Feeling the air turn crisp and cold, watching the leaves fall down, seeing family, and taking in all the smells of great food being made makes November one of the months when it’s easiest to feel comfortable.
It’s also an incredibly important month in terms of what we celebrate and how we celebrate.
This is a changing season, which is worth understanding fully and appreciating.
So, it’s important for students to understand the holidays we celebrate, why we celebrate them, and understand the month as a whole through writing prompts.
How to Use These Prompts:
These are excellent prompts to use within the classroom throughout the month of November.
This will help students to think about the month, and better understand it, as the month is occurring around them.
However, if your class doesn’t have time to work on these prompts over the course of the month, using a few important ones at the start of the month is effective too.
Students can either work on these writing prompts by themselves, forcing them to think deeply internally, or they can be done in small groups.
By bringing students into groups they can better understand other students’ points of view and widen their understanding of the topic at hand.
The Writing Prompts About November:
- Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the third Thursday of November. Why is this an important holiday?
- Do you know where the Thanksgiving tradition comes from? How has it changed over time?
- Veterans Day is celebrated every November. What does this holiday celebrate, and why does that matter?
- What is Black Friday?
- Is November too early for Christmas and other winter holiday decorations? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite part of the month of November? Why?
- What is your least favorite part of the month of November? Why?
- What is the weather normally like in November? Do you know why it changes like this?
- What is it like outside in November? How is this different from October and December?
- Can you name some important historical events that happened in November? Why do they matter?
- What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why?
- What are some traditions unique to your family on Thanksgiving?
- Why is important to be thankful? How can we show our gratitude?
- How late into November does your Halloween candy last? How could you make it last longer?
- Why is voting important?
- Every four years the Presidential election is held in November. Why is it done in advance of the President actually changing?
- Football is played throughout November and on Thanksgiving Day. Do you like football? What are some of the benefits of team sports and competition?
- What are some foods you eat in November, but not the Spring? Why do you think people eat different foods at different times of year?
- Topaz is the birth stone for people born in November. What is your birth stone? Do you like it? Why or why not?
- November is National Novel Writing Month. What is your favorite book and why? Would you ever want to write your own book?
- National Bison Day is in November. Do you know why we celebrate bison in the United States? What is their importance to American history?
- What role did Native Americans play in the Pilgrims’ survival in the Americas?
- How should we celebrate Native Americans today? Why?
- Do we remember the significance of Thanksgiving when we celebrate it? Why or why not?
- Do you travel for Thanksgiving? If so, where do you go and why?
- How important are family traditions in our daily lives?
- There are a lot of days off from school in November. Does this make it harder or easier for you to learn? Why?
- How can you celebrate your friends on Thanksgiving? Why should you celebrate friends?
- What is your favorite Fall activity? Why?
- What are some things that remind you of November? Why?
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