Journal Prompts . 10 honors. Respond to the following quote in at least 8 sentences. “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” – Frederick Douglass, former slave Response options: Agree/Disagree, reflect, connect, etc. . Journal #1.
“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” – Frederick Douglass, former slave
Response options: Agree/Disagree, reflect, connect, etc.Journal #1
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”- Charles Dudley Warner
Write about having the ability to do something about the weather and doing it.
(Write the quote only + your response)Journal #2
Today in 1907, teenagers Jim Casey and Claude Ryan started a local delivery service in Seattle. It later became the United Parcel Service (UPS).
Prompt: If you had special powers to deliver something to everyone or a select number of people, what would it be and who would you select? (Copy prompt & then respond)Journal #3
“The Soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.” –Native American proverb
(Copy quote & respond)Journal #4
Use this word pool: hemisphere, parole, imprint, handlebar, bunk bed, expressive, hostess, shimmy, clock, protect, subterranean, escape, triumph, crinkle, slide, aroma, billowing, kite, tinker, exaggerate, pie, never-never-land, gift, impish, turtle, peanut butter
(You may use any or all of the words)Journal #5
“It is no good casting out devils. They belong to us, we must accept them and be at peace with them.” –D.H. LawrenceJournal #7
Happy Birthday to Agatha Christie, famous crime fiction writer (she wrote 66 detective novels!)
Take a recent event and rewrite it in a detective genre. Add fictional characters and be creative Journal #8
When you are feeling unfocused, one way to calm and focus the mind is to trace around your hand.
Do this and then fill it up with thoughts, quotes, ideas, worries, or plans. You can do the same with a circle or heart shape if you wish.Journal #9
Tell old friends or lovers what you’d like them to know now that you are older, wiser, or dumber.
Tell family members or friends something you never told them before.
Tell a younger or older version of yourself something you want him or her to know.
Write to a memory or to a goal.Journal #10
Barbara said, “ To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.” (copy this)
Write a list or discuss at length times when you felt valued. Bring the feeling of being valued into the present moment.Journal #11
Today in 1959, The Twilight Zone premiered on TV. The show started with the words “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man…”
Write about meeting up with farm animals driving cars with names in the Twilight Zone OR
Finish this sentence: “When I opened my dryer I noticed another dimension…”Journal #13
October 5th was World Smile Day. Write about how we should celebrate World Smile Day. What food should be served? What ritual happens on this day? What kind of parade is there?Journal #14
“Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.”- Billie Burke
Happy Moldy Cheese Day!
Write an ode to moldy cheese, or write from the perspective of a hunk of cheese…Journal #15
Today is the birthday of Bela Lugosi, best known for his role as Count Dracula.
Write about meeting Count Dracula on the internet or write about going to Dracula’s castle…Journal #18
All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say ‘no’ and said ‘yes’.- Moss Hart, playwrightJournal #19
Today is the birthday of John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich (creator of the sandwich)
Write an ode to your favorite sandwich or from the point of view of your sandwich.Journal #22
If you could invent your own kid’s show, who would the characters be: names, personalities, obsessions, colors, favorite foods?Journal #24
December 1 is the date Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama (1955).
Write about what you would do if you had the will of Rosa Parks.Journal #27
“I went to a restaurant that serves ‘Breakfast at Any Time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”- Steven Wright
Write about having breakfast at a different time in history.Journal #28
December 7-8 is Cowboy Christmas in Wickenberg, Arizona; a gathering of cowboy poets and singers who celebrate ranch life and traditional cowboy life in verse and song.
Write about what it would be like to participate in Cowboy Christmas or write a poem to bring to Cowboy Christmas.Journal #29
December 13th is Ice Cream and Violins Day. Write about ice cream memories, thoughts, or feelings.Journal #30
George Washington Carver said, “If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.”
Make a list of things you love. Pick one and have it or them write you a letter.Journal #31
Today is the birthday of John Singer Sargent, famous painter. Respond to this painting or write a story about it.Journal #33
Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Start your journal with “I have a dream…” and write about your dreams.Journal #34
David Lynch said, “I like darkness and confusion, and absurdity, but I like to know that there could be a little door that you could go out into a safe life area of happiness.”
Write as if this door existed. What would it look like? What does it feel like to go through this door? Draw the door if you wish.Journal #35
On February 5, 1981, the largest Jell-O was made in Australia (9,246 gallons!)
Write an ode, haiku, poem or song about Jell-O. Feel free to get up and do some Jell-O movements.
Word Pool: merely, window, circle, suffer, Jell-O, heckle, brighten, notorious, mailman, wave, happenstance, belly, dangerousJournal #38
Write about the fire extinguisher as a metaphor. What fires need to be put out in your life?Journal #39
Happy Birthday to Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781, the inventor of the stethoscope.
Using your imagination, make a list of other things the stethoscope can detect about a person. Write a story, poem, or song about them.Journal #40
Drew Barrymore said, “I want to kick down the walls and explore this life!”
Use this to begin a piece of writing or use the quote to inspire a drawing or a doodle of what is on the other side of the walls…Journal #42
Victor Hugo said, “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
Apply this metaphor to your life. What is the frail branch that is bending? What is the activity you continue to do?Journal #43
Pick a subject and write about it in the style of Dr. Seuss. Some ideas for topics: a recent event, green pasta and ham, thoughts about school…
Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”Journal #44
In honor of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, divide your paper into four sections and fill each “season” with a doodle, drawing, thought, quote, or feeling. Or fill each section with what you want to happen in each of those seasons.Journal #45
Happy Birthday to Vincent Van Gogh, 1853. Respond to Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night.Journal #52
Happy Birthday to Eudora Welty, award-winning author and photographer.
Use this line from Welty:
“I had the window seat…”Journal #54