Here are 10 fall literature writing prompts you can use to ring in the season with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Seasons on Amazon.
William Cullen Bryant, a poet and journalist, said that autumn was "the
year's last, loveliest smile." What does Bryant mean when he says it's the
last smile of the year? Would you agree that it's the loveliest smile as well?
Why or why not?
Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote about leaves falling from trees as if they were
ghosts being driven away. How would the season be different if falling leaves
actually were ghosts? How would raking be different? How would the ghostly
leaves act and why?
Fall is the "mellow time" according to Irish poet William Allingham.
Would you agree with him? What are some of the ways in which the fall is mellow
for you? What are some ways in which it is the opposite? Which is the most
mellow season for you and why?
In George Cooper's poem "October's Party," the leaves, sunshine,
weather, and wind all come to play in a giant celebration for the season.
Imagine that all these things could walk and talk and dance. What would their
fall party be like and why? How would it change if humans were invited and why?
The fall season may be cause for us to be sad and sympathetic for the trees
that are losing all their leaves, according to poet Robert Browning. Create a
conversation between a tree losing its leaves and yourself. Would the tree be
sad? Why or why not? How would you describe the fall, winter, and spring to a
tree that didn't understand?
Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish poet, said that if a tree doesn't blossom in the
spring, you certainly won't see fruit on it in the fall. Why do some people
expect to get the "fruits" of success without putting in the
necessary work first? What are some aspects of your life that require hard work
first and why are they worth it?
There are people who would rather summer never end and transition into fall,
according to author Hal Borland. These same people unsuccessfully hope the
world will do exactly what they want. Why is it important to realize that some
things are out of our control? How does it feel to accept that something is
going to happen?
British humorist Thomas Hood said that many of the wonderful aspects of nature,
including butterflies, fruits, flowers, and birds, were completely absent in
November. Do you miss those aspects of nature as much as Hood? Why or why not?
What are some of the more positive aspects of November?
Chuang Tzu, a 4th century Chinese philosopher, said that opinions are like
autumn, gradually changing and passing away. How have your opinions changed in
the last few years? How do you think they will change in the future? Do you
think Chuang Tzu is right? Why or why not?
460. According to Italian philosopher Umberto
Eco, not only do opinions change, but the way we look changes like autumn as
well. How do you think your looks will change as you get older? Which do you
think is more important, what you have on the inside or what you have on the
outside and why?
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.