Persuasive Essay Unique Ideas For Valentines Day

Valentine's Day and February Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Ideas and Journal Topics
For Valentine's Day and February

February Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and journal ideas to use during the month of February?

Below, you will find a list of general February writing topics and a list of specific calendar dates for February which contain creative writing ideas related to that particular date in February.

I have created this list of Valentine's Day and February writing prompts and ideas for elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative writing ideas and topics would also be appropriate for other grade levels.

You will find some Valentine's Day and February writing prompts below that contain underlined links. If you click on an underlined link:

  • You will be directed to another page on Unique Teaching Resources that contains detailed lesson plan ideas and printable worksheets for those February writing prompts.
  • You will be directed to another website that contains useful information related to those particular February writing prompts.

General Valentine's Day and
February Writing Prompts:

  • Someone special to me.
  • Make a list of ways that you can show your love and appreciation for your Mom or Dad.
  • Make a list of people that you love and the reasons why.
  • Write about a special moment where you felt or expressed love.
  • Write a Valentine's Day letter to someone special to you.
  • Create a Valentine's Day card for someone special to you.
  • Write a letter to your Mom or Dad telling them why you love them.
  • "To have a heart of gold" means to care about other people. Describe someone that you know that has a heart of gold.
  • Write your definition of what love means.

Specific February Writing Prompts:

Celebrations, Events, Holidays, and Dates in History:

Scroll through this page, or click on the links below, to read
about each of these February writing prompts and holidays.

February - Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated in February in the United States in recognition of the achievements made by black Americans and the important role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada (in February) and the United Kingdom (in October), also devote a month to celebrating black history.

While earning a Ph.D. from Harvard, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population. In 1926, Dr. Woodson launched Negro History Week in order to bring national attention to the contributions made by black people throughout American history.

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marked the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced African American history: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. This week eventually led to the celebration of Black History Month.

February 2 - Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is observed on February 2 in the United States and Canada.

According to the legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow, that means that there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

  • On my Groundhog Day lesson plans page, you can read a description about this holiday and watch two videos that will help to explain the traditions and history of Groundhog Day.
  • This page contains ideas for Groundhog Day writing prompts. You will also find lesson plans for a project that involves your students in creating Groundhog Day booklets.
  • A five page bulletin board display banner is also include in this set of teaching resources (shown below).

Above: 5 page bulletin board display banner
Below: Groundhog Day booklet (cover sheet and writing template)

Click here to go to Heidi's
Groundhog Day lesson plans page.

February 8 - Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America was founded by Chicago publisher William Boyce on February 8, 1910. As a scout, children learn how to hike, camp and take care of the land. Scouts study wildlife up close in the great outdoors and learn about nature.

The Boy Scout program is designed to develop youth who have a high degree of self-reliance, initiative, courage, helpfulness, integrity, resourcefulness. This program teaches boys to have respect for the rights of others and to be positive leaders, role models, and citizens.

  • Write a story about a hiking or camping adventure.
  • Clubs and organizations are a great way to learn important skills. What types of clubs and/or organizations do you belong to? What are some of the skills that you have learned in this club?
  • If you don't belong to a club, which club would you like to join?
  • Visit Wikipedia's Boy Scouts of America page to learn more about this organization.
  • On Boy Scouts of America page, students can learn more about becoming a scout.

February 11 - National Inventors Day
February 11 (1847) - Thomas Edison's Birthday

In recognition of the great contributions that inventors have made to the world, National Inventors Day is celebrated on February 11. This date was chosen because Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847.

Thomas Edison was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman and is known as one of the most prolific inventors of all time. Edison invented more than 1,200 items, including the light bulb and phonograph.

As a young boy, Edison was curious and outspoken. He only attended school for three months, as his teachers complained that his mind wandered and referred to him as "addled" (confused, mixed up, empty).

Instead, Edison was taught reading, writing, and arithmetic at home by his mother, who was a former teacher. In his adult years, Edison said, "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint."

  • Thomas Edision said, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." What do you think Edison's quote means?
  • How important is Edison's invention of the light bulb in your every day life?
  • Thomas Edison had little formal education. Do you think his lack of schooling would prevent him from becoming an important inventor today?
  • What do you think is the most important invention of all time? Why?
  • What are the major differences between a scientist and an inventor?
  • Draw and design a new invention. Write a description about your new invention and why it will be so useful to people today.
  • Design a newspaper about Thomas Edison that highlights his life as both a young boy growing up and as an inventor. For ideas and lesson plans for a biography newspaper project, please see this page on my website: Biography Book Report Newspaper Projects.
  • On Wikipedia's List of Inventors page there is a long list of inventors and links to more information about these inventors.
  • Using the "List of Inventors" found above, choose a famous inventor and created a wanted poster about an inventor. For ideas and lesson plans for wanted poster projects, please see this page on my website: Wanted Poster Book Report Projects.
  • Visit Wikipedia's Thomas Edison page to learn more about this famous inventor.
  • Below you can watch a short documentary about Thomas Edison.

