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9 th grade writing journals

9th grade writing journals

Why do we write? To document thought

beauty or brains
Beauty or Brains?

“Beauty is only skin deep,” the cliché claims. If you had to choose between beauty and brains, which would you pick? Which do you think would get you further in life? Which do you think would make you happier?


partly cloudy
Partly Cloudy

How many words relating to weather can you think of? List as many words as possible in alphabetical order, before the timer goes off. Try to think of one word for every letter.


texting and driving
Texting and Driving

In PA, it’s illegal to send texts while you’re driving. Imagine the state made a law that it was illegal to text someone else if you know they’re driving. Do you think that would be a fair law? Would you follow it? Why or why not?


personal personification
Personal Personification

Personification is a literary device that gives a non-living object the characteristics of a living thing. For example, a writer might say that the wind sighs, the rain laughs, and the leaves whisper. The poet Carl Sandburg wrote a poem called “Fog” that begins with personfication:

“The fog comes on little cat feet”.

Write a second line, rhymed or unrhymed, to follow Sandburg’s line. For example…

The fog comes on little cat feet

And creeps silently past my bedroom window


What does it take to be a survivor? In a test of survival, what traits or qualities allow someone to succeed? What kind of situations would you need to use those skills in? Do you think you are a survivor?

6 word story
6 Word Story

The famous writer Ernest Hemmingway once supposedly wrote a story with only 6 words to win a bet. (For sale: baby shoes, never worn) It had to have emotion, and a beginning, middle and end. Whether or not the story’s true, it’s inspired other writers to try the same. Here are some examples from other writers:

-Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?

-Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time

-It’s behind you! Hurry before it

-K.I.A. Baghdad, Aged 18 - Closed Casket

-Two wives, one funeral, no tears

Now, write your own 6 word story!

compare and contrast characters
Compare and Contrast Characters

Each word or phrase is a character trait. Write R if it describes Rainsford, Z if it describes Zaroff, and B if it describes both characters.

  • honorable
  • clever
  • experienced hunter
  • cruel
  • arrogant
  • moral
hidden similarities
Hidden Similarities

Sometimes things that are not alike really do have something in common if you look hard enough. You have to challenge yourself and think outside the box, there is no one right answer.

  • How is a jar of peanut butter like a train?
  • How is a kitten like a truck?
  • How is a baby like a fork?
  • How is a football like spinach?
the woman and the bandit
The Woman and the Bandit

In your journal, number 1-6 and make sure you have a few lines below.

When the bell rings I’m going to tell you a short story about a woman, her husband, a bandit, a ferry captain, a lover, and a pickpocket…

Then I’ll ask you three questions that you’ll answer in your journal

arranged marriage
Arranged Marriage

In some cultures, marriages are arranged. The parents, sometimes with the aid of a matchmaker, choose mates for their children. If your parents had to choose a mate for you, what kind of characteristics and qualities do you think they would look for? How would your parents’ choices differ from your own? Would you want to marry a person they picked for you? Why?

  • What is the best gift you were ever given? Why’d you get it? What made it so great? Who gave it to you?
answers answers answers
Answers, Answers, Answers

In school you’re used to being asked questions, but there’s often only one right answer. For the questions below, there can be a lot of answers. For each question, write 3 possible answers.

  • What is beautiful?
  • What is depressing?
  • What is striped?
  • What is empty?
  • What is complicated?
  • What is green?
questions questions
Questions, Questions

Try to think creatively, and come up with a question for each of the answers below.

  • The answer is Corn Flakes.
  • The answer is upside down.
  • The answer is black and white.
  • The answer is never.
  • The answer is cool.
  • The answer is bumpy.
writing journal lottery
Writing Journal- Lottery
  • If you won the lottery for 10 million dollars this week, what would you do with the money? (Think about what you might buy, who you would give it to, would there be any left over, would you save it for something?)
never ever
Never Ever

Think about all of the older people you know- teachers, parents, coaches, neighbors, friends, relatives, acquaintances. Probably one or several of the adults you know have provided you with an example of how not to live your life. Look ahead to your future, and think about the one thing you will not let happen. Begin by writing: The one thing I will never do is…

animal alphabet
Animal Alphabet

How many animals can you think of? Try to think of as many as you can, in alphabetical order, before the timer goes off.


