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30 Fantastic and Fun November Writing Prompts

November Writing Prompts for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, Middle School, and beyond-– Welcome teachers, homeschoolers, parents, tutors, students, and writers! You’ve discovered 30 wonderful writing and journaling ideas about gift-giving and gratitude. Now, you’ll also see 11 brand-new Thanksgiving-themed prompts for your precious younger student writers. Oh yeah!

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These unique November prompts and ideas are fun and inspiring ideas to write about for kids.


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Holiday Writing Journal Ideas for Students

As the holiday season arrives, bringing plenty of gifting and gratitude with it, you can encourage students to think about the meaning behind these important traditions.

In these November writing prompts and journal ideas, the students in your classroom will write extensively about both giving and gratitude. 

This year, invite students to think about gift-giving from a new perspective.


The focus on gift-giving during the holiday season can be a little overwhelming for adults sometimes. Yet, for kids, it’s one of the most exciting parts of the year. 

Our Gift-Giving Focused November Writing Prompts

With this list of November writing prompts, instead of focusing solely on what they want, students will also spend some time thinking about the reasons we give gifts and what it means to give.

It’s easy to overlook the motivations behind gift-giving and to forget to be thankful during the hectic holiday season. By taking time to slow down and reflect on these important holiday traditions, students will have the chance to understand the deeper meaning behind giving gifts. 

They’ll write about new ways to practice gratitude while also examining the feelings they experience when they receive gifts. Students will also think about the types of gifts they’d love to give and creative new ways to give of themselves.

These November writing prompts are sure to fulfill the needs of your students and engage their interests. So get to it and use these prompts with your writers today!

30 November Writing Prompts and Ideas About Gift-Giving and Gratitude

Now, here are those wonderfully fantastic and fun November writing ideas.

  1. When does the holiday season arrive? What events put you in the holiday mood?
  2. Write about three non-material gifts you can give this year. Who would you give these special gifts to?
  3. Write about three things that you are thankful to have in your life. Why do you appreciate these items?
  4. Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t like? How did you respond?
  5. What kinds of gifts will you give this holiday season?
  6. If you could give your parents any gift, what would it be? Why?
  7. What is the holiday spirit all about?
  8. Have you ever given someone a gift as a surprise? Why did you give the gift?
  9. What are the best types of presents to give?
  10. How can you practice your gratitude?
  11. What does it feel like when someone thanks you for a gift?
  12. When do you like to give gifts? Why?
  13. Why do we give gifts during the holidays?
  14. How can you give to people who are less fortunate than you?
  15. What are some creative ways you can give to others this year?
  16. Would you rather give someone a gift or receive a gift? Why?
  17. What does it mean to give?
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  18. Do you prefer to give gifts that people have asked for or that you think they might like? Why?
  19. What does it mean to be thankful?
  20. Have you ever gotten a gift from a person that you didn’t know very well or didn’t like? What did you do?
  21. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
  22. Do you think people deserve presents during the holidays? Why or why not?
  23. What is the most memorable gift you ever received? Why was it special?
  24. What would you do if you received two of the same gift? Why?
  25. How do you thank people when they give you gifts?
  26. What types of gift-giving traditions does your family have?
  27. If you could receive any gift this holiday season, what would it be? Why?
  28. Write about a time when you received an unexpected gift. How did you feel?
  29. What are some creative ways to show your gratitude this year? Will you use any of these new methods?
  30. Make a list of your holiday wishes for others. What would you like to see other people receive this season?

Yay! I hope you enjoyed this fun and fabulous list of November writing prompts.

11 Bonus November Writing Prompts about Thanksgiving

The following list of prompts focuses mostly on Thanksgiving and is especially helpful for younger writers, such as those in kindergarten, first grade, and up.

  1. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving day is…
  2. The Thanksgiving holiday is special to me because…
  3. If I had a pet turkey…
  4. The first Thanksgiving…
  5. The best Thanksgiving ever was when…
  6. Write a story about a kid your age on the Mayflower.
  7. Pretend you are a pilgrim and write a journal entry about your day.
  8. Imagine you have a time machine and can travel to any day in history, I would go to _________ because _______
  9. What does your family do after Thanksgiving dinner?
  10. Which countries celebrate Thanksgiving besides the United States?
  11. Invent some new recipes for your holiday celebrations

Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

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