August and Back to School Writing Prompts

August and Back To School Writing Prompts and Creative Journal Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas and Journal Topics
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August Creative Writing Prompts and Lesson Plan Ideas For Elementary School Teachers and Students



blue bullet point Back To School and August Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and journal ideas to use during the month of August?

blue bullet point Below, you will find a list of general back to school writing prompts and a list of specific calendar dates for August which contain creative writing ideas related to that particular date in August.

blue bullet point I have created this list of August writing prompts and ideas for elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative writing ideas and topics would also be appropriate for other grade levels.



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  • You will be directed to another page on Unique Teaching Resources that contains detailed lesson plan ideas and printable worksheets for those August and Back to School writing prompts.
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General August and
Back to School Writing Prompts:

Summer Vacation Related Writing Prompts

  • August and Back to School Writing Prompts Summer Graphic August is the only month without a major holiday in it. Create a new holiday that will occur in August.
  • I'm glad summer vacation is over!
  • Where did summer go?
  • I enjoyed reading this book over the summer vacation.
  • The case of the missing summer vacation.
  • If it were summer every day ...
  • The highlights of my summer vacation.
    Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing about their summer vacations inside fun suitcase templates: Summer Vacation Suitcase Templates
  • Write a text message to your friend telling him or her about your summer vacation.
    Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing about their summer vacations inside unique cell phone templates: My Summer Vacation Cell Phone Templates


Back to School Writing Prompts

  • Back to School Writing Prompts Elementary School Building What are 5 things that you can do to become a better student this year?
    • These book bag templates can be used for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.
      Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing an essay inside cute book templates: Book Bag Templates
  • Last school year I improved in ...
    • These chalkboard templates can be used for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.
      Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing an essay inside chalkboard templates: Chalkboard Writing Templates
  • I like learning about ...
    • These apple templates can be used for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.
      Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing inside apple shaped templates: Apple Writing Templates
  • The most important thing that I learned last year in school was ...
    • These school bus printable worksheets can be used for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.
      Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing on printable worksheets which contain school bus graphics: Back to School Printable Worksheets
  • Five things I love about school.
    • These Write All About It printable worksheets can be used for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.
      Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that involves students writing on printable worksheets which contain school supply graphics: Back to School Printable Worksheets
  • Planning for the best school year ever.
  • What are your goals for this school year?
    Click on the following link to view a Back to School teaching resources set that involves students writing about their goals for a new school year inside extra large pencil templates: My Goals Pencil Writing Templates
  • What is your favorite part of the school day? Why?
  • Introducing myself to my classmates.
    Click on the following link to view a Back to School teaching resources set that involves students writing an introduction about themselves and drawing a picture of themselves inside unique school bus templates: Back to School Bus Templates
  • I am a colorful Grade ___ student!
    Click on the following link to view a Back to School teaching resources set that involves students choosing 5 colorful adjectives that describe themselves and then writing a colorful description about themselves inside color pencil box templates: Color Pencil Templates
  • All About Me Poem
    Click on the following link to view a Back to School teaching resources set that involves students writing an All About Me Poem inside unique pencil templates: All About Me Poems
  • Write a letter to your teacher from last year.
  • The best thing about my class is ...
  • Interview one of your new classmates and write about the most interesting details that you learned about your classmate.
    Click on the following link to view a Back to School teaching resources set that involves students interviewing one of their classmates and writing about their classmate inside megaphone templates: Classmate Interview Megaphone Templates
  • Meet the Stars of Our Classroom!
    The 5 writing topics in this extra large star shaped project are: My Family, My Favorite Subjects, My Hobbies/Interests, My Favorite Movies, Books, and T.V. Shows, and I Felt Like a Star. Star Shaped Writing Templates Templates

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Many of my September Writing Prompts
would also be appropriate to use for August, so be sure
to also look at the writing prompt ideas on my September page.


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End of General August and Back to School Writing Prompts




Specific August Writing Prompts:

Celebrations, Events, Holidays, and Dates in History:

Scroll through this page, or click on the links below, to read
about each of these August writing prompts and holidays.



First Monday of August - Friendship Day

Back to School Writing Prompts Friendship Day blue bullet point Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in the United States in 1935 when Congress proclaimed the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day.

blue bullet point In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.

