Archive for the 'Prompts' Category

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!”


The Border

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This exercise also is appropriate for a classroom in which most students have come from elsewhere.

1. Ask students to draw up two lists. The first list is a series of words indicating things they left behind in their countries (or cities or states) of origin (for example, people, things, places, and animals). The second list is a series of words indicating what they have found in this country.

2. Ask students to think about the “borders” that separate these two places: the actual borders, rivers, resources necessary to pay for airfare, history, choices, and so on.

3. Ask them to write a poem that incorporates as many words as possible from both lists.

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