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37 awesome writing prompts

You really need to go give Luke Neff some love. Buy some of his stuff. Write him a nice note. Maybe some sort of personal gift? Ya gotta do something. The guy is awesome.

Why awesome?

Because he’s has created a ton of awesome writing prompts that you can use with your social studies / history kids. And . . . he’s sharing them with us.

I suggested a few prompts a couple of months ago but Luke’s are . . . well, more awesomer. Not convinced?

  • Write a page from the book: Instructions for Overthrowing a Tyrannical Government in the 21st Century. Or . . . you could write a page from Instructions for Maintaining a Tyrannical Government in the 21st Century.
  • Design five merit badges for people or groups from history. Explain them and describe how they would be earned.
  • If you lived 2000 years ago, which would be best to own: a cow, a horse, or a dozen chickens? Why?
  • Could one 21st century US Marine battalion destroy the entire Roman Empire?
  • Make a to-do list for a famous historical person.

I know, right?

The Common Core literacy standards expect your kids to read and write well. For many social studies teachers, this can be a bit frightening. We probably weren’t trained to do this, we’re not sure what it’s supposed to look like, and it just seems so . . . un-historyish.

But strong reading and writing skills have always been vital skills for historians and history students alike. We need to do more of it. If you’re a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea, head over and check out the rest of Luke’s 37 writing prompts. Maybe try some of mine.

Cause they’ll make your kids awesome.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jill Weber #

    Great ideas! I definitely will be using Edmodo to add writing to my class! Thanks Glenn

    January 8, 2013

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