About Me Writing

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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?


Write about…


  • 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?

Albatross Nursery

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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.

Endless Deep

 Albatross lock

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


like us

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

Everybody dances in Ireland

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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.

Ma! There’s sheep in the road!

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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!

Playing Ball in High Places

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Could you imagine living in a castle like this that hangs on the edge of a tall mountain? How could you ever play soccer or basketball or any kind of ball? Once the ball went over the edge it would bounce all the way down to the sea below. In the other picture we see how a mountain town, built right next to a lake, solved the problem. They put a net, like a batting cage, over a combination basketball court and soccer field. Do you live where it’s hard to find space to kick or throw a ball without losing it? How and where do you practice dribbling, kicking, hitting and passing?

Clothes as Uniforms

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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?

The Four Seasons

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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?

Train Travel

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In some parts of the world more people travel by train than by cars. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking trains instead of cars? Which would you prefer and why?

Historical Dress Up

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Some people like to pretend they lived in another time in history. They wear costumes and have mock battles. Does this sound like fun to you? What time in history would you like to have lived in? These pictures were taken in Verona, Italy where the story of Romeo and Juliet is set.

Different Folks

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Some people choose to live very differently from the rest of us. In some communities of Amish and Mennonites people wear very distinctive clothes, do not use electricity or have telephones or TV. They use horses and carriages instead of cars. What do you think of people who don’t look and behave the same as the people who live around you? Is it okay for groups of people to be different? Or should we all be the same?

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