Winter History Writing Prompts

Here are 10 winter history 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.

721. One of the most famous American winter events is when George Washington crossed the Delaware River with his troops in 1776. What might it have been like to be under Washington's campaign during such a treacherous journey? Would you have considered deserting the Army like many troops did at that time? Why or why not?

722. In the winter of 1967, the Midwest saw one of the biggest blizzards of all time, which dumped more than two feet of snow with winds exceeding 50 miles per hour just days after tornadoes and temperatures in the 60s. How would you stay safe during such a wintry storm? How would you prepare for it in the first place?

723. During one of the strangest moments in Winter Olympics history, the ex-husband of figure skater Tonya Harding set up a sneak attack on Harding's rival, Nancy Kerrigan, to try to knock her out of the competition. Imagine that someone tried to sabotage you during a test, game, or sport. How would you respond and why?

724. The winter of 2011-2012 was one of the warmest winters in history. What sorts of things would you do on a warm winter day that would be different from a regular spring or summer day? Would you appreciate the warmer day more in the winter or during another season and why?

725. When the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French invaded Russia in 1812, they were unable to handle the Russian winter and eventually had to abandon the campaign. Imagine that you planned a major event, only to be stopped by tough winter weather. How would you feel? What might you do instead and why?

726. In an effort to avoid the freezing winter in 1778, British navigator Captain James Cook took his crew south during an expedition and became the first Brit to find the Hawaiian Islands. Imagine that you were looking for an object and came upon something much, much better. What might it be? How would it be better and why?

727. During the winter of 1873, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented the earmuffs to protect his ears. If you could come up with any winter invention, what would it be and why? Do you think it could be as successful as Greenwood's? Why or why not?

728. Norwegians Carl Howelsen and Angell Schmidt introduced ski jumping to the Western United States in 1911 in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, spurring an extremely popular ski industry in the mountainous state. What would it be like if you could introduce something in a foreign land? How would people treat you? How would you feel and why?

729. In the 1988 Olympics, the Caribbean island of Jamaica sent its first representatives to the Winter Olympics as part of the bobsled team event. What do you think winter would be like for you if you'd only previously experienced a tropical beach environment? What challenges might you face and why?

730. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released into theaters in December 1937, and it was the first full-length animated movie. Imagine that you were the first person to do or create something. What might that thing be and why? How would you feel after doing it?

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