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Meaning Of Thanksgiving Essay Prompts

Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these with your students:

  1. Pretend you are a very smart and special turkey. You can both understand English and write (you type with your beak)! Write a letter to Americans to convince them NOT to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
  2. Make a Top 10 list of things that you are thankful for in your life.
  3. Most stores used to be closed on Thanksgiving, with many opening early on Friday for the first of the holiday sales. Now, some stores are having their sales on Thanksgiving Day. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Write a paragraph supporting your viewpoint.
  4. You get to write the script for your favorite TV show’s Thanksgiving episode! Write a summary of the plot of the episode you would write. Or, for a longer project, write the actual script.
  5. Write an acrostic poem for one of these words: TURKEY, THANKSGIVING, GRATEFUL, FAMILY.
  6. How was the first Thanksgiving different from the Thanksgivings we celebrate today? In what ways are they the same?
  7. Write about a special Thanksgiving tradition in your family.
  8. Would you prefer to have a small Thanksgiving dinner with just your immediate family or attend a large dinner with lots of extended family and friends? Why?
  9. Explain Thanksgiving to a person from another country who has never heard of it.
  10. Many Thanksgiving hosts set up a “children’s table” where all of the children are seated for the meal. As a child yourself, would you rather sit at the children’s table or have the children and adults all together at one table? Why?
  11. Would you have preferred to be a pilgrim or a Native American? Why?
  12. Pretend you were at the first Thanksgiving as a pilgrim. Write a journal entry about your day.
  13. How would Thanksgiving be different if it was celebrated in August instead of November?
  14. In what ways do you think Thanksgiving will be different 50 years in the future?
  15. You have been given a pet turkey. How will you take care of it?
  16. Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite Thanksgiving dish. Use lots of sensory details.
  17. What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why is it your favorite?
  18. The newspaper headline is: Turkeys Escape from Turkey Farm Just Days Before Thanksgiving. Write the story.
  19. What does being thankful mean to you?
  20. Write about a special Thanksgiving memory.


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FREE Thanksgiving writing papers

Teaching our kiddos to give thanks and truly appreciate what they have is so important!

We can’t give them enough opportunities to reflect on these important feelings!

To get my students to really think and reflect, I LOVE using open-ended questions.  Journaling is definitely time well spent.  

Here are some interesting, thought-provoking questions you can use to spark meaningful conversations and writing about being thankful:

  • What does being thankful mean to you?
  • How can you show your family that you are thankful?
  • Explain how your parents make your life better.
  • Write about something that you feel grateful for this year, that is different from last year?
  • What is special about the way your family celebrates Thanksgiving? 
  • If you had to choose only one thing to be thankful for, what would it be and why?
  • I feel that Thanksgiving symbolizes…

Just for fun, Thanksgiving writing prompts for journaling:

  • Imagine you were traveling to America on the Mayflower.  Describe your adventures.
  • If you could invite anyone for Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be and why?
  • Tell about your favorite Thanksgiving memory.
  • How would you feel if your parents decided to order pizza on Thanksgiving? 
  • What colors do you think of when you think about Thanksgiving?  Explain yourself.
  • My favorite thing and worst thing about Thanksgiving…
  • Imagine you are the turkey.  What would you say to convince everyone not to put you in the oven?
Free writing papers for Thanksgiving

There is no better way to get your students excited about all of this Thankful writing, than to use cute Thanksgiving writing papers!! 

You will find four Thanksgiving writing papers in this freebie.  I tried to make sure that the writing papers would work for a wide range of grade levels.

Some of the writing papers have lines that take up the whole page, and another one is a half page that leaves a spot open for students to draw a picture.  

I wanted to make it easy for you to differentiate for your students.

To download your free Give Thanks writing papers, please click here or on the graphic below.

Inspire your students to write this Thanksgiving!

You may also want to check out my gratitude journal for kids, I Am Thankful Journal.

I would LOVE to hear how you inspire your students to be thankful.

Best wishes!

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