Get creative with some of the following activities...
Write a poem using only the letters in the title of the poem. Here are some examples:
This one's a little morbid...write a humorous obituary of a well known character. Here's an example and a few guidelines:
Describe the members of your family using as many words as they are old. For example, you would describe your 8 year old sibling in 8 words. Here are some of my family memebers:
Fiona (daughter - age 5) - Caring, determined, splash of sassy.
Greyson (son - age 10) - This kid marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Jesse (dad - age 70) - There is only one Jesse. Bronx raised, stories like you wouldn't believe. He’s usually running in five different directions; everything needs to be done yesterday. He can drive you crazy with his idiosyncrasies, but you have to love the guy, because his heart is always in the right place. Jesse is seventy years YOUNG. He's still a baller, playing basketball every weekend, racking up gold medals in the Senior Olympics.
Write an ABC story. Each line of your story must start with the next letter of the alphabet. Here is an example, written by a former student:
Thank You or Greeting/Holiday Card
Think about someone in our community who could use a 'thank you' or some cheer. Think about veterans, soldiers, elders, etc. See Skye for guidelines on writing thank you notes. Then create a colorful handmade card.
Create Your Own Mad Libs
Write a short story and then delete key words, replace them with a line and the part of speech.
Ex: I love going to the beach in the summer. When I'm there, I swim and sunbathe.
Mad Lib: I love going to the (noun - a place)____________________ in the summer. When I'm there, I (verb)_____________________ and (verb)_____________________.
Submit a "View Now, Do Now"
The Jacob Burns Film Center website provides hundreds of pictures, with writing exercises to accompany them. Go to the website below, and then click on the images to find something fun to do!