world-history-globeOpportunities 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
  • Wrestling
  • Chariot racing
  • Boxing
  • Pentathlon (long jump, discus throw, javelin throw, sprint run and wrestling)



Your students will likely dream up some creative events for their version of the Greek Olympics, and these writing exercises deserve to be treasured. Use this opportunity to create a classbook that includes an illustration of your student’s new event. Then, start planning—hold a classroom Olympics of your own to celebrate when the books arrive. Not only will the students love seeing their published book, but they will have a blast competing in their own Olympics!

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.



After you and your students discuss the importance of cats in ancient Egypt ask them what they would pick to symbolize their society? Will it be something majestic like a lion or silly like a monkey? Or perhaps a unique choice such as a narwhal? Why did they choose that animal? No matter what your students choose to write about, they can make an illustration to accompany their writing extra special by creating art to look like the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Show students images of Egyptian art that shows how cats played into it as well as how hieroglyphs looked to inspire your students when they create their own. Once their writings and hieroglyphs are complete, then it’s time to make a truly one-of-a-kind classbook that your students are sure to love.

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.



This project is best for students in 4th or 5th grade - as they will be able to grasp the idea of protests better than those in lower grade levels. Have your students start  drafting up a short description of their chosen protest and say why they would or would not have participated in that protest. Then, have them create a sign to accompany the protest they describe. Be sure to show them examples of protest signs from the past. Once the prompts and signs are complete, publish them into an “eventful” classbook.


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.



As your students let their imaginations run wild thinking about what rules they’d put in place. Have your students write down the rules they would put in place as an emperor and use theirwriting as pages in yourclassbook. Then, have your students draw themselves as Roman emperors. Students can base their drawings on of the statues that would be built for them in Rome—doesn’t every emperor need a bust of themselves? This project certainly deserves remembering, so be sure to submit this one for a classbook. When the classbooks come in, have your students dress up as Roman emperors and throw an awesome class party!

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