Summer Literature
Writing Prompts

Here are 10 summer 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.

201. The poet William Carlos Williams once wrote, "In summer, the song sings itself." If summer were a song, what kind of song would it be and why? Do you think summer is more musical than other seasons? Why or why not?

202. According to playwright Anton Chekhov, "people don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Would you say that you're happier during summer than other seasons? Why or why not?

203. A character in Lisa Schroder's book I Heart You, You Haunt Me says that "books and summertime go together." Do you enjoy it when books are a part of your summer? Why or why not? If you had to choose one book to read during the warmest months, what would it be and why?

204. Author George R.R. Martin said that summer friends melt away while winter friends are the ones that last. Imagine what it would be like if your summer friends met with your winter friends during a party. Would you spend more time with one group over the other? Why or why not?

205. Poet Raymond Duncan said, "A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp." If you were a parent, do you think you'd enjoy sending your kids to camp for a month or two? Why or why not? What would you do with your spare time?

206. Lucy Maud Montgomery's well-known character Anne once wondered allowed what it would be like to live in a world in which it was always June. How would your life change if it was always June? What sorts of things would you miss out on? What would the benefits be?

207. Summer is often connected with youth in poetry and literature. Why do you think this is? How would summer be different for a younger person and an older person and why?

208. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "summer will have its flies." What would you say are some of the "flies" of summer, other than actual flies? Do you think the positive aspects of summer outweigh the negative aspects and why?

209. Author and journalist Hal Borland referred to summer as a loan that needs to be repaid in January. Imagine that you could actually borrow extra days of summer now but that it would require you deal with extra days of winter. Would the trade-off be worth it? Why or why not?

210. Poet James Russell Lowell refers to summer as a luxury that everyone can afford. What are some ways in which summer is like a free vacation? Do you think the season is wonderful enough on its own that no additional trips or expenditures are needed? Why or why not?

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