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Domino Writing Prompt

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

1. Think of an emotion you’d like to spend some time thinking and writing about. Write this emotion down.

2. Write down (at least) 5 times you felt this particular emotion in your life.

3. For the first line of this exercise, write an image for something you might observe occurring outside (in the streets, in a forest, etc.). It can be any random event, just try and use sensory details in describing it.

4. Next, write one image for EACH of the experiences you made note of above.

By WritersCorps teaching artist Annie Rovzar.

2015 dominos falling


The Word Deck

Friday, December 7th, 2012

1. Ask students to write down three words for each of the various categories that you create (for example: foreign places, textures, sounds, colors, and foods.)

2. Students choose their ten favorite words and write each word on a three-by-five-inch index card. Place the cards together in a word deck.

3. Pass out five cards to each student, and ask students to write a ten-line poem incorporating their five words.

From the WritersCorps publication “Jump Write In!”


If I Were an Animal

Friday, October 12th, 2012

1. Give students a handout you’ve prepared with these questions:

-What kind of animal are you?
-Where do you live?
-What do you dream about?
-What do you do?

2. Ask them to write a poem about this animal, using their answers to the handout questions.

From the WritersCorps publication “Jump Write In!”


Those Familiar Places

Monday, January 30th, 2012

1. Ask the students to call out any familiar places they feel strongly about (their bedroom, a favorite cafe, and so on).

2. Give each student an envelope that contains a portrait, photo, or drawing of a person.

3. Ask the students to write a short story that incorporates one of the settings they’ve called out with the person whose picture they’ve received.

This lesson is from the WritersCorps book “Jump Write In!”


Story Shuffle

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

1. Have students pair up.

2. Ask each student to write two one-page stories. The first story is about an early childhood memory, and the second is about a day on public transportation.

3. Ask the students to cut each story into separate lines and place the lines in one pile, then shuffle them.

4. Each person in the pair takes half of the pile, then pieces them together into a complete story.

This lesson is from the WritersCorps book “Jump Write In!”