October Writing Prompts and Word Work

Grade Levels
1st - 8th, Homeschool, Staff
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Do you find yourself scrambling for journal prompts that keep your students engaged and excited about writing? Let me ease your frustrations with my October writing packet! In this download, you will discover a writing prompt for each day in the month of October, an October writing menu (perfect for a writing center), word work cards, writing tips, and a student writing rubric. Take a look to see what other teachers have to say about this October writing resource! I can guarantee you will have your students on the "WRITE" track in no time!


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Link-Year Long Writing Prompts Bundle


Product Description:

Getting your students inspired to write can definitely be a challenge. I hope you find this product useful and resourceful as you encourage your students to become young authors! I will be adding a new bundle each month for you to have a year's worth of "Work on Writing"! If you are not a current follower of me on TPT, I encourage you to become one so that you can be notified of my recent products.


Included in this product are the following items:

♥ 36 MONTHLY WORD CARDS: These cards include adorable clipart from TPT’s most popular clip artists! These cards include thematic, seasonal, or holiday words that your students can use as a spelling reference. Simply laminate, hole punch, and place them on a ring or display them on a bulletin board if you have the space at the writing center for students to easily view.

♥ MONTHLY MENU: This menu is intended to be printed, laminated, or inserted into a sheet protector, and placed at the writing center for students to access if they are at a loss of writing ideas. We sure don’t want our students spending 10 minutes of their writing time “THINKING” about what to write, so this menu can ignite their thoughts.


1. Write about someone who is a role model in your life.

2. Write a story about a scarecrow that came to life.

3. If you could have any superhero power, describe which one you

would choose and explain how you would use it.

4. Describe your idea of the perfect Halloween costume.

5. Explain how you would make S’mores.

6. Write a list of important safety rules that you should follow when

you go trick or treating.

7. Describe your favorite Halloween candy.

8. If you could be an explorer like Christopher Columbus and travel to

a new land, where would you go and why?

9. Write a friendly letter to a tree and persuade it to keep its leaves.

10. October is SENSATIONAL. Write about the colors, smells, tastes,

sounds, and feelings of an autumn day.

11. Explain how you would scare a crow if that was you job.

12. October is National Pizza Month. Describe how you would make

the perfect pizza.

13. October is National Fire Prevention Month. List some safety tips

that can keep you safe in case of a fire.

14. Tell about something that frightens you.

15. What’s Brewing? Write a creepy recipe for Witch’s Brew.

Remember to include all of the ingredients and explain how to

make it.

16. Your mom has left you in charge of planning a fall party for your

friends. Explain what you are going to do to prepare.

17. In honor or National Red Ribbon Week, write a friendly letter to

yourself to explain the dangers of taking illegal drugs. Include a

promise to yourself that you will never take bad drugs.

18. Write about a person you know that is kind.

19. If you could trade places with an owl and be nocturnal for a night,

tell about the adventures you would have while your family was


20. Pretend you are an animal that must prepare for winter. What

animal are you and how are you going to prepare?

♥ WRITING RUBRIC: A student friendly rubric for students to use in order to evaluate their writing samples. The rubric is in a “yes/no” format. Your students can simply check the boxes as they apply.

♥ AUTHORS WITH AUTHORITY: This is a great writing tool for students to keep in the front of their writing journal or in their binder! It is full of friendly writing tips that students often misuse. As the year unfolds, you can individualize the scaffolding of these pointers…fewer skills for students below grade level, and additional skills for students on or above grade level. These guidelines can be introduced based on the developmental age of your students or ability level.


Suggestions for using this resource:

Some ideas for you, the teacher, that will allow you to keep your sanity while managing your writing station. An attractive and well stocked writing station is a key component that will create an inviting atmosphere for your students.

✎ Make sure all materials are available and easily accessible for the students. The idea is that once the students arrive at the station, they do not leave.

✎ Keep a container of sharpened pencils for students to use while at the writing station.

✎ Make sure extra erasers are available.

✎ Provide a container of crayons/markers for the students to use when illustrating while they are at the writing center.

✎ Have a designated place for students to place their writing journals or unfinished work.

✎ Have a designated folder for students to place finished work.



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