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Expository Journal Prompts
|1) What characteristics make a good actor? Think of several television and/or film performances you have seen. The write an essay discussing the features of good acting||2) Find out about typical cuisine from another culture. Write a description of a meal from that culture that might seem unusual to Americans.||3) Do you have a nickname? Tell the story of how you got it and why. If you do not have a nickname, tell what you would like your nickname to be and how you imagine receiving that name.|
|4) What us the definition of beauty? Write a definition for “beauty,” and provide examples to illustrate your meaning.||5) What type of pop music is your favorite? Write a paragraph telling what defines this music and explaining why it appeals to young people.||6) Words are only one means of communicating. Music is another. In what sense is a music a ‘universal language”? Write and essay in which you explore the ways music communicates.|
|7) Find out about the history of child labor in the United States, using print or electronic resources at school. Write a brief report about the subject, describing work children did and how and when the U.S banned child labor.||8) What techniques do you know for helping other resolve conflicts peacefully? Write a list for a Problem-Solvers Handbook.||9) What is a refugee? Write a paragraph defining this term. Being with a general definition, then explore specific examples as well as the connotation of the word.|
|10) What is a scapegoat? How might an industry or a group of people become society’s scapegoat? Write a paragraph defining this term by explaining it, then giving examples.||11) Write down an important goal you would like to achieve over the next ten years. Brainstorm a list of actions you need to take to make you goal. Decide when you should take each action and place it on a time line.||12) Friendships are important to middle school and high school students. Write a definition of what your friends mean to you.|
|13) Research one endangered plant or animal species. Write a description of the species, its habitat, and what is being done to save it.||14) How does evidence of life in places other than Earth affect your philosophy of life. Write a journal entry describing your ideas and feelings about this development.||15) Write a journal entry describing your typical school lunch.|
|16) What techniques do toy companies use to sell their products to kids? Think of an as that shows one or more of these techniques. Write a summary of how the company appeals to kids.||17) Observe a kind of flying creature such as a butterfly, robin, or mosquito. Write a description of the creature.||18) Interview an adult about the differences between being a teenager when he or she was growing up and being a teenager today. Write a summary of the interview.|
|19) What part does pop or rock music play in the life of young people? Write a journal entry describing you and your peers’ tastes in music and why music is meaningful to you as a generation.||20) Write a poll for your classmates to gather information about their habits or their views on a particular issue or subject.||21) Select
one of the following statements and rewrite is descriptively, showing it
instead of telling it. In other words, paint a picture with words. Be sure
to appeal to the reader’s senses.
The crowd loudly cheered.
The room is a mess.
The meal smelled delicious.
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