February 12 (1809) - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He moved to Indiana when he was 7 and grew up in a poor family on the American frontier. As a young adult, Lincoln moved to Illinois when he was 21.

Although Abraham Lincoln was mostly self-educated, he became a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a member of the US House of Representatives. He was elected the 16th President of the United States and served from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

President Lincoln successfully led his country through the American Civil War, while helping to preserve the Union and ending slavery. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be one of the greatest presidents in American history.

  • What were President Lincoln's greatest accomplishments?
  • You have been selected to give President Lincoln a tour of your city. Where would you take President Lincoln?
  • If you could interview President Lincoln, what ten questions would you ask him?
  • What would Abraham Lincoln like about America in the 21st Century? What wouldn't he like?
  • Your students will have fun creating a character body book report about Abraham Lincoln. You can find directions for how to complete biography projects shaped like a person on this page of my website: Character Body Book Report Projects.

    • Below is an example of character body project for Abraham Lincoln. Students design the character's head, hands, and feet for these fun projects.
    • For these body shaped projects, the vest area opens up to reveal an area where students have written their character descriptions.
    • On the outside of the character's body, students glue adjectives that describe the person.

  • Create a newspaper about Abraham Lincoln that highlights his life and presidency. For ideas and lesson plans for a biography newspaper project, please see this page on my website: Biography Book Report Newspaper Projects.
  • The Gettysburg Address is a speech that was made by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 and it is one of the best-known speeches in United States history. This famous speech occurred during the American Civil War and in this speech, President Lincoln called on the people to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy.
  • Read your students Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. You can find the Gettysburg Address on this website: Gettysburg Address Text.
  • Have your students listen to actor Jeff Daniels recite the Gettysburg Address below.

  • Ask students to imagine that they were alive at the time the Gettysburg Address was delivered. In a letter to a friend, have your students describe the effect that the speech had on them when they heard President Lincoln give it.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the first President to be assassinated. He was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

February 15 (1820) - Susan B. Anthony's Birthday

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Massachusetts and she was an important American civil rights leader. She fought for women's right to vote and introduced women's suffrage into the United States.

Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote and to run for office. Woman suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually, at state and local levels, during the 19th Century and early 20th Century.

Susan B. Anthony died on March 13, 1906 and fourteen years after her death, women were given the right vote on August 26, 1920, by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This ammendment stated: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

The Presidential election of November 1920 was therefore the first occasion in which women in all of the states were allowed to exercise their right of suffrage.

  • How would you feel if you were a woman in the 1800's and you did not have the right to vote?
  • Which countries provided women the right to vote prior to the United States?
  • Below are two websites with timelines that your students could use to help them with their research:

  • Visit the Susan B Anthony House to learn more information about this women's rights leader.
  • Susan B. Anthony was honored as the first American woman to be featured on a U.S. coin. The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin is about the size of a U.S. quarter and it was minted for four years: 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1999.

    • Choose a woman that admire and design a coin that features her. Write an explanation about why you admire this woman.

Third Monday of February - Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Presidents' Day is intended to honor all of the American presidents, but most significantly George Washington, who was born on February 22, and Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12.

  • Students can find a list of the Presidents on Wikipedia's List of Presidents of the United States page.
  • The United States has not elected a female for President. Choose a woman that you admire (living or dead) and explain why you feel that this woman would make a great President of the United States.
  • You have been chosen by your school newspaper to interview the current President of the United States. Plan your interview by writing down 10 questions that you would like to ask the President.
  • William Henry Harrison spent the shortest amount of time in office with 32 days and Franklin D. Roosevelt spent the longest with over twelve years. Research these two American Presidents and create a venn diagram to compare and contrast them.
  • Which U.S. President do you admire the most? Create a biography report about this President using the character body book report projects found on Unique Teaching Resources.
  • No matter where in the world the President travels, if he flies in an Air Force jet, the plane is called Air Force One. Describe your trip as a reporter on Air Force One with President. Which President are you traveling with? Which country are you going to and why is the President visiting that country?
  • Please see the writing prompts for Abraham Lincoln and George Washington that are found on this same page for more ideas for Presidents' Day lesson plans.

February 22 (1732) - George Washington's Birthday

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. He served as the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. George Washington was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

Because of his significant role in the revolution and in the formation of the United States, George Washington is often referred to by Americans as the "Father of Our Country."

  • What were George Washington greatest accomplishments?
  • You have been selected to give George Washington a tour of your city. Where would you take President Washington?
  • What would George Washington like about America in the 21st Century? What wouldn't he like?
  • Create a newspaper about George Washington that highlights his life and presidency. For ideas and lesson plans for a biography newspaper project, please see this page on my website: Biography Book Report Newspaper Projects.
  • If you could interview George Washington, what ten questions would you ask him?
  • Your students will have fun creating a character body book report about George Washington. You can find directions for how to complete biography projects shaped like a person on this page of my website: Character Body Book Report Projects.
  • Visit Wikipedia's George Washington page to learn more information about our first President.

February 26 (1728) - Levi Strauss' Birthday

Levi Strauss was born on February 26, 1829 in Bavaria, Germany. He sailed to the United States at the age of 18 with his family.

