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Adjectives and Your Cereal Box

Adjectives and Your Cereal Box

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

Advertising is everywhere. TV commercials bombard you 18 minutes out of every hour, but they are not the only places companies try to sell their products. Think of billboards, huge pictures of food products stuck to restaurant windows, and even your lowly cereal box.

Yes, even after you’ve bought the cereal, you still get advertisements about it. Take a look at a cereal box and notice all the adjectives there to describe the cereal and tell you how great it is. Here’s a sentence from my Cinnamon Life® cereal:

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Halloween: For or Against?


MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

HalloweenOkay, so we’re close to Halloween.

For some Christians, Halloween can be a controversial event.

Some families celebrate it as a harmless and fun day to dress up and collect candy. Others view it as having satanic or questionable roots and do not celebrate it.

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In-text Citations for Middle School Students

In-text Citations for Middle School Students

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

You want to avoid plagiarism in your writing.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s quotation, facts, statement, idea, or story without giving them credit.

So, how do you let your readers know that you borrowed the quotation, fact, and so on?

You cite your source by using an in-text citation. This simply means you are giving credit to someone for their information.

An in-text citation comes in tremendously handy when you are writing an essay that does not include footnotes, a bibliography, or a works cited page.

This is a tutorial on how to easily create in-text citations. Robin Hood may be involved.

Here we go . . .

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Create a New Park Middle School Writing Prompt

Create a New Park Middle School Writing Prompt

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

dark sky parkI recently visited The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park west of Mackinaw City, Michigan, on the shore of Lake Michigan.

A dark sky park is an area set aside for night-sky viewing and is away from man-made lighting so that the night sky is clear. You can see so many more stars and night-sky features without artificial lighting nearby.

Although there are beautiful hiking trails in the woods for use in the daytime in The Headlands, its main feature is the large, open space created for night-time viewing.

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The Hamburger Menu


MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

hamburgerMcDonald’s Big Mac. Burger King’s Whopper. Hardee’s Thickburger. Rally’s and Checker’s Big Buford.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Let’s celebrate hamburgers and cheeseburgers with a menu of writing prompt choices.

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Put Your Message on a T-Shirt


MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

t-shirt imageYou’ve seen your fair share of messages on t-shirts, and you’ve probably worn a few t-shirts with writing on them.

Sports teams, music groups, camps, and even hospitals put their messages or advertisements on t-shirts.

They are like wearable billboards, and everyone reads them as you walk by. What message do you want to tell people?

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Advertising Jingles


MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

advertising jinglesAllan G. Odell saved his company from ruin and made it quite popular.

How did he do it?

In the 1920s, a new shaving product was born called Burma-Shave. It was different from other shaving creams because, now, men didn’t have to lather up some cream or soap with a brush and apply it to their faces for a shave. They simply used this new cream that came in a tube. But the product did not catch on. The company was in trouble.

Then along came Allan Odell with a brilliant marketing scheme.

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