Opportunities to combine curriculum always provides a more interesting learning experience for your students. For instance, social studies and writing are a good pair, you can easily find a way to work a writing prompt into the lessons you teach about world history.
Learning World History: 4 Elementary School Writing Prompts
Later on, in their school career your students will experience essay tests in classes like AP English and History, and it’s going to hit them why their teachers wanted them to learn how to write.
But for now, your elementary school students should enjoy writing, sharpen their skills and use the knowledge they’ve gained from social studies lessons to complete the following world history prompts.
Writing Prompt #1: Design a new game to be added to the ancient Greek Olympics. Explain how the game works and why you think this game would be popular at the time.
Since the Olympics happen every two years between the summer and winter, it should make talking to your students about the origins of the Olympics in ancient Greece a little easier and certainly more relatable.
After studying the Greeks and their Olympic games in social studies, your students will not only understand how long ago they started—more than 2,500 years ago!—but also what kind of events athletes competed in. Make sure to review these events before your students start working on this writing prompt.
- Running races
- Chariot racing
- Pentathlon (long jump, discus throw, javelin throw, sprint run and wrestling)
Writing Prompt #2: Ancient Egyptian society loved cats. If you were a pharaoh, what would be your go-to animal and why?
A social studies lesson on life in Egypt during the time of pharaohs and pyramids wouldn’t be complete without talking about how much ancient Egyptians revered the cat. That discussion about cats’ place in Egyptian society leads nicely into this fun writing prompt.
Writing Prompt #3: Write about an interesting protest that happened at some point in history. Would you have participated in the protest? Why or why not?
Combine a bit of U.S. history with world history by talking about how the British ruled the early colonies during the Boston Tea Party. You’ll have the chance to explain to students a bit about politics and the difference between the president, royalty, prime minister and more.
Plus, this particular writing prompt will likely lead to a discussion of how and why people protest rules government impose. It’s a good idea to give examples of what people have protested about during history like the women’s suffrage movement.
Writing Prompt #4: You have been made Emperor of Rome. What would your rules be?
What kid doesn’t want to be in charge for a day?
When you are discussing Rome in your social studies lesson, you’ll want to cover some of the famous emperors. Of course, you’ll need to explain that one of the most famous Romans, Julius Caesar and his rule, ended in tragedy. Something your students should keep in mind as they think about how they would rule!
Give several examples about the many things that happened under different emperors in Rome, including a network of roads, aqueducts and the construction of buildings, some of which are still standing today.
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