April 25, 2012
About Me Writing
autobiography, personal story, who am I, writing bio
Here are some ideas that might get you writing in your journal…
Who am I?
- How old are you?
- How tall are you and how much do you weigh?
- What is the color of your hair and eyes?
- Are you a good student? How do you know?
- What are you especially good at…Reading, Writing, Math, Music, Drawing, Sports…something else?
- What sports do you like to watch or play?
- What are your favorite hobbies?
- What are your favorite animals or pets?
- Do you have any brothers or sisters? Describe them.
- What is your place in the sibling birth order?
- What names or nick names do you go by?
- What kind of things do you like to do with your mother, your father, your grandparents?
- The most exciting thing you ever did…
- The most scary thing you ever did…
- If you could be a superhero, who would you want to be?
- Is there something that you did that you never thought you could do?
- What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?
- Or, that your friend did even after you told him not to?
- What are some of the things you are grateful for?
- Do you have a friend or family member who is far away? What do you miss about him or her?
- Have you ever had a friend and now he or she isn’t anymore? What happened?
February 28, 2012
albatross breeding, albatross poem, journal prompts, life cycles
Albatross are huge sea birds. One species comes to a certain spot, the Otago Peninsula, in New Zealand every three years to hatch and raise a baby. The white spots you see in the picture are Albatross chicks on the way to becoming the ten foot wingspan creatures their parents are. If one tip of an Albatross wing was on a gym floor the other tip would touch the basketball rim. A surprising fact is that between making babies, these birds never touch land for three years. It’s almost as if they were astronauts going on prolonged space travel or living in a space station. How would it feel to not touch earth for three years at a time? How about just being away from home for a long time? Have you ever done that? What was it like for you?
BTW Here’s a poem I wrote based on my visit to the Otago Peninsula where Albatross come to breed.
ten foot wings
into cliff jumper
to swoop and soar
bank and glide
on ocean wave updrafts
and around the globe
for years without time
till a pulsing need
draws them to land
to the spot they were bred
to breed in turn
to hover the endless deep
10 feet from wing tip to wing tip…big birds
Two babies waiting for food in their nests
Coming to land after 3 years at sea
February 24, 2012
Everybody dances in Ireland
Dancing, Family dancing, folk dancing, Ireland, journal prompts
In the village of Visdoonvarna everybody–mom’s, dads, grampa’s, gramma’s, kids and uncles all dance together as often as they can. It’s a lot like square dancing with lots of lively fiddle playing. Everyone knows all the steps. Have you ever square danced? Have you ever been to a party or a wedding where everyone dances, kids and grownups, too? Tell about this.
February 24, 2012
Ma! There's sheep in the road
animals in road, journal prompts, travel fun, travel surprises
Sometimes when you travel in other countries, like Ireland, you come across things you aren’t used to.
Ma, there’s a flock of sheep attacking us!
What can we do?
BEEP! BEEP! Way to go ma!
But…if you’re in Mexico and there’s a herd of bulls coming at you…
Don’t honk, Ma!
February 23, 2012
Clothes as Uniforms
brand identity, clothes as uniforms, clothes conformity, cross culture clothes, journal prompts
Some people wear uniforms for their jobs as nurses, policemen, soldiers or athletes. But sometimes we don’t think of the clothes we wear as a kind of uniform. Do you make sure to wear the same kind of shoes or pants or hair style that all of your friends wear? Clothes show what group we belong to or wish to belong to. In these pictures we see Guatemalan men wearing a style of pants that, except for the decorations, are very much like the baggy, below the knees shorts that many boys wear. Similar though they are to cargo shorts, could you picture wearing them in your neighborhood? The particular embroidered designs on the pants tell others in the region where these men come from. Is that similar to wearing a New Yankees or a Detroit Tigers baseball hat to let people know where you’re coming from?
February 19, 2012
The Four Seasons
describe seasons, favorite season, journal prompts, seasonal fun
Write what you like about each season of the year? What do you like to do during that time? Which season do you like best and why?