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Welcome to the Writing Into the Day Prompts Protopage! We have included writing prompts from the Chippewa River Writing Project (CRWP), Elementary, Middle School, and High School for you to use in grades K-16. Enjoy! "There's a lot of young writers out there. Someday you might be able to lend them a hand." - Caulder Willingham

CRWP Prompts

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Liz Brockman 6-22-09

Writing Territories

 

Click on the link above to access Liz Brokman's writing prompt about our different writing territories.

Lucia Elden 6-23-09

Blogging as a Genre

 

Click on the above link, and read through the examples of blogs.

Then follow the directions for the activity that follow. Enjoy!

Penny Lew 6-24-09

The Revenant- Billy Collins

 

Have the students read the poem above and respond to it through their writing in any way that makes sense to them.   

 

Bud Kanyo 6-30-09

Ultimate Act of Sportsmanship

 

Click the link above and read the article "Central Washington Offers the Ultimate act of Sportsmanship." After reading the article respond to it through your writing in whatever way makes sense to you.

Ashley Patton 6-25-09

Make a list of topics that you are unwilling/uncomforable writing about and explain why.   

Debbie Meister 6-29-09

10 Things you want to take with you if you're stranded on a Deserted Island.

Rita Maddox 7-6-09

What do you know about the teaching of grammar?

 

What do you want to know about the teaching of grammar?

 

(This was part of a KWL prior to Rita's teaching demo on grammar.)

Kathy Kurtze 7-1-09

In the book Inkspell we are introduced to two characters whose house is full of books; there are books on the stairs, piles in the hall, shelves and shelves of books in every room.  What place do books hold in your life?

Beth Nelson 7-2-09

http://aasl.ala.org/aaslstandindtf/images/e/e3/10_OrdealbyCheque-1.pdf

 

Click on the link above to open "Ordeal by Cheque" and circle five checks and write the dialogue between the people.

Shannon Powell 7-9-09

Open Writing 7-7-09

Sometimes it is helpful to leave the writing into the day open, and allow for personal writing time.

Lucia Elden 7-8-09

7-13-09

Rita Maddox 7-15-09

How can you continue to use writing into the day

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Make a list of ten things that people may or may not want to know about you.

Kathy Kurtze 7-14-09

Palmer Hayden- Christmas Picture  

 

Ele. Prompts

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Where is your favorite place to go? Is it Grandma's, Uncle Joe's, or your bedroom? Describe this place to me and explain why it is your favorite place to go.

What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?

What would happen if you could become invisible? What are some of the things that you would be able to do then that you cannot do now?

If you were a mouse in your house and it was evening, what would you see your family doing?

What are the four most important things to you? Why are they the most important?

How would you change the world to make it better?

How do you feel when you are lying in bed at night and the ligths are out?

How do you feel when your parents are upset at you? What are some of the reasons why they get upset with you?

What do you think about when you can't fall asleep at night?

What kind of trophy would you like to win?

What does "there are two sides to every coin" mean to you?

What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid of it?

Wheret would you prefer to be right now - a dessert, a beach, or a mountain - and why?

Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you be famous for?

Should cell phones be allowed in school? Why or why not?

Who is your favorite book character and why?

How would you describe your house to someone who has never visited it before?

Explain how to play your favorite game.

Midd. Prompts

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Disappointment

DISAPPOINTMENT As we grow, we are faced with many moments of disappointment in life. We know that disappointment can make us feel sad, but how might disappointment have a good side?

Dinner With History

DINNER WITH HISTORY Pretend that you are having dinner with a major historical figure. In a short story, write about your dinner and the dialogue that takes place. -Who is dining with you? What are they wearing? -Where are you eating? -What are you eating? -What do you talk about?

EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION? It has been said that television has little real educational value. What is your opinion on this issue?

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SCHOOL LUNCH Your school has announced that they will get rid of one of their main dishes that they serve on a regular basis, and they are looking for student input. Write a letter to the cafeteria staff persuading them to get rid of the food item of your choice. (Be sure you explain why!)

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Superpower Congratulations! You've just been given a superpower. However, with this comes the responsibility of others. What superpower have you been given? Why? How is this power going to help others?

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Responding to a Quote Choose one of the quotes to respond to: 1.) "The way to be nothing is to do nothing." -- Nathaniel Howe 2.) "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." -- Unknown 3.)"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards." -- Vernon Saunders Law What does the quote mean, in general? What does it mean to you? What does it make you think about? Or, write something that is inspired by this quote.

HS Prompts

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"The Bet" by Anton Chekhov

Before reading this story, discuss the concept of capital punishment.  Then, the restrictions of life imprisonment.  After the discussion(s), I recommend the following writing prompt:

So, here is our choice:  death by firing squad or life in prison.  For the firing squad, you will not be allowed a blindfold, and the people firing the guns will be your enemies.  ((That's right, you lose; they win.))  You will be shot by a 10 person firing squad.  Only 5 of the 10 shooters will fire live rounds, the other 5 will fire blanks.  You will be hit by 5 bullets "dead center mass".  If you do not die instantly from the gunfire, you will be left to bleed to death.  The other choice is life in prison.  This is not "hollywood" prison.  There is no television, work-out center, or Internet access.  You will be in your cell, with your cell mate, the majority of the day.  Your only source of entertainment is the few books available in the prison library.  No one is allowed to visit you.  You will eat prison food, wear prison fatigues, and sleep on prison sheets for the rest of your life.  There is no parole.  There will be the constant threat of death (or romance).  This presents a no-win situation.  Which avenue do you choose: firing squad or prison?  Why? 



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This riddle was rumored to have been started on the Paul Harvey radio show.  It's said that about 80% of kindergarten students get this riddle correct, while less than 20% of Harvard students do.  After reading the riddle, see if you get the answer (without cheating!) and then explain why the youngsters do better at this one than the ivy league crew. 

The poor have it.
The rich want it. 
It's greater than God.
More even than the Devil.
...And if you eat it, you'll die. 

 

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The world is about to end.  Humanity has 45 seconds until extinction.  You have the time to send out one text message, or make one phone call.  Who do you contact, what do you say, and why?  Would that person, in the same situation, have chosen you? 

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This following debate has become a hot topic in popular society.  At this time, there is not a "right or wrong" but only the persuading arguments.  It is now time for you to join this hotly contested debate.  In your most persuasive argument, explain your answer and rational for the following question: 

Pirates v Ninjas
:  Who would win? (...and why?)

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We spend a great deal of time figuring out how to break the ice and start a conversation.  However, what about when we need the current conversation thread to end?  Can you offer any effect conversation stoppers?  For example, your family is discussing your newest boy/girlfriend at dinner and you don't like the direction the conversation is going.  Instead of arguing throughout dinner you say, "So, did you guys here that Aunt Joan caught Grandma Mac smoking marijuana?"  (These can be true, but don't really have to be...  What are some of the more creative (and effect) conversation stoppers you can come up with? 

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Today is a creative writing exercise.  Begin this story anywhere you want, but you have to end it within our writing time (15 minutes today) with the following sentence:

...the dinosaurs melted like candy.