All students (elementary/middle/high) live for taking vacation. Whether it’s a 3-month boondoggle in the summer, or a short week long jaunt in spring, most students can’t wait for vacation to begin. Have your students share the joys and pitfalls of family vacations with these prompts for writing about vacations.
For 1st and 2nd graders:
Prompt 1: Tell us something really fun you did this summer.
Prompt 2: You went on a picnic with your family on vacation, but someone forgot to close the car windows. Now there are bears in the car! How would you get them out?
Prompt 3: Would you rather spend one day at a theme park like DisneyWorld, or two days at the beach?
Prompt 4 At the carnival, do you prefer to ride a rollercoaster or the merry-go-round?
Prompt 5: Describe your favorite place to eat when you’re on vacation.
For the older grades:
Prompt 6: This year your family has decided to have a “stay-cation” rather than a traditional vacation. That means you will have a local vacation; you will stay in your own neighborhood. What types of things can you do locally? Does your town have certain celebrations? Can you plan on a backyard camp-out or do you have a bowling alley near by? What would be your idea of a perfect “stay-cation”?
Prompt 7: For your vacation this year, your parents have laid out three options for you. You can either go on an African Safari, or visit a castle in England, or you can go to a dude ranch in Montana and ride in a covered wagon. Which do you prefer and why?
Prompt 8: Your parents played a game of pin the tail on the donkey, only instead of a donkey they pinned a world map to decide where you would vacation this year. The pin landed on Morocco! What do you think are the types of things you can do in Morocco? What types of clothes will you need to pack? If you don’t know anything at all about the country, write your essay and then look Morocco up to see if you were even close in what you think it would be like.
Prompt 9: Write a travel brochure for someone who is coming to visit your town. Mention all of the different restaurants or activities that your town offers. If you don’t know of any, contact your Chamber of Commerce and find out what types of things you can do where you live.
Prompt 10: Would you rather visit a historical museum, an art museum or a dinosaur museum? Why did you pick the one you did?
Prompt 11: Which is more fun? Visiting an amusement park or going camping on the beach?
Prompt 12: For your vacation this year, your brother wants to go to the beach and your sister wants to go to the mountains. Who’s side are you on?
Prompt 13: What did you do this summer? Describe a particular day from your summer vacation that was extraordinary or fantastic. If you did absolutely nothing at all this past summer, write about the most boring day you had. Use descriptive language that sets the mood and creates the environment for the reader.
Prompt 14: Many students complain that they don’t get enough vacation time. Why do you feel you should get more vacation days?
Prompt 15: Write about a vacation tradition that is unique to your family or culture.
Prompt 16: Your best friend is contemplating joining you on your spring break vacation. Write a letter to your parents explaining why he should come with you.
Prompt 17: Create a new holiday and write an essay explaining the new holiday and how it would be celebrated.
Prompt 18: Pick three words that describe your summer vacation. Write about how each word applies to something you did or enjoyed (or disliked) during the summer.
Prompt 19: On vacation you rode in a hot air balloon. Describe the things you saw from above.