Life is about making decisions, and you’ve got some large ones in your future.
Big ones include your future education or training: Should you pursue a college or technical degree. If you do, which one? Will you make the best choice? Will you change your mind several times?
What about marriage? Starting a family? Will that be in your future? Will you travel?
I’m sure you’ve heard your parents say, “If I knew then what I know now!” and understood them to mean that they wished they had some of their current wisdom to help them make decisions when they were younger.
What if, instead of looking backwards, we encouraged our future selves? You may not have all the wisdom you’d like to have now to inform yourself twenty years from now, but you know you better than anyone.
All this month we’re celebrating National Poetry Month with famous poems worth knowing. Be sure to check out the many links at the end of this post for more poetry appreciation and practice!
What is today’s poem? Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees.” Here are the first two lines:
I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree
We like to think we’re fairly intelligent today, but did you know that the ancient Greeks and Romans harnessed the power of steam and wind 2,000 years ago?
Your students will enjoy these three prompts based on history and technology as they contemplate Hero of Alexandria, an ancient Thomas Edison, and how his inventions might have changed the world.
Random fact: Did you know that Hero invented the first vending machine? Patrons put in a coin and received holy water from his machine!
This week we’ve included plenty of links so your students can dig more deeply into these topics, if they wish.
Geared for middle – high school students.
Looking for basketball-related writing prompts? Whether your students are sports enthusiasts or not, you’ve come to the right place!
Have you ever seen tournament brackets like the one in #1? Free printable included!
Fun for students in 5th – 12th grade. Dig in!
Do you wish you could communicate better with the special people in your life? Sometimes it’s hard to talk or to come up with something brilliant to say. Other times you may have trouble connecting with family members.
At this time of year, you may be wondering what to give that special family member or friend, but did you know that once in a while, they don’t want a new item. What they really would value is something personal from you.
Use these prompts to jot down your thoughts and ideas and then share them with others. This is your gift to them: you!
Each prompt comes with a free, colorful page you can print out and write on. Collect them all and begin a journal, if you wish. If you plan to give them as gifts, you can give certain pages as presents or gather all the pages into one gift.
These prompts are suitable for people in grades 5 – 12.
Ready? Let’s do this . . .
Do you ever wonder why some ads and political campaigns are so powerful? There’s a reason for that: They use certain strategies to move their viewers.
It’s important to learn these strategies so you can see when they are being used on you!
In this tutorial, you’ll learn three powerful tactics, read examples, and then write your own ad for a product or a politician.
This tutorial is geared for students in 7th – 12th grade.
Ready? Let’s do this . . .
To say that the Protestant Reformation had a great effect on the world is a vast understatement. Kings, kingdoms, and even everyday people felt the sting—and the freedom—this new movement brought.
Your students will be writing opinions, stories, and more while exploring some of the issues and topics associated with the Reformation.
If you’d like your students to learn more about Martin Luther in an interesting biography, check out When Lightning Struck by Danika Cooley of Thinking Kids Press.
These prompts are appropriate for students in 5th – 12th grade.
Let’s dig in . . .
Compare and Contrast: 2 Solid Methods
Have your students ever been asked to write a compare-and-contrast paragraph or essay but don’t know where to begin? Do they have trouble organizing their thoughts and information before comparing and contrasting?
Your 5th – 12th graders will learn two solid methods for compare-and-contrast writing with this free tutorial. It’s packed with two separate exercises, one for each method, and contains complete instructions and colorful worksheets. Your students will learn how to organize their thoughts before writing with either method, and then they’ll write two paragraphs using each method.
Students already know how to compare and contrast in real life: They do it every time they want to buy something and are torn between two choices. They go through the process mentally, and it’s likely automatic and subconscious.
HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS
Have you ever swum (swum? That’s a word?) a mile?
How about two or three miles?
Diana Nyad, 64, made the more-than-100-mile trip from Cuba to Florida—by swimming the whole way!
Hallucinating from exhaustion and hypothermia, stung by a jellyfish, her throat closing up from the sea’s salt water, she kept on swimming for 53 hours. This was not her first try. It was her fifth, and you can watch an inspiring interview with her on npr.org. [Parents, you may want to check out the 15-minute video.]
HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS
Do you know how much we owe to William Tyndale?
He knew he could be killed for what he was doing, but he did it anyway.
Tyndale translated the Bible in the 1500s from Latin into the people’s English so they could understand it, and it cost him his life.