November 17, 2014
Books Writing Prompt from Skyelark Moon
I’m sure most of you have had a similar conversation where you ask someone about a book, and she replies, “Don’t read that book; it’s bad.” That lead me to the question: what makes a book *bad*? Is it the characters? The plot? The general way the story is written? Is the book *bad* because of a negative connotation that was put towards it?
What do you think makes a book *bad*?
For me, I have found a *bad* book to be one that I simply did not enjoy. In general, either the characters or the plot (or both) weren’t engaging enough for me to enjoy the story to its full potential.
That then leads to the question of: what makes a *good* book? To me, I find the characters and the plot quite important. Of course, that is not all I look for, but they are certainly a large factor.
What do you think makes a *good* book?
I’m very interested in hearing *cough*reading*cough* your answers! Have a wonderful rest of your day!
Fly you high,
Skyelark Moon who used minimal smilies in this post.
November 10, 2014
Autumn Puppy Create a Caption
Is that a stuffed animal? No, it’s fluffy, little Charlie! It looks like he is having fun playing at the park. He is all ready for fall as his red fur matches the autumn leaves on the ground!
Here’s my caption: “Okay I’m ready! I’m ready! Throw the Frisbee please! Oh . . .oh . . . There it goes! I can see it coming towards me! Wait a second . . . No, that’s just an autumn leaf falling from the tree!
Write YOUR own caption for this picture in the Comments!
Amanda, STACKS Intern
November 3, 2014
Technology Writing Prompt
Every day, we use technology. Light bulbs, for instance, run on electricity and electricity is technology. Everything that is man-made is technology! Can you believe that? Technology has become a very important part of our daily modern lives. You use it and you barely realize it.
Laptops, PCs, phones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, iPods, Bluetooths, GPSs, cars, other vehicles, toys, other appliances, etc. These things are all technology. Even the simplest thing is technology. Like just an inch of paper! Paper comes from trees, and trees are nature (which is not technology). How do the trees get turned into paper? Technology.
Can you imagine life without technology? You would be so bored. No video games or anything to do. Technology has made our lives very fun and enjoyable. Without technology, life would very, very miserable.
Leave a Comment to say what YOU use technology for, and what your life would be like without it.
Sharafa, Scholastic Kids Council
October 27, 2014
Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Contest
Taylor Swift uses music to shