- Talk as a class about how students spend their Thanksgiving. You are likely to hear a lot of discussion on all the favorite foods that are eaten. Discuss as a class how hunger is an issue in our country and not everyone is fortunate enough to have a large meal. Assign students to write what they can do to help improve hunger in their city, state or country. You can brainstorm a list of ideas as a class before students begin writing. Ideas include things like donating canned goods to organizations that feed the hungry or volunteering in a soup kitchen.
- Have students create their own list of things they are thankful for. This can include, people, places, pets, food and even toys. Teach free association by assigning students to write the first thing that comes to mind. The goal is for students to write the most ideas possible. Ask students to share ideas from their list. Have students write a poem or descriptive writing piece based on the list of what they are thankful for.
- Have students imagine what it would have been like to be on the Mayflower, sailing to new land. Use this as an opportunity to teach descriptive writing. Ask students to describe what it would have looked like, smelt like and how they would have felt. This can be written as a journal entry. Have students share their writing with a partner, small group or the entire class.
Finish the Story
- Give students a writing prompt that begins a story about a turkey. It is up to students to finish the story in their own creative way. They must bring the turkey to life. An example of a writing prompt you could use is, "Once upon a time, there was a turkey who never..." Tell students that they will share their responses in groups or to the entire class. This motivates students to try their best and create a piece that their peers will be impressed with.