Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored – what is it that speaks to you?
Select a news or magazine article, editorial, blog, or letter to the editor in which a writer’s solution to a problem is morally or ethically unacceptable to you. Write an essay in which you argue against the writer’s position and offer a more reasonable and acceptable alternative approach or solution to the problem.
(Hint: try a parody in the style of Jonathan Swift)
Share a lesson you wish you had learned earlier in life.
Do you have a favourite quote that you return to again and again? If so, what is it, and why does it move you?
Are you a good neighbour? Why or why not?
Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?
What’s the oldest thing you own?
View at least two movies that focus on World War II. List three specific events that deal with survival in a war setting. What survival strategies do these movie characters use? Are there any lessons to be learned from these movies.
Alternatively, view the movie Jaws. How does this movie deal with survival. What other movies have you enjoyed that also deal with the theme of survival?
How many times have you been in love?
Floating Lanterns XII
On August sixth every year
the seven rivers of Hiroshima
are filled with lanterns
Painted with the names of the
fathers, mothers, and sisters
they float on their way to the sea
Almost there, pushed back
flame snuffed out
Darkly coming back in pieces
Tossed by ocean waves
That time, years past
these same rivers were filled
With the corpses of those
fathers, mothers, and sisters
— Poem by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki
Translated by Nancy Hunter and Yasuo Ishikawa
Research the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by answering these questions:
- What led to the decision to drop the atomic bombs?
- What was the strategic objective of these actions?
- What judgements have historians made about these events?
- What other questions do you have about Hiroshima or Nagasaki?
Find descriptions, photos, or videos clips of the aftermath of the bombings. Using the information you have researched, write your own poem about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Fiction writers: You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger. Write this scene. Non-fiction writers: You’re stuck in an elevator with a person from your past. Write this scene.
When faced with confrontation, do you head for the hills or walk straight in? Was there ever a time you wished you?d had the opposite reaction?
Describe your idea of a surreal experience.
Sometimes, achieving a goal we have longed for does not make us feel as happy as we expected. Why do you think this is so? Share your ideas.
What form of exercise do you enjoy the most?
Create a radio diary.
Anyone can make a radio diary. Try your hand at making radio. Whether you’re interviewing a neighbor, or a grandparent, or someone you’ve never met, a microphone is a passport into their lives. If you or someone in your community has a story to tell, get a microphone, a recorder, a pair of headphones, and get started.
The Teen Reporter Handbook has been used in schools across the United States, as well as in Russia, Israel, South Africa, and even in a journalism training program in Southern Afghanistan.
When are you most productive?
What’s it like before the big game? Describe how you, the team, the coach behave before the big game. Describe the sounds, the feelings, the action, the talk.
What’s the most money you’ve ever spent on a meal? Was it worth it?
What is your worst quality as a human? Describe it in detail, and why you think it’s bad.
Do you think money can buy happiness?
Write about an environmental disaster that you have either witnessed or heard about recently in the news.
First jot down notes on a blank page under three headings: “Land,” “Air,” and “Water.” Now draw on these notes to classify, in an essay, the effects of the disaster in each of your three categories. Do not withhold frightening or gross information, for it will show the reader the importance of your subject. In your second draft add more sense images and sharpen your transitions. Read your final draft aloud to someone keeping enough eye contact to judge which passages have the strongest effect.
Narrate the events surrounding your involvement in a group in which you are a member.
What are people surprised to learn about you?
What’s the most enjoyable hour of your typical weekday?
Describe in great detail the room that you slept in when you were ten years old. What was the light like? What were the furnishings? Leave out no detail!
List your top five strengths.
What section of the news do you read first?
Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)
Name a discontinued product that you wish you could still buy.
Create a poster that celebrates individual differences.
Write about the most precious thing you’ve ever lost.
Reflect on a moment when you received some unexpected news and thought, “This news will change my life?” As you think back, to what extent did it change your life?
Write an essay in which you apply Plato’s allegory of the cave to a contemporary social situation or problem using either a subject-by-subject or part-by-part approach for your comparison. Consider in what ways this comparison clarifies the situation or problem, and suggest what conclusions may be drawn from your comparison.
Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?
You’re writing a spooky story about the sea. What’s in the deep end?
True happiness is “innocence without heartbreak.”
Use the phrase in a piece of personal writing, a story, memoir, or poem.
Today’s prompt is all about trios, triptychs, and other things that come in three parts.
Ready to roll? All you need to do is…
- Write a new post on your iBlog in response to the prompt.
Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Three? We’re here to help:
- Write about the three objects, books, songs, people, or places that best tell the story of the past year in your life.
- Share a photo that makes great use of the rule of thirds. (Or, as an alternative, go for an image that showcases three subjects, whether they’re human, inanimate, or something else.)
- Haiku famously call for three verses. Write a few (maybe… three?) about something you saw on your last walk.
- Publish a short story or a piece of memoir composed of three sections or vignettes.
- Think about where you were — geographically, mentally, academically, or any other way — three years ago. What’s the biggest change you’ve gone through during that period?
Share the three biggest responsibilities you’ve ever been made accountable for.
You have three hundred words to justify the deletion from time, space and memory a person, place or thing. Failure to convince will result in it being infinitely cloned and paraded on a billboard in front of your home forevermore.
When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?
The psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that dreams often express our most hidden desires and fears – parts of ourselves that we do not want to or are too afraid to acknowledge when we are awake. He claimed that these neglected, or repressed, aspects of our personality often manifest themselves in dreams in the form of a relentless pursuer.
How does this theory apply to a protagonist from a text you have studied?
Name a movie that has a great soundtrack.
Masks have been worn in many different cultures over the centuries. No matter what culture or time period it is from, the visual impact of a mask is often dramatic. Even though you might know very little about the cultural or historical significance of a mask, you can still understand a great deal about it by considering its effect on you.
- Brainstorm a list of masks that people wear. Consider masks worn to protect as well as masks worn to disguise. How do you feel when you encounter someone wearing a mask? Does your reaction depend on the situation? Explain your response.
- Brainstorm a list of movies, songs, plays, short stories, comics, and television programs featuring characters that wear masks. Why do the characters wear masks? How does the mask affect your perception of the character?
- Write about your own experience wearing masks. On what occasions have you worn masks? Did wearing a mask affect your actions and feelings?
Imagine you are sitting on a very crowded public city bus. The large and aggressive-seeming person next to you keeps demanding in an obnoxious was that you move over to make more room, You can’t move over and there is nowhere else to sit or stand in the bus. Write the dialogue that might take place in those circumstances.
Have you ever lied about your age? Why?
Name the top 3 most important things you want to accomplish this year.
What companies provide the best customer service? The worst?
In your opinion, is it possible for one person to devote himself or herself totally to another person?
Describe an occasion when something terrible happened to someone close to you (a family member or a friend), but you have been too wrapped up in your own problems to think about that person’s troubles. What was your first reaction to the other person’s bad news? How did you behave toward him or her? In the future, would you try to deal with similar situations any differently? If so, how?
Describe a great boss you’ve worked with.
Who brings out the best in you?
It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
Describe the most frightening experience you ever had. What was the cause of your fear?
What’s the one habit you’d change about yourself, if you could simply flick a switch and have it happen?
“The world is a glass dictionary,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. What does he mean by that remark? Is he right? Or do you think the world is an opaque dictionary? Take a position, and support your views with examples drawn from your experience.
Write a passage in the style of a romance novel.
Fiction or nonfiction?
Do you think that Canada has any obligation to help underfed and undernourished people in other countries? Take a position and defend it in an essay.
The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).