August

What was the best thing about your summer? Any milestones?  Favorite activities? A great trip?? Write about it and include lots of sensory details!

What were your milestones this summer? Did you learn a new skill? Perfect an old one? Go to camp and learn something amazing about yourself?

Goals-What are you most excited about with the new school year? What is your favorite subject? What are you going to do better this year?

What are your goals for this school year?  What are some goals for your life? Where do you want to be next year at this time? In ten years?

September

What was your favorite happening (big or little) this past weekend? Or, celebrating Labor Day, what type of work do you enjoy? What “labor of love” has someone done for you?

Patriot’s Day (9/11) makes us reflect on heroes and heroism. Who are your heroes? What qualities make them heroic?

Speaking of heroes… create your own super-hero . What special powers would this super-hero possess? How would he or she use those powers? What would his or her name be?

Write about the seasons as we begin to feel a hint of autumn in the air!

Well it’s official… Summer is over. What are sensory details? (sights, sounds, smells, tastes) of autumn? How is it different from the other seasons? Which season is your favorite?

We enjoy many freedoms in our country, thanks to our veterans. Write a thank you note to a veteran, either someone you know or imagine.

October

Write about your passions. What is something you love to do? Why is it important to you?

If you could travel anywhere or to any time in history, where would you go? what time period would visit?

Design your own animal. Describe what your animal looks like. What sound does it make? What does it eat? Is it prey or predator?

“Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger,” is a proverb. What does that mean to you? Write about a time when you embraced that proverb. What happened?

“A friend loves at all times….” is another proverb. Write about a time when you were a loving friend. What happened?

If you could meet one person in history, who would it be? What would you ask them? What would you say to them?

Write about a Halloween memory.

November

Write about something or someone you are thankful for.

Write a thank you note to a veteran.

Write about a Thanksgiving memory. Include lots of sensory details – sights, smells, tastes.

Write about the favorite gift you ever received. Describe the circumstances. Why is this gift so special?

Write your thoughts about the Pearl Harbor bombing. Was 9/11 the Pearl Harbor of your generation? Explain.

December  

Write about the snow. What are your favorite snow activities? Use lots of sensory details! And, enjoy your break and the snow!

Write about your New Year’s Resolutions or a Memorable Moment from Christmas Break. Be specific and include lots of sensory details if you write about an autobiographical incident. If you write about your resolutions, have Mom or Dad save it and mail it to you in a few months to see how you’re doing.

Write about a time a cause was worth fighting for. How do you decide when something is worth the risk? Or, write about a time you stood up for someone. What happened? Add dialogue (characters talking) for interest. Ask your teacher how to punctuate dialogue.

As we prepare to inaugurate our President, what are your thoughts and opinions of the election? the process? the U.S. government? Discuss your ideas with your parents.

Have you seen any good movies lately? Choose one and write a review of it. Design a rating system (Four stars? 1-10?) Remember, don’t give away too much.

You probably enjoyed many delicious dishes at your Thanksgiving celebration. Explain how to prepare one of them. Unsure? Ask your parent or explain how to set the table, step by step.

January

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Or, did you keep any from last year? What are your hopes, dreams, and goals for next year? Put them in writing! WELCOME to the new year!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you kept them or broken them already? How will you keep yours? Did you make them last year? Did you keep those? Ask Mom or Dad to seal them up in an envelope, address it to yourself and ask them to mail it to you when you need a reminder.

February

Do a little research on Groundhog Day… google it! How did it start? What does it mean?

It’s all relative: write about a favorite (or interesting) relative. Use specific details… what do they look like? What is something they always say?

Which member of your family would make a good character for a book? Explain your choice or write a plot synopsis (look up synopsis in the dictionary) of the book.

With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Presidential campaigns in full swing, we think and hear a lot about how people are going to change the world. If YOU were the President of the United States, what would you do? What do you think needs to be done?

Think about people in history. If you could have 5 minutes to speak with one person from any period in history, who would it be? What would you talk about?

Write a list of five people you admire. Explain why you admire each one of them. Select one and relate an anecdote that illustrates why they are admirable.

Wasn’t the Super Bowl a great game?  Write about a time when you were part of a great game (or… make it up, AKA fiction).

Finish the statement: Love is….Write about an example of true love What does love mean to you?

Who was your favorite President of the U.S.? Explain why. Feel free to use a quote from that U.S. President that shows why he is so great.

Have you had anything special happen on a Leap Year? What happened? Write about it.

March

You’ve heard the expression, “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Has that happened this year? What do you think that expression means? Do you enjoy hot weather or cold weather more? What activities do you like to do during your favorite type of weather?

If (or should we say, when?)you were a famous author, what types of books would you write? What age readers would you write for? Write a short outline for your first book.

Happy Spring Break! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The cliché goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Describe the time you laughed the hardest. What was so funny? Were you laughing at someone else’s expense? Add dialogue to make your writing more interesting.

If you could predict the future, what would you want to know? How could you use your knowledge to help humanity?

If you could eliminate either crime or pollution, which would you choose and why?

What do you like about your town? What would you like to change about it? How could you do it?

Who is your favorite cartoon character? Why?

What do you think is the worst problem the world faces today? Why? What should people be doing to solve this problem? Or, younger kids, what is a problem you struggle with? What could you do to solve this problem?

What cheers you up when you are grumpy? Write about a time you were grumpy. How did you handle it? What happened?