Along with Jacob Davis, Levis Strauss invented the blue jeans in 1873, and they were used by the California gold miners. These denim pants were originally called waist overalls.

Levis Strauss' invention of the blue jeans has become the most popular clothing product in the world.

  • Why do you think Levi Strauss' creation is still so popular today?
  • How often do you wear jeans? Do you like wearing jeans? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite brand of jeans? Explain why.
  • Visit Wikipedia's Levi Strauss page to learn more information about this inventor.
  • Watch the video below to learn more about Levi Strauss and the invention of blue jeans.

February 29 - Leap Year

February 29 occurs once every four years and is this called a Leap Year. A leap year contains one extra day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.

During a Leap Year, February has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Adding an extra day to the calendar every four years compensates for the fact that a period of 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost 6 hours.

  • A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper." People born on this day usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28 or March 1. Would you like to be born on February 29? Why or why not?
  • Write a letter to yourself that you will open up and read on the next leap year, four years from now. Write about your goals and what you would like to be doing four years in the future.
  • We leap when we are happy. What is something that you are happy about today?
  • Leap into a study about frogs and the rainforst on Leap Day.
  • Have a "How Far Can You Leap?" contest with your students and have them graph the results.
  • You have an extra day this year to do good deeds for other people. Describe your acts of kindness.

End of February Writing Prompts

February Printable Calendar Set

Click here to go to my
Free Printable Classroom Calendars page.

Note: On the above page, you will find links to download all 12
of my FREE classroom calendar sets for January - December!

My printable calendar sets are designed to fit inside the
monthly calendar pocket charts that many teachers use.

My holiday calendar sets contain
the following printable worksheets:

Above: The large February calendar title is a
2 page banner template that is glued together and cut out.

Above: This printable calendar set for February includes large
days of the week templates for the 7 days of the week
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are shown above).

This printable calendar set for February includes smaller calendar pieces for the 7 days of the week that will fit inside your calendar pocket chart.

There are 31 square calendar number dates in this teaching resources set.

There are squares for you to print and write your students' names and birthdays on.

There are 11 printable calendar worksheets in this
February teaching resources classroom display set.

Click on this link to go to my
Free Printable Classroom Calendars page.

On the above page, you'll find links to
12 FREE calendar sets for January - December.

Below are some ideas and examples of teaching resources
that can be used for some of the Valentine's Day and February
writing prompts that are found on this page:

Biography Newspaper Project

Nonfiction Book Reports: Your students will enjoy being newspaper editors and writing articles, cartoons, and timelines based on the famous people that they have read about in their books.

Project Measurements:
Width = 12 inches Height = 18 inches


Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
Biography Newspapers (nonfiction)

Character Body Book Report

Your students will love designing large character body projects about the characters found in their books. This project is also ideal for a biography book report about a famous person.

Project Measurements:
Width = 18+ inches Height = 18+ inches


Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
Character Body Book Report Projects

V. Day Noun Powerpoint

Fall In Love With Nouns is a Valentine's Day powerpoint lesson. This fun presentation reviews 3 types of nouns: common nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns.

There are 14 sets of questions and answers in this powerpoint lesson, which contains 37 slides.


Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
Fall In Love With Nouns

We Love Reading Books!

Motivate your students to read 16 books and fall in love with reading with these sticker charts.

Although this set can be used any time of the year, I designed it as a February reading program and I used heart shaped graphics to tie in with a Valentine's Day theme.


Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
I Love Reading Sticker Charts

Valentine's Day Resource Set

This Valentine's Day value pack contains a set of 4 matching resources:

  • card and 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above)
  • I Love Reading and banner
  • poem and banner
  • sticker chart and banner.

Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
Valentine's Day Resource Set

Things That We Love!

For this Valentine's Day activity, students write two paragraphs about things that they love.

Students choose 2 topics from this list: person, sport, book, movie, restaurant, game, place, and holiday.

This set also includes a 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above).


Click below for more information about:
February Writing Prompts
Things That We Love!

A Gift From the Heart - 3D Box

A Gift From the Heart is a fun 3 dimensional project.

The assembled 3D gift box measures 5.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

This set of teaching resources will help you to remind your students that the most special gifts do not involve money

Product Description

This pack contains 6 Valentine's Day writing prompts for any grades (but are definitely best with 3rd - 6th):
-2 narrative
-2 expository (informational)
-2 persuasive

Also included are planning pages for each type of prompt, rough draft paper, and final draft paper.

Common Core Standards

5W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
5W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Teacher Directions

-You can use this pack in many ways. You can take one prompt and give it to your whole class, or distribute different prompts to different students to have them each practice different types of writing, or even give them a choice of which prompt they would like to write about.
-They should read the prompt and brainstorm initial ideas on the prompt paper.
-They will then use the graphic organizer to help plan out their ideas.
-They will write a first copy of their story on the rough draft paper provided.
-When the first draft is finished, they will go back to revise and edit it.
-Final drafts can be written on the final draft paper provided. You can copy the first page with the line for a title for each child and then make multiple copies of the second final draft pages for longer stories.

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