You Are a Real Estate Agent for Magical Homes

Prompt

You have just landed a job as a real estate agent. Pretty normal, right? Well, here’s where it gets strange. You are actually a real estate agent for magical homes.

So, what type of homes are you buying and selling? Are they mansions? Shacks? Castles? Maybe homes way up in the sky or in the ocean? Or maybe hobbit holes?

What makes these homes different? What weird features do they have? Perhaps disappearing doors? Rooms that expand? Moving staircases? Floating furniture?

What hidden dangers do you have to look out for?

What might an enchanted home floor plan look like? How is it different from a normal home?

Who are your clients? What would they be looking for in a magical home?

Where are these homes located? How do you keep these homes a secret?

Your job is to write an advertisement for one of these homes. Be sure to include the magical amenities, the physical description, and the location.

Include compelling reasons why someone magical would want to buy this home.

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You Get an Unlimited Supply of Legos

Ideal Uses:

This prompt works well as an enrichment prompt for students who have finished other writing. However, it also works well as a way to get students engaged in creative thinking and in descriptive language. You could also have students complete it as a choice-based story prompt.

 

Prompt:

You get an unlimited supply of Legos and you can build anything with it. But there’s a catch. You only get 48 hours. That’s right. 48 hours. So . . . What will you make? Will it be a house? A city? A truck? A boat? A robot? How big will it be? What will it look like? What purpose will it serve? What will be the practical use? Who will you invite to help you in this project? What could possibly go wrong with it? What will you do to prevent this? Where will your Lego creation be located? Make your story vivid and interesting.

 

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What Will Life Be Like in 2057?

Prompt

What will life be like in 40 years? Why not let students take a guess? This video writing prompt asks them to come up with 5 things that will have been invented by the year 2057.

Transcript:

Imagine that you can fast-forward into the future. In this case, the year 2057.

What do you see when you imagine it?

What will the arts be like? Think of the fashion trends, culinary innovations, art movements, musical genres and movies that will be popular.

What will our cities be like? What kind of transportation will people use? What will the buildings be like? More crowded? Less crowded?

What types of new technology will be available?

What challenges and social issues will we be facing that are not as big of a deal right now? What changes will we see in our environment? How will people be coping with it?

Now, based upon this future, come up with five things that will have been invented by 2057. Describe how each of those inventions will change life on earth.

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You Are a Spy Disguised as a Bird Watcher

Prompt:

You just received an invitation to be a part of an elite team of spies who are disguised as . . . bird watchers. That’s right, bird watchers.

What is your real mission?
Who do you work for?
Who are you trying to stop?
Why are you disguised as a bird watcher?
What are the hidden dangers?
What kinds of equipment do you use? What does it do?
Who are the members on your spy team?
What are their roles?
What is your command station like? Perhaps a tricked-out bird-watching RV?

So, tell this story.

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Invent a New Method of Transportation

Prompt

Invent a new method of transportation.

What is the main goal of your transportation? Is it to help the environment? To increase safety? To get to locations faster?

How many people would use this transportation at a time? Will there be individual pods? Pairs? Small groups of people, like a car? Or large groups, like a bus or a train?

How is your transportation powered?

How would your design build on existing technology? Will you use elements from a plane? A car? A drone? A train? A rocket? A satellite? What new ideas would you introduce?

How would the navigation work? Would users have control over the vehicles or will they be fully autonomous and controlled by AI?

What are the risks in this transportation? What are some of the challenges you would face? How would you deal with different weather conditions? How would you handle the weight of cargo?

Describe how this method of transportation would work and how it would change the world forever.

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Tell the Story of Superman's Brother

Prompt:

Tell the story of Superman’s brother, Carl, who left Krypton as a child but ended up on a deserted planet filled with space trash instead of landing on Earth.

