Dear students and readers,
During the next four weeks, I invite you to go on a writing journey with me. Every day, I will post a certain writing prompt (some of them are taken from this website). You are invited to respond in whatever way you see fit.
The themes for the four weeks are 1) childhood and growing up, 2) reactions, 3) identity and 4) family. Your answers can be long or short, in English or not, and 99% true or grammatically correct. Please collect them in your writing journals.
My wish for you on this journey is that you are gentle with yourself and the words that come up as your respond!
When we see each other after winter break, I will ask you about your experience as thinkers and writers. You may want to share certain responses, you may not—that’s on you to decide!
Until then, happy writing!
Tu: What is your favorite childhood toy and why?
We: Make a list of words that describe you as a child. Make another list of words that describe you now. How are the lists the same? How are they different?
Th: Describe the most difficult thing about being your age.
Fr: Name one thing you like about yourself. Explain why you like it.
Sa: If you were named principal of the school for a week, what would you do or change?
Su: Were you ever accused of something you didn’t do? What was that experience like?
Mo: Did you ever forget something really important? What was it and what did you do?
Tu: Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to? What would you like to ask?
We: If you could go back in time and live in another era, which one would it be? Why?
Th: Have you ever waited for something to happen/someone to arrive? What was the situation like?
Fr: If you could go somewhere you have never gone before, where would it be? And why?
Sa: What do you think: why do people lie?
Su: What is one goal you want to accomplish next year? How will you go about accomplishing it?
Mo: Write about a time you intended to help and only made it worse.
Tu: Write about a time you gave someone good advice.
We: What is your definition of freedom?
Th: Be a grape that becomes a raisin. Describe what it feels like to shrink an shrivel and become dry and wrinkled.
Fr: Be an icicle or ice cube that becomes water. What does it feel like to become fluid?
Sa: What would you do if you woke up one morning to found yourself invisible?
Su: What would you pack in your suitcase if you could not go home again?
Mo: If you could give someone in your family or friend group one gift, regardless of the cost, what would it be and why?
Tu: Write a short biography of your father OR your mother.
We: Write about two things that your family has taught you.
Th: How do you know someone loves you, even if they do not say it?