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  • Writing Center

  • CCrreeaattiivvee WWrriittiinngg

    Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

    Task of the Day:

    (Teacher, select a task card and tape it here.)

  • Instructions:

    1. Read the prompt on the task card. 2. Grab a sheet of creative writing paper

    and begin writing according to the prompt.

    3. Write any imaginative thoughts that come to your mind. Add details that make your writing creative and interesting.

    4. Use more than one sheet if necessary. 5. Illustrate your writing.

  • Title: __________________________ by: ________________


    ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

    My Illustration

  • Task Card 1

    Write about what it would be like to be president for a day. Would you enjoy it? Why or why not?

    What things would you do? How would you change our country? Would you make a good president? Why or why not?

    Task Card 2

    Pretend that you just won a million dollars. What would you do with it and why?

    Would you be happy? Why or why not?

    Task Card 3

    If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? What would you do with your super power?

  • Task Card 4

    Imagine that you had a pet that could talk. What kind of pet would it be? Describe its characteristic traits. Would you enjoy

    having this pet in real life? Why or why not?

    Task Card 5

    Imagine that you could go anywhere in the world for a day. Where would you go and why? What kinds of things would you

    see and do?

    Task Card 6

    If you could be any character from a book, who would it be? Describe some of your favorite characteristic traits about him/

    her. Why would you want to be this character?

  • Task Card 7

    Imagine that you just invented a robot. What kind of robot would it be? What kinds of things could it do?

    Task Card 8

    Imagine that you could go on any game show (E.g. Wheel of Fortune). Which game show would you want to go on? Describe what you hope your experience would be like.

    Task Card 9

    What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of career would you like to have and why? How

    would your family look like, or would you want to live alone?

  • Task Card 10

    If you had a genie who could grant you three wishes, what would those wishes be and why? (Sorry, you can not wish for

    more wishes.)

    Task Card 11

    If you could switch lives with anyone in your family, which family member would it be and why?

    Task Card 12

    Imagine that you were stranded on a deserted island. What would your plan for survival be?

  • Task Card 13

    Pretend that you only had one day left to live. What would want to do before you die? Why?

    Task Card 14

    Imagine that you could have any meal you wanted at the snap of your fingers (just one meal).

    What meal would it be? Describe it.

    Task Card 15

    If you could live anywhere else in the country, where would you want to live? Why?

    How would life be different for you compared to how it is now?

  • Task Card 16

    Pretend that you just found out that your mom is going to have sextuplets! You are going to have six more babies at home.

    Would you enjoy it? Why or why not? What would your life be like with six (more) younger siblings in your home?

    Task Card 17

    Imagine that you lived in the mansion of your dreams. What does that mansion look like on the inside and outside?

    Task Card 18

    Would you want world peace? Why or why not? What does world peace look like to you?

  • Task Card 19

    If you could go back into time and relive any memory, which would you choose and why?

    Task Card 20

    Finish this story: One day, I got lost at the mall

    Task Card 21 (Teacher Created)





  • PPooeettrryy Youll learn how to write the following

    types of poems:

    CCiinnqquuaaiinn DDiiaammaannttee AAccrroossttiicc

    HHaaiikkuu LLiimmeerriicckk

  • Teacher Directions: 1. Post the cover page and the

    Student Directions at the center so that students know what to do.

    2. Cut out the sample poems. 3. Laminate the poems (optional). 4. Photocopy the worksheets (about

    10 of each). 5. If you have a tray, place the

    sample poems in the top tray and the worksheets in the bottom tray.

    Its as easy as that!

  • Student Directions: 1. Read all five of the sample poems. 2. Pick the sample poem that you

    enjoyed best. 3. Find the worksheet that tells you

    how to write that kind of poem. 4. Using the worksheet as a guide,

    write your own poem. 5. If theres time, try another poem!

    *Bonus Step*

    Illustrate your poem on a separate sheet of drawing paper.

  • (Sample Poem #1: Cinquain)

    school fun, creative

    learning, reading, exploring playing with my friends


    (Sample Poem #2: Diamante)

    winter cold, wet

    raining, snowing, frosting gloves, scarves, sandals, sun

    playing, shining, burning bright, hot summer

  • (Sample Poem #3: Acrostic)

    H as many friends who love her E veryone is special to her A lways helps others in need T akes good care of her pets H as a good sense of humor E ncourages others to do their best R eaches for the stars

    (Sample Poem #4: Haiku)

    The very last fall leaves Dropping to the ground like snow

    Announcing winter

  • (Sample Poem #5: Limerick)

    There was an old man with a beard, Who said, It is just as I feared!

    Two owls and a hen, Four larks and a wren,

    Have all built their nests in my beard!

  • Cinquain

    Line 1: A noun that tells what your poem is about

    Line 2: Two adjectives that describe the noun

    Line 3: Three ing words that describe what your noun does

    Line 4: A 4-word phrase that tells more about your noun

    Line 5: A synonym for your noun (also a noun)


    ______________, ______________

    ______________, ______________, ______________

    ____________ ___________ ___________ ___________


    Cinquains are 5-line poems that describe a noun.

  • Diamante

    Step 1: Think of two nouns that are complete opposite of each other. Write one on Line 1 and the other on Line 7. Step 2: On Line 2, write two adjectives that describe the noun on Line 1. Step 3: On Line 3, write three -ing words that relate to Line 1. Step 4: Write two nouns that relate to Line 1 on the first two lines of Line 4. Step 5: Write two nouns that relate to Line 7 on the last two lines of Line 4. Step 6: Write three -ing words that relate to the noun in Line 7 on Line 5. Step 7: Write two adjectives that describe the noun in Line 7 on Line 6.


    2:______________, ______________

    3:______________, ______________, ______________

    4:___________ ___________ ___________ ___________

    5:______________, ______________, ______________

    6:______________, ______________


    Diamantes are diamond-shaped poems that contrast two nouns

  • Acrostic

    For this acrostic poem, use the letters of your name as the first letter of each line. Each line should tell something unique about you. If your name is short, use your

    last name also. If its long, you can use a nick name instead.








    An acrostic poem is written by using each letter of a word as

    the first letter of each line.

  • Haiku

    Line 1: 5 syllables Line 2: 7 syllables Line 3: 5 syllables

    Now, write two Haiku poems:







    A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that focuses on nature.

    Their lines typically dont rhyme.

  • Limerick

    Follow these rules to write your own Limerick:

    1. Lines 1, 2 and 5 each have seven to ten syllables. 2. Lines 3 and 4 each have five to seven syllables. 3. The lines have an a a b b a rhyming pattern because Lines 1, 2 and 5

    rhyme with one another. 4. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with one another. 5. The last word of Lines 1 or 2