
  17. Do you think of Labor Day as the end of summer, or is there a different time that you think signifies this change?
  18. Has your family ever gone on vacation for Labor Day? Where did you go?
  19. Write a story about Labor Day using the following words: river, lemonade, fireworks, picnic
  20. I like Labor Day because…
  21. Why do you think Labor Day has shifted from celebrating workers to family vacations?
  22. Do you think this shift has been beneficial or detrimental?
  23. Write an acrostic poem about Labor Day using the word “SUMMER”.
  24. How does Labor Day raise the morale of community workers?
  25. Why is it important to have a good balance between work and home life?
  26. What are some things that can be done to improve conditions for workers?
  27. Does your family have any Labor Day traditions? What are they?
  28. How can you show your parents that you respect their work?
  29. What is something that symbolizes Labor Day for you?
  30. Why do we celebrate Labor Day with fireworks and barbecues?
  31. Write an acrostic poem about Labor Day using the word “VACATION”.
  32. How have American workers helped the country grow?
  33. What kind of workers do you think of when you think about Labor Day?
  34. What is the difference between doing something you love and doing labor?
  35. Look up synonyms for the word “labor”. Choose one that stands out to you, and free write about it.
  36. What is the best food to have on Labor Day?
  37. Why does Labor Day take place at the end of summer?
  38. Why is it important for workers to rest throughout the entire year, rather than just one weekend?
  39. Write a letter to your parents, convincing them to take a vacation this Labor Day.
  40. Think of the person in your life who works the hardest. What kind of work do they do?
  41. Write a story about Labor Day using the following words: worker, community, celebrate, time

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