With my younger kids who struggle with different aspects of learning I have found writing to be at the bottom of our school list. I have decided to spend the last quarter of school focusing on writing while other subjects like math go into review mode. This is a method I do often when I feel we have not had enough time on certain subject.
Then I chose world history writing prompts to be the focus of our writing. We are using The Mystery of History Volume IV and this will be a great way for them to process the serious topics covered in the book.
World History Writing Prompts
- My favorite visual writing prompts for world history had one entry where light sabers were added to historic battles. Yes, my son wrote how the colonist defeated the British with light sabers.
- Adding modern day technology to historical events allowed them to change outcomes and alter details. For example my son gave Shackleton a snowmobile to help rescue his men.
- Counterfactual topics provided great ideas with prompts.
- What if Hitler was killed in World War I.
- What if Albert Einstein never took the entry level job at the patent office.
- What if the atom bomb was never invented.
- What if Nixon was never involved with WaterGate.
- What if the 19th Amendment was not passed.
- What if the Stock Market never crashed in 1929.
- Eyewitness Historical Ideas gave them a chance to write about their views on events.
- My son wrote how he wanted to be stranded with Sir Henry Shackleton when the Endurance sank.
- What would it be like to stand in line at a soup kitchen during the depression era.
- Selecting an historical photo from The Mystery of History allowed them to create stories and provide details based on the photos in the book. My son wrote about the photo on page 224. I had him keep in mind the Five W Questions has a guideline for what to write. He described what happened before the photo was taken and after the photo was taken.
**If you are concerned about mixing fact with fiction on Mondays I would meet with my boys and listen to them brainstorm ideas and had them state what are the facts and how they are adding or changing them.
My goal was to foster an excitement for writing by allowing them to use their creative thoughts to discuss history topics. Each week as they asked to chose more world history writing prompts and if they could repeat prompts but with different endings; I knew we had met my goal.