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Writing Prompts

We have writing prompts almost every day.  Some prompts have readings or explanations to accompany them.  Each prompt should be answered in your journal, at least 1/3 of a page.  Please come see me if you have questions.

6th Grade

4/18/11

A bad dude in a cowboy hat is walking into the saloon in a bad Western movie.  He’s looking dangerous and mad.  Tell what happens, creating a happy ending.  You have been given the beginning, create a middle and an end.  Use at least 3 adjectives and 3 adverbs.

(Unjournaling #6)

4/19/11

Write a poem for a room in our school

(examples from Awakening the Heart, p. 24-25)

4/20/11

Write a color poem

(example from Awakening the Heart, p. 14)

4/21/11

Write a food poem

 (example from Neighborhood Odes, p. 4)

4/22/11

Write an apology, sport or emotion poem

(examples from Immersed in Verse, p. 16-17)

4/25/11

Write a list poem

(ex:  One Art, What Bugs Me)

4/26/11

Write a poem that starts, “If only I’d known”

4/27/11

Write a poem with a final ending

(examples from Awakening the Heart, p. 86-87)

4/29/11

Write a poem in a form—couplets, haiku, sonnet, you choose

5/2/11

Write a story that starts with this line:

          The grass smells red.

(Unjournaling #73)

5/3/11

Describe your favorite shirt and tell us why it is your favorite

 5/4/11

Why do we have the alphabet posted in our room?

 5/5/11

Write a paragraph using only the first half of the alphabet (a-l).  You may not use letters past l)

(Unjournaling, #86)

5/6/11

Describe a memorable place you have been

5/9/11

Write about something you wish you had (superpowers, a house in the mountains, a brother, a dog)

 5/10/11

There is smoke.  Where is coming from?  You investigate and are surprised by what you find.  Describe what you discover.

(Unjournaling #33)

5/11/11

                        Jack and Jill went up the hill

                        To fetch a pail of water

                        Jack fell down and broke his crown

                        And Jill came tumbling after

           There is too much left out of the story.  Who were Jack and Jill?  How did they go up that hill?  Did they walk?  Ride a horse?  Drive in a car?  Why did they need a pail of water?  Why didn’t they just turn on a faucet?  What make Jack fall down?  How far did he fall?  How serious was his “crown” injury?  What made Jill tumble?  Was she hurt?

            Rewrite the story, filling in the details.

5/12/11

Write 10 food and people similes.  In other words, compare a person (real or imagined) to food.  Create a very clear image of the person.

          EX:  “Franco is as assertive as a piece of wilted lettuce”

                   “Marianna’s hair is a red as tomato soup”

(Unjournaling #84)

5/13/11

Write a list of your rules for something (surviving school, making a good dinner, being a good friend)

(Unjournaling, #108)

5/17/11

 Whine                  Bellyache                      Complain

Moan                   Criticize

Create a conversation that uses some form of each of these words.

(Unjournaling #50)

 5/18/11

 Here’s the last part of a newspaper story:

Neighbors called police when they noticed the pink gooey substance oozing from all the doors and windows of the modest ranch home.

 Now write the first part of the story.  Remember 5W1H

 (Unjournaling, #21)

5/19/11

Write a paragraph about Thanksgiving that does not use the letter T.

(Unjournaling #78)

  5/20/11

Transitions happen every day: from sleeping to waking, from school to home, from fall to winter.  Sixth grade is a big transition from elementary to middle school.  Write about a transition and what it means to you:  is it a good thing, would you rather go back, what happens next.

5/23/11

Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with dots (i, j).

Make sure to use the 3 elements of characterization (what does she look like, what does she act like, how do other people react to her)

(Unjournaling #1)

5/24/11

Describe an incident from this year you wish you hadn’t done or is more embarrassing the more you think about it.

