Two Types of People in Winter

Imagine you are the “let’s go outside in the winter” person. What things do you love to do in the cold, snow, and ice? Tell stories of winter adventures you have had. Imagine you are the “good time to snuggle in front of the fire” person. What things do you …

Nighthawks, Edwin Hopper, 1942

In slang a “nighthawk” is an insomniac or a person who naturally prefers the night. The picture is said to represent the loneliness of the city. The actual “nighthawk” is a bird that hunts at night. Shows like “the Simpsons” and various movies have set up a scene like this …

Grumpy Cat Orders Unhappy Meal

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Dairy Queen, Boston Pizza – most people have lots of experience with “fast foods” of various kinds. What are your favourite fast foods? Why do you like them, especially in comparison to other choices. When do you get them? What about the “gifts” in the Happy …

The Dance Class, Edgar Degas, 1874

Degas frequently painted and sculpted ballet dancers. The man in the painting is a famous ballet master teacher. Taking lessons. Write about lessons you have taken – music, dance, skiing, skating, bike riding, even Kumon – any lessons taught by someone other than your parents. Write about outfits and costumes …

Bucket List

A “bucket list” comes from the expression “to kick the bucket” meaning to die. The “bucket list” consists of those things you want to to do in your lifetime – before you “kick the bucket.” Write your own bucket list, with some details about each of them, and why you …

Two Kinds of Book Readers

Think about “the rules” for caring for texts and library books and your own books. Imagine a humorous story where your character explains to the librarian how he/she managed to break all the rules. Write about your first public library membership – getting your card, what did it look like, …