Think about his life. What was his childhood like? How did he spend his days? How did he survive?
What kinds of skills did he learn in this environment? How did he use his Superman-like superpowers? In what ways did his x-ray vision come in handy? How about his ability to fly? What did he build on his planet? What new ideas did he have? How did he recycle the space trash? What his coolest invention? What new discoveries did he make? What kind of personality did he develop living alone? Did he ever create imaginary friends? Or maybe make his own robotic friends? What were his hopes and dreams? What were his goals?

Now tell the story of the reunion between Clark . . . er, I mean, Superman and his brother, Carl.

 

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You Just Received a Velociraptor for Christmas

Prompt

Jimmy collects toy dinosaurs. So far, he has a toy T-Rex, Brontosaurus, and Triceratops.

This year, he asked Santa for a velociraptor.

On Christmas Eve, Jimmy waited patiently for his present to arrive. But the next morning, when he opened his present, it was only an egg.

Jimmy was confused. “This was supposed to be Christmas, not Easter.”

But then the egg began to shake and crack and suddenly a velociraptor hatched.

The elves had tried to warn Santa but in his defense, Jimmy had written “velociraptor, not “toy velociraptor.”

Now, Jimmy’s parents want to send the velociraptor back to the North Pole. However, Jimmy wants to keep him.

He’s already named him Vinnie the Velociraptor.

Your job is to convince Jimmy’s parent to let him keep Vinnie. Consider what a velociraptor might eat, what tricks you could teach him, where it might live, and how you would handle the potential dangers of owning this prehistoric pet.

In other words, make the case for why a velociraptor would make a great pet.

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Invent a School for Ninjas

Prompt

You go to check the mail one day when an envelope pops out and folds itself into a ninja. It bounces around before landing on your shoulder, revealing an invitation to an elite school for ninjas.

Imagine that school.

What do the students wear? Is there a special uniform? Are the clothes be dark or light? What subjects does it have? What skills will you learn? And what will your teachers be like? What types of school supplies will you use? What special ninja gadgets will you get to try out? What is the building be like? Is it big or small? Is it located in the mountains? By an ocean? In the middle of a city? Or maybe underground? What cool ninja features does it offer?
What activities does the school offer? What kinds of ninja sports will you play? What are the rules at this school? How is it different from your own school?

Tell this story in the form of a diary entry . . . take that back. Ninjas keep journals, not diaries. Okay, tell this story in the form of a journal entry as a kid who just arrived to a ninja school.

 

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Design a Drone Delivery System

Prompt

You work for a delivery company that uses drones to deliver packages to people.

Unfortunately, drones are getting stolen and broken and people are complaining about drones landing on private property.
Here’s the reality.
You can no longer fly the drones close to the ground.

Your mission is simple.
You need to figure out how to drop a package from at least 4 meters above the ground without breaking the items inside.

Will you using padding? If so, what kind?
What kind of container will you use? A box? A pyramid? A sphere?
How will you slow it down?
Perhaps a parachute?
If so, what shapes and sizes will you experiment with?

Your supplies will include cardboard, duct tape, plastic bags, straws, and string.

You need to develop a way to test your method for speed, accuracy, and the ability to keep fragile items from breaking.

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. It’s going to be awesome because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

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Invent Your Own Superhero

Prompt

Remember when you were little and you’d be watching tv or reading a comic book. You’d see this superhero come in and save the day and you’d think . . . maybe that could be me. You would grab the nearest blanket, tie it around your neck and scale to the top of the couch and for a moment . . . it felt real. You felt the clouds rushing through your face. You felt like you could save the world.

At some point, that vision faded. You got older. Smarter. You outgrew your costume.

But . . . what if?

What would someone need to do to transform into a superhero?

Consider:

What advice do you have on choosing a name?

How about an outfit? A color-scheme? A logo?

What do you do when someone doesn’t have a superpower? Any advice on gadgets?

How about the hero’s lair? What practical advice can you offer a prospective superhero on choosing a city?

What kind of transportation should a superhero use?

What will you do about money? What happens if a superhero isn’t independently wealthy?

How can a superhero tap into his or her tragic backstory to find strength?

Now, turn this advice into a step-by-step guide to how to become a superhero.

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