Juan Honore Fragonard, The Swing

Fragonard lived in the 1700’s. His style is called Rococo – full of exuberant detail. For over 50 years his work was so completely ignored that a 1873 history of art doesn’t even mention his name. Now though he is considered one of France’s greatest artists. The Swing is one …

Ate Your Hamster

Stories about pets I have had that were not a cat or a dog (hamster, bird, chipmunk, turtle, chick, crow, etc.) The death of a pet, (or pets.) Stories of strange foods I have eaten – what, where, when, etc. Share this post on Facebook

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

Mary Shelley is the 18 year old author of Frankenstein (Or the Modern Prometheus) and this is the story of how, on a stormy night, in 1816, in a gathering of recognized Romantic period geniuses, she began to write this story which is the inspiration of the entire gothic horror …

Iraq “Camel Spider”

These “spiders” were encountered in Iraq. They are aggressive if cornered and, while they have no venom, their bite can cause severe pain. They are mainly nocturnal and avoid direct sunlight, sometimes taking shade under a camel. My experiences with things I am afraid of (not necessarily animals). Tell the …

Messy Room

The picture doesn’t match the poem, but it could be inspiring when students are writing their own Messy Room Extreme Writing. Whosever room this is should be ashamed! His underwear is hanging on the lamp. His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair, And the chair is becoming quite mucky …

Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier

Diego Rivera is one of the most famous artists of Mexico. His paintings reflect the efforts of the working class. He was regularly commissioned to create sweeping wall murals celebrating Mexico. His wife, Frida Kahlo, is also one of the most famous artists of Mexico. Stories about times when you …

Stepped in Happiness

Gross things that have happened to me – stepping in something, being sick, having something spill on me, etc. (Could be a day of gross things, one after the other.) Best day of my life – unexpected happy things that have happened to me. How to train a cat – …