A different kind of writing prompt for The 7 C’s Learning Expo

four fortunes from fortune cookiesfour fortunes from fortune cookies

The latest addition to The 7 C’s Learning Expo

With these fortunes as a springboard, try one or more of these activities:

  1. Have characters use two or more of the lines in an amusing conversation.

  2. Mix and match the various words in the fortunes to create new fortunes.

  3. Compose a story based on one or more of the messages.


** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

 

New Book-in-Progress Rebel Hour Prologue

Just checking in with the prologue from Rebel Hour, which can be found at the Sail the 7 C’s Teacher Resource Expo.

Rebel Hour

Prologue

So I’m not the sharpest tool in the…the brightest bulb in…let’s just say I’m hardly an Einstein. Some might even suggest I couldn’t even tie Einstein’s shoes…which makes me now wonder why I only wear sandals and slip-on sneakers.

Anyway [Hey, I’m smart enough to know when I’m getting off track.] when my loving (not really) principal Mrs. Phyllis Nix mentioned last June  that there was a fourth-grade position at a neighboring school in the district, I just filed it away as ‘odd but interesting’…or was it ‘interesting but odd’?. 

But when my loving [again…not really) grade four teaching partner Joy Ann Clark mentioned the same position, I reclassified it from ‘odd but interesting’ to ‘hmmm…’.

***

It’s now late August and Mrs. Nix has informed me that I’m being moved to Room 36, which through my eight years at A.B. Sweeney has been called ‘the creaking portable.’ It’s a modular classroom set so far apart from the main building that there isn’t even a Room 35…or 34…or 33, 32, or 31. Yep, I’m no Einstein shoe-tying flunky, but it was pretty clear I’d been exiled.

Now, if I alone were sent to this island of luxury, that’s one thing. But for my students to feel separate and unequal? Not good.

So what did I do the next day?

I took a step that would separate them even further. Yep, I’m quite the genius.

***

“Joy Ann, here’s a thought. How ‘bout if we experiment with going completely self-contained this year?”

Eyebrows raised, she said, “Really?” Her eyes shifted off to dreamland and she nodded. It was as if she was playing out a ‘hassle-free, limited time with Brooke Page’ scenario.

“Yep,” I said. No trading students for math or language arts.”

“I guess we could always ask,” she said. Her eyes remained fixed to that far-off galaxy, one without me as her career millstone, that immovable anchor that thwarted her efforts to shine as a ‘Broadway glitterati, ‘who are you wearing today?’ Hall of Fame’ teacher.  

“Who should run this by Mrs.—?” I asked.

“I can do that,” said Joy Ann.

Played right into my hands.

***


And so here I am, in the creaking fortress, with blank walls.

And I’ve made a decision…

© 2019  Tim Haag

More writing prompts added to my ‘expo’ of teacher resources

Two children collaborating on a piece of writing

Time for more writing prompts for my Ride the Seven C’s Teacher Expo

  1. She/he was my last chance…

  2. Hidden in the cereal box…

  3. The closer I got to the painting, the more I smelled fresh-baked bread/salt air/roses…

  4. It turned out to be a love/ransom/dismissal note…

  5. He already owed the bank $20,000…

  6. “Look!” She adjusted her stick pretzels. “I’m a walrus!”

  7. His sad, brown eyes told me one thing…

  8. Answering the ad proved to be a mistake…

  9. “Yoga for kids? Sure I’ll try it…”

  10. “Pot roast/meat loaf/broccoli/braised eel…for dessert?”