A Van Pulls Up with Your Favorite Book Characters

Prompt

Every year, on a foggy fall morning, an old van pulls up to your home. Inside are five of your favorite characters from the books you have read this last year and two characters from previous years. You get exactly thirty-two minutes to have a conversation with all seven of them. Your job is to write this conversation. First, explain which seven you will choose and why. Next, jot down a list of questions you would ask them. Then, write the dialogue back and forth. Remember that isn’t an interview. It’s a conversation, which means the characters will be interacting with each other as well as with you.

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Your Shoes Aren't Lost . . . They're Hiding

Prompt

Tell this story:

You just lost your shoes. Or so you think. But it turns out your shoes aren’t lost. They’re just hiding, because each day when you go to school, your shoes come to life. What does a day in the life of a shoe look like? How do they spend their time? What do they do for fun? What types of hobbies do shoes have? Where do they go? How do they transform your home into their world? Do they have their own media? Perhaps . . . Shoe Tube?
Do they have their own language? Perhaps squeaking? And if so, do they create their own music? What hidden dangers do they face?
What is each shoe’s personality like?

Now think about it. Where are your shoes hiding? And why?

Now, tell this story from the perspective of your shoes.

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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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