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Journal Prompts

Use these ideas to help you get started writing.

It was an ordinary day, except for . . .

His world was upside down when he awoke.

Describe an imaginary country: its rivers, mountains, exports, customs, holidays, money, climate, history, and politics.

Describe a punishment you received. What was bad about it? What was good about it?

Explain the meaning of this saying: "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

I woke up, and could not remember my name or where I was. Then . . .

Our ship approached the beach. The Trojans were waiting for us . . .

Write a war poem:
(a) glorifying war
(b) condemning war
(c) using war as a metaphor for something else, or
(d) using something else as a metaphor for war.

He walked along the hidden path, making no noise . . .

Write a poem about the masks we wear

Compare yourself to ten different animals.

He knocked on the door. Behind the door, he heard . . .

Choose a random picture. Write the directions for a process that could result in that picture.

Write about a time when you messed up but learned something from it.

Explain to a Martian why he, she, or it should like your favorite music.

The explorer staggered out of the forest, screaming . . .

What is the thing you least want to remember about summer vacation, winter break, or spring break?

What is your strongest memory of fifth grade?

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