We all know what a bathtub is supposed to be used for. Let your mind go and try to list as many uses for a bathtub as you can before the timer goes off.

dream vacation
Dream Vacation

Think about all the places in the world you would like to see. If you could have a free one week vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? What do you like about it? What would you do there?

writing journal i m proud of
Writing Journal- I’m proud of…
  • What are 3 things about yourself you are the most proud of? Why? (it can be a skill, something about your personality, something you accomplished, etc). If you had to sum up yourself or your life, what would you say?
a christmas memory mood
A Christmas Memory- Mood

Based on the following details from the story,

how would you describe the mood so far? Suspenseful? Peaceful? Sad? Nostalgic? Explain your thinking.

“the kitchen of a spreading old house in a country town” “a cheery crunch, scraps of miniature thunder sound as pecan shells collapse”

“dusk turns the window into a mirror: our reflections mingle with the rising moon as we work by the fireside in the firelight”

“the black stove, stoked with coal and firewood, glows like a lighted pumpkin”

figurative language
Figurative Language

Below are quotes from “A Christmas Memory.” Each of them are examples of what type of figurative language? Define it, then write 2 examples of your own. (hint, starts with an s)

“ we unreel our kites, fell them twitching at the string like sky fish as they swim into the wind”

“As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying toward heaven”

“dollar bills, tightly rolled and green as May buds”“The black stove glows like a lighted pumpkin”

“the sun, round as an orange”

“red berries shiny as Chinese bells”

“my friend wants our tree to blaze like a Baptist window”


Are you the kind of person who gets even, or gets revenge on people? What would someone have to do to make you mad enough to want revenge? What would you do to them?

cask of amontillado
Cask of Amontillado

In the video of “Cask of Amontillado” how did the director create the mood and the setting, and help the story seem suspenseful or frightening? What were some techniques he used?

sentences tell if the following are complete sentences or not if not fix them
Sentences? Tell if the following are complete sentences or not. If not, fix them!
  • Does this safari guarantee I come back alive?
  • Your Safari guide in the past.
  • Safaris to any year in the past.
  • We guarantee nothing, except the dinosaurs.
  • He glanced across the vast office.
  • The light of the time machine on his thin face.
sound of thunder a nalogies
Sound of Thunder Analogies
  • annihilate: injure :: flood :
  • breeze b. damage c. leak

2. Eckels : Travis :: Eckels

  • butterfly b. dinosaur c. Travis

3. Infinitesimal : Gigantic :: Energetic :

a. sluggish b. terrific c. tiny

Analogies-An analogy compares words or concepts, based on how they are alike or related to each other.

Ex. Dog is to puppyas cat is to kitten(a young dog is a puppy, just like a young cat is a kitten)

scissors : cut :: broom : ___________

  • clean b. dust c. sweep d. dirty

kindness : friend :: cruelty : ___________

a. meanness b. enemy c. war d. unkindness


Types of Analogies include:

  • Synonym (happy : joyful :: sad : depressed)
  • Antonym (inflation : deflation :: frail : strong)
  • Characteristic (tropical : hot :: polar : cold)
  • Part/Whole (finger : hand :: petal : flower)
  • Degree (mist : fog :: drizzle : tropical storm)
  • Type (golden retriever : dog :: salmon : fish)
  • Tool/Worker (pen : writer :: voice : singer)
  • Action/Object (fly : airplane :: drive : car)
  • Item/Purpose (knife : cut :: ruler : measure)
  • Product/Worker (poet : poem :: baker : pie)
imagery or not
Imagery or not?
  • “Eckels glanced across the vast office at a mass and tangle, a snaking and humming of wires and steel boxes, at an aurora that flickered now orange, now silver, now blue. There was a sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time”
  • "Makes you think, If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results. Thank God Keith won. He'll make a fine President of the United States.“
  • “They sat in the ancient wilderness. Far birds' cries blew on a wind, and the smell of tar and an old salt sea, moist grasses, and flowers the color of blood.”
  • It came on great oiled, resilient, striding legs. It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god, folding its delicate watchmaker's claws close to its oily reptilian chest.
analogies 2
Analogies 2

1. Lifejacket: boat :: : car

  • Medicine b. seatbelt c. emergency

2. Ignite: extinguish :: harvest:

a. Plant b. relax c. autumn