 

7th  & 8th grade

 3/1/11

A bad dude in a cowboy hat is walking into the saloon in a bad Western movie.  He’s looking dangerous and mad.  Tell what happens, creating a happy ending.  You have been given the beginning, create a middle and an end.  Use at least 3 adjectives and 3 adverbs.

(Unjournaling #6)

 3/2/11

                        Jack and Jill went up the hill

                        To fetch a pail of water

                        Jack fell down and broke his crown

                        And Jill came tumbling after  

There is too much left out of the story.  Who were Jack and Jill?  How did they go up that hill?  Did they walk?  Ride a horse?  Drive in a car?  Why did they need a pail of water?  Why didn’t they just turn on a faucet?  What make Jack fall down?  How far did he fall?  How serious was his “crown” injury?  What made Jill tumble?  Was she hurt?

            Rewrite the story, filling in the details.

(Unjournaling, #108)

3/3/11

Describe your favorite shirt and tell us why it is your favorite

3/4/11

Why do we have the alphabet posted in our room?

3/7/11

Write a paragraph using only the first half of the alphabet (a-l).  You may not use letters past l)

(Unjournaling, #86)

3/8/11

Describe a memorable place you have been

3/9/11

Here’s the last part of a newspaper story:

Neighbors called police when they noticed the pink gooey substance oozing form all the doors and windows of the modest ranch home.

Now write the first part of the story.  Remember 5W1H

 (Unjournaling, #21)

3/10/11

Write 10 food and people similes.  In other words, compare a person (real or imagined) to food.  Create a very clear image of the person.

          EX:  “Franco is as assertive as a piece of wilted lettuce”

                   “Marianna’s hair is a red as tomato soup”

(Unjournaling #84)

3/11/11

There is smoke.  Where is coming from?  You investigate and are surprised by what you find.  Describe what you discover.

(Unjournaling #33)

3/14/11

Write an “un-ad” that tells the absolute truth about a product

(Unjournaling #34)

 3/15/11

Write a letter to persuade your boss to give you a promotion

(Unjournaling #9, p. 9)

3/16

Describe someone who looks bored.  Don’t use any form of the words yawned, stared or sighed.

(Unjournaling, #12)

3/17

Create a much more interesting version of this sentence:

            The dog barked.

What kind of dog?  Where was it?  Why was it barking?  How would you describe the barking?  Make the sentence as interesting as possible by choosing your words and details carefully.

(Unjournaling #17)

3/18/11

In one paragraph, describe a scene from any sport.  Use these words somewhere in the paragraph:  bounced, struggled, spied, roared collapses, giggled.

(Unjournaling #11)

3/28/11

Transitions happen every day: from sleeping to waking, from school to home, from fall to winter.  Sixth grade is a big transition from elementary to middle school.  Write about a transition and what it means to you:  is it a good thing, would you rather go back, what happens next.

 

3/30/11

Whine                  Bellyache                      Complain

Moan                   Criticize

Create a conversation that uses some form of each of these words.

(Unjournaling #50)

4/1/11

Write about something you wish you had (superpowers, a house in the mountains, a brother, a dog)

Think of the fairy godmother in Cinderella.  Now create a fairy godmother for yourself.  What would she look like?  How would she act?  What does she offer you?  Explain how she helps you.  Describe her personality.

 (Unjournaling, #82)

 4/4/11

Write a list of your rules for something (surviving school, making a good dinner, being a good friend)

4/5/11

What is this picture?  Describe what you think it is and why.  Describe your reaction to it.

4/6/11

Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, but use no letters with dots (i, j).

Make sure to use the 3 elements of characterization (what does she look like, what does she act like, how do other people react to her)

(Unjournaling #1)

4/7/11

Describe an incident you wish you hadn’t done or is more embarrassing the more you think about it.

4/8/11

Austin’s mother sings too much. She sings while doing laundry.  She sings while making dinner.  She sings while driving to work.  Worst of all, she sings when she is driving Austin and his friends to their soccer games or to the mall. 

            Describe a typical car ride with Austin, his friends and his mother.  What is his mother singing?  How does she sound?  What is Austin doing?  What are his friends doing?  Create a picture of the scene, in words.

(Unjournaling, #89)

4/11/11

Pen a paragraph that is permeated with P’s.  In other words, write a paragraph that uses at least ten alliterative phrases that repeat the P sound.

            Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds.

                        Example:  Bob boiled beans with a brunch of broccoli and bits of bacon.

4/12/11

Write a poem for a room in our school (examples from Awakening the Heart, p. 24-25)

4/13/11

Write a color poem (example from Awakening the Heart, p. 14)

4/14/11

Write a food poem (example from Neighborhood Odes, p. 4)

4/18

No prompt:  missing assignments day

4/19

Write a list poem (ex:  One Art, What Bugs Me)

4/20

Write an apology, sport or emotion poem (examples from Immersed in Verse, p. 16-17)

4/21

Write a poem that starts, “If only I’d known”

 4/22

Write a poem in a form—couplets, haiku, sonnet, you choose

4/25

Describe a fairy tale setting.  Use at least 6 sentences and appeal to all 5 senses.

 4/26

Write an introductory paragraph to a story with this setting.

 4/27

Describe an evil king in a fantasy novel.  Use at least 6 sentences and 4 adjectives.

 4/29

Write a conversation between the evil king and his spy.  Each character must speak at least 5 times.

5/2/11

Write about something that happens in winter in the evil king’s kingdom.

5/3/11

Here’s a bit of a story, told in two and three-word sentences and phrases:

Bob cried. Elizabethlaughed.  Sarah wondered why.

She asked. Elizabethtold her, “Bob lost.”

“Lost what?”

“The best.”

“How much?”

“100 dollars.”

“Ouch.  He’s crying.  I see why.”

Tell another bit of a story, using only two and three-word sentences and phrases.

5/4/11

Take one StoryWorld card and write a brief story based on the picture, making sure to answer the questions on the card.

5/5/11

Add another paragraph to your StoryWorld card from yesterday

5/6/11

Free choice

5/9/11

Write about your first fight—with your parents, your siblings, your dog, at home, at school.  Use at least 5 adjectives, but don’t use the word “fight.”

5/10/11

A child finds an extraterrestrial in her backyard.  It’s not E.T.  Who is it?  What is it like?  What does the child do?  What happens?  Explain.

(Unjournaling #41)

5/11/11

Write about the 4th of July– good memories/wishes, a story or poem.

5/12/11

Write a paragraph that communicates “fear.”  Show, don’t tell.

5/13/11

Pick one of these subjects: 

cheerios, dishwashing liquid, a computer mouse, a clothes dryer, a bicycle tire

Write the subject at the top of the page.  Write absolutely everything you can think of about this subject.  Everything.  No matter how mundane or boring or stupid it sounds, write down everything you can think of.

(Unjournaling #52)

5/17/11

Write about your identity.  What makes you, you?  If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be and why?

5/18/11

Which year in your life defined who you are?  Why?  How?

5/19/11

Which of these values are most important to you?  Why?  Pick only one.

          Honesty               Love                     Wisdom               Freedom

          Loyalty                Self-control         Reliability            Patience

 5/20

Write a paragraph that starts with this sentence:

          The grass smells red.

(Unjournaling #73)

5/23

Write a paragraph about the seasons.  Your 1st sentence needs to start with W, the 2nd with S, 3rd with S and fourth with F.  You may add more sentences to make a complete paragraph.

          EXAMPLE:  When January starts, the year seems too long, too cold.  Suddenly, it is March and the trees turn green.  Sometimes, summer creeps up and the heat arrives in May.  Finally, August and school arrive and it seems the fun time of the year is oven and we will drag into winter.  However, Halloween breaks up the gloom and adds good, chocolatey fun.

5/24

Write a 5 sentence paragraph of five-letter words (not counting a, an or the).  Make the subject of your paragraph an animal.

(Unjournaling #69)

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