Writing prompts


I am fourteen

and my skin is pale

the boy I live to see

every day has a smile

that brightens it

I don’t go to class

what if I don’t graduate

mom has a problem

with the school district.

I am fourteen

and I’ve danced forever

but parties are not my thing

I need an education

to get a job

suppose I don’t graduate

mom has a problem

with the school district.

I am fourteen

and how the battle affects me

its hard to explain

It’s done with my interests

in mind

But mom has a problem

with the school district.

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This photo shows a girl at a masquerade ball and she is looking around and she sees someone she thinks she knows. After watching for a little while she decides to take off the mask and get a closer look.

The picture is the captured moment of when she is taking off her mask.

What can be next?

What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could sit under this tree and chant a chant..

I could play under this tree and dance a dance…

I could be under this tree and sew some pants…

What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could see the world in a whole new way..

I would fall asleep, just so i could see it in another day……….

 

 

linked to Short Story Slam

Laying on that grass, looking at the sky, along comes a balloon way up high.

It was covered with dots, of all sorts of colors, flown by kids, probably brought by their mothers.

If you look to the left, maybe a yard or two, you’ll see a horse, along with its shoe.

Down on the ground families watch, a sparkle of awe in the children’s eyes.

The balloons take their journey, up in the sky, they float across the park, and every one waves good-bye.

They land gracefully, maybe with a thump.

These balloons will stay grounded until it is again, time to fly.

and reading this book, Ride Into Morning.

1.  Civil wars divide families.  How has it divided the families in this story?

Because she doesn’t believe like her family, they send Mary away to live with her brother. When she made him mad, he sent her away to live with her cousin and aunt.

2.  Abraham tells Mary that compromise is a necessary commodity, but not all the characters agree.  How do Mary, Tempe, and General Wayne feel about compromise?  How do you feel about it?  When should you compromise, and when should you stand firm?

Tempe likes compromise, and she uses it a lot. Mary doesn’t like it, and tries has hard as she can not to use it, when she does, she goes on like it doesn’t bother her. General Wayne I’m not so sure about. When its Wednesday and my dads shooting shows are on, but I want to watch tv, is when we compromise. When it’s not Wednesday and he takes the TV while I’m watching something is when I should stand firm.

3.  What does Mary mean when she says that everyone is part and parcel of the whole of their life experiences?  In what ways have your life experiences determined who you are now?

I think she means, that everybody have small bits and pieces of life experiences and mold you as you go.  My life experiences have made me more cautious of people.

4.  Mary tells Henry, “Sometimes it helps to air old ills in the sunlight.”  What does she mean?

Sometimes its good to bring up old problems and talk about them.

Mom says:  What happened that would make you cautious of people?  Maybe we should bring it out in the sunlight.


Mom says, let’s read Ann Rinaldi’s story based on the legend of Tempe Wick.

The Revolutionary War is raging. General Wayne’s soldiers are freezing, underpaid, and resentful. Whispers of mutiny abound.   A stone’s throw from the restless camp, Tempe Wick wages her own battle for survival. Despite her efforts, she fears she won’t be able to feed her family, care for her ailing mother, or maintain her farm for long.  As the whispers get louder, the soldiers get bolder. Mutiny is imminent. And Tempe faces a gut-wrenching decision: Should she join the revolt? (review by goodreads)

And answer these questions in a different color.  Entire sentences and correct spelling (does dribbling count in basketball?)

1.  Civil wars divide families.  How has it divided the families in this story?

2.  Abraham tells Mary that compromise is a necessary commodity, but not all the characters agree.  How do Mary, Tempe, and General Wayne feel about compromise?  How do you feel about it?  When should you compromise, and when should you stand firm?

3.  What does Mary mean when she says that everyone is part and parcel of the whole of their life experiences?  In what ways have your life experiences determined who you are now?

4.  Mary tells Henry, “Sometimes it helps to air old ills in the sunlight.”  What does she mean?

5.  Tempe believes that a persons”s motives do not matter as much as their actions.  Do you think one is more important than the other?  Why?

6.  In what ways might Henry’s living as a lunatic make his life easier?  Harder?

7.  Abraham advises Mary that “those closest to the problem cannot see the solution.”  Do you think this is true?  Who can you turn to when you have a problem?

8.  In his letter to Mary, Abraham says,”I choose to look at the past fondly and to the future with hope.”  Why might he choose to see things this way?  How should he handle his unhappy memories?

Cat, Dog, Bunny, and Camillian were all ordinary household pets. And all were owned by the same little boy, Tommy.  But one day Tommy’s family decided to go on a family road trip through Arizona.  There wasn’t quite enough room in the car, so all of the animals were put in a big kennel in the back.  Tommy’s dad wasn’t really paying attention when he was loading kennel, and one of the hooks to keep it closed came undone.  The back was so full, that the door wouldn’t close, so they had to tie it shut.  It was still open enough for a person, or let’s say an animal to fit through.  And so the trip began!

The road was bumpy so with every little jump the car did, more of the hooks on the kennel became undone until all of them were unhooked.  As they were leaving a pit stop, the jolt of the car starting again pushed Cat, Dog, and Bunny against the unclosed door, the result, them piling on top one of the other on the dirty ground.  Camillian, who is still left in the kennel, is always the one who doesn’t want to be left out, so he jump out and landed on top of the pile of his friends.  Tommy’s family drove, away not know that their pets were out of the car, and left them in the dust, (literally).

One other thing that had fallen out with them is a copy of the map Tommy’s family was using.  Every body was coughing as the dust cleared and looking in shock as their family drove away.  They stood up and Camillian stepped on the map.  Always being jumpy, he (obviously) jumped onto dogs back and screamed.  Cat grabbed the map and looked at it, intrigued by what it could be.  Bunny then took it out of Cats hand and said “I’ve seen one of these before, it’s what Tommy is following. It tells humans where to go or something like that.”  Everybody gathered around. “You see that dot? That must be where they are going!So that’s where we need to go. But….. how are we going to get there.” “Well by walking of course, or in your case hopping.”  Dog said. After him saying that the four friends headed down the road in search of their owners.

As they went on they bickered. Lets go this way, no let’s go that way.  They had  gone pretty far.. about half way across the map I would say when they came to a gas station. They took this time to look at the map again. Surely someone would notice four animals at a gas station. They were in the middle of a heated argument when Cat yelled at all of them to be quiet.  She pointed to a car with a trunk that was too full and a space barely big enough for a person to fit through.  They all cheered with joy and ran to it.  They filed in one by one, and went to their spots as if they were never gone.  An ya never know, maybe they will have more adventures, but hopefully not.

linked to Monday’s Child

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