  • Write a recipe for friendship explaining how to be a good friend. Include the ingredients of friendship and the recipe for being a good friend.
  • Who was your first best friend? Describe this friend and what made this friend so special.
  • Write these quotes about friendship on the board and have your students respond to them:
    • Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life.
    • In order to have friends, you must first be one.
    • A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
    • A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked
    • True friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient, it's about being there when it's not.
  • Interview one of your classmates and make a new friend!:
    See this web page for an activity that involves students interviewing their classmates and writing about their classmates inside circus themed megaphone templates.
    http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/classmate-interview-megaphone-templates.html


August 18 - Paula Danziger's Birthday

Paula Danziger birthday August 18, 1944 blue bullet point Paula Danziger was born on August 18, 1944 in Washington, D.C. She was raised in New York and as early as second grade, Danziger knew that she wanted to be a writer.

blue bullet point Paula Danziger is a well known children's author and she wrote more than 30 books. Her most famous books are The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, The Divorce Express, and her Amber Brown series.

  • Paula Danziger based some of her ideas for her first Amber Brown book on her 7 year old niece. Describe a family member (or a friend) that would make an interesting main character for a new series of books that you will write for children.
  • Visit Wikipedia's Paula Danziger page to learn more about this popular author.
  • Children's Literature Independent Information and Reviews provides biographical information about Paula Danziger as well as reviews for many of her books.


August 25 - National Park Service Created (1916)

Back to School Writing Prompts National Park Service Forest Ranger blue bullet point The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 by an Act of Congress and signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The National Park Service manages all the national parks and many national monuments in the United States.

blue bullet point The first national park was Yellowstone National Park and it was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.

blue bullet point The National Park System includes: national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.

  • Why do you think it is important to have national parks?
  • Have you ever visited a national park? Write about a national park that you have visited or a famous national park that you would like to visit.

    Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that contains unique suitcase templates that could be used for this National Park writing prompt: Summer Vacation Suitcase Templates

    Click on the following link to view a teaching resources set that contains unique cell phone templates that could be used for this National Park writing prompt: My Summer Vacation Cell Phone Templates
  • The U.S. National Parks has a web page dedicated to teachers and a page for junior rangers (kids) as well.


August 26 - Mother Teresa's Birthday

Mother Teresa Birthday August 26, 1910 blue bullet point Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Serbi. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to humanitarian causes and she brought global awareness to the poverty in India. In India, Mother Teresa devoted herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

blue bullet point Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work for the poor and helpless. At the time of her death in 1997, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity operated 610 missions in 123 countries which included hospices and homes for orphans, HIV/AIDS patients, and people with leprosy.

  • Mother Teresa dedicated her life to helping the poor. What are some of the things that you could do to help the poor in your own community and in other countries around the world?
  • Write these two quotes from Mother Teresa on your board and have your students write what they feel each quote means.
    • Peace begins with a smile.
    • We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
  • Visit Wikipedia's Mother Teresa page to learn more about her life and work.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize web site contains information about Mother Teresa, who was presented with this award in 1979.


August 28 - I Have A Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. (1963)

Dr. Martin Luther King Speech I Have A Dream Speech August 28, 1963 blue bullet point On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

blue bullet pointIn his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. This speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in human history.

  • Why do you think that this speech is considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in human history?
  • Beginning with the words "I Have a Dream," write your own speech about your hopes for our world and its people.
  • Describe someone that you admire who shares Dr. King's beliefs. Tell what you admire most in this person.
  • Have your students complete a Biography Newspaper Project about Martin Luther King Jr. These newspapers can be assigned as individual or group projects.
  • Have your students complete a Character Body Book Report about Martin Luther King Jr. These reports can be assigned as individual or group projects.
  • Write a famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. on your chalkboard or whiteboard and have your students respond to this quote.
  • Visit Wikipedia's Martin Luther King Jr. page to learn more about his life and work.

End of August and Back to School Writing Prompts



August Printable Calendar Set


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Free Printable Classroom Calendars page.

Note: On the above page, you will find links to download all 12
of my FREE classroom calendar sets for January - December!


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My printable calendar sets are designed to fit inside the
monthly calendar pocket charts that many teachers use.

My holiday calendar sets contain
the following printable worksheets:


August Printable Monthly Calendar

Above: The large August calendar title is a
2 page banner template that is glued together and cut out.


August Printable Worksheets Calendar

Above: This printable calendar set for August includes large
days of the week templates for the 7 days of the week
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are shown above).


August Printable Calendar

This printable calendar set for August includes smaller calendar pieces for the 7 days of the week that will fit inside your calendar pocket chart.

There are 31 square calendar number dates in this teaching resources set.

There are squares for you to print and write your students' names and birthdays on.

There are 11 printable calendar worksheets in this
August teaching resources classroom display set.

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Below are some ideas and examples of teaching resources
that can be used for many of the Back to School
writing prompts that are found on this page:

My Summer Vacation Cell Phone

My Summer Vacation Fun Cell Phone Templates

Provide your students with an engaging and fun way for them to write about what they did during their summer holidays with these unique cell phone text message templates.

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My Summer Vacation Suitcase

My Summer Vacation and Holiday Suitcase Writing Templates

Provide your students with an engaging and fun way for them to write about what they did during their summer holidays with these unique suitcase creative writing templates.

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I Am a Colorful Student!

Pencil Crayon Box Shaped Creative Writing Templates

I am a Colorful Student: Students choose 5 words that describe themselves and write them in the 5 pencils. In the pencil box area, students write a short description about themselves.

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Interview Your Classmate!

Interview a Classmater Fun Megaphone Templates

Megaphone Templates: Students get to know their classmates better through conducting interviews with each other and then writing descriptive paragraphs about their partners.

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Student Information Bus

Back to School Creative Writing Bus Templates

Are looking for a new, unique, fun, and eye-catching idea for students to write an introduction about themselves? These school bus templates are a great back to school creative writing activity!

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Student Book Bag Templates

Back to School Book Bag Creative Writing Templates

This is a generic writing template that does not have a topic selected, so you can choose to use these backpack shaped templates for any Back to School writing activity that you choose.

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Student Book Bag Templates



Meet the Stars of Our Classroom!

Back to School Creative Writing Templates Stars of the Classroom

The 5 writing topics in this extra large star shaped project are: My Family, My Favorite Subjects, My Hobbies/Interests, My Favorite Movies, Books, and T.V. Shows, and I Felt Like a Star.

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My Goals For This Year

My Goals for this School Year Pencil Writing Templates

It is helpful for students to set goals that they want to work towards during a new school year. These unique Back to School pencil templates measure 2.5 inches in width and 17.5 inches in height.

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All About Me Poems

All About Me Poem Pencil Templates

These pencil poetry templates will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to write a fun introductory biography poem about themselves.

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Apple Writing Templates

Apple Shaped Creative Writing Templates and Worksheets

These apple writing templates will help you create an eye catching bulletin board display of your students' creative writing assignments. These templates measure 6.5 by 6.5 inches.

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Chalkboard Writing Worksheets

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Chalkboard Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

These chalkboard worksheets are perfect to use for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page. There are separate worksheets designed especially for Grades 1 - 8.

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School Bus Worksheets

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Bus Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

Students will Hop on Board with creative writing using these printable worksheets. These worksheets are perfect to use for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.

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The Perfect Summer Vacation

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Perfect Summer Vacation Printable Worksheets

Students can write about their favorite vacation, or they can use their imaginations to describe what they think would be a perfect summer vacation using these printable worksheets.

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The Perfect Summer Vacation


Write All About It

Write All About It Pencil Bulletin Board Display Banner

Write All About It Pencil Printable Worksheets for Language Arts

These printable worksheets contain pencil and file folder graphics. These worksheets are perfect to use for many of the Back to School writing prompts that are found on this page.

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African Safari

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African Safari Creative Writing Printable Worksheets

For this creative writing assignment, students imagine that they are on an African safari and write all about their adventures.

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The following projects could be used for individual
and group projects about Martin Luther King:

Biography Newspaper Project

Biography NonFiction Book Report Newspaper Book Report Projects

Nonfiction Book Reports: Your students will enjoy being newspaper editors and writing articles, cartoons, and timelines about the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.

Project Measurements:
Width = 12 inches Height = 18 inches

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Biography Newspapers (nonfiction)


Character Body Book Report

Main Character Body Book Report Projects Fun and Creative Ideas

Your students will love designing large character body projects about Martin Luther King Jr. Students choose adjectives that describe Martin Luther King Jr. and then write an essay.

Project Measurements:
Width = 18+ inches Height = 18+ inches

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Character Body Book Report Projects





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On these pages, you will find creative writing prompts
that pertain to each month's themes, holidays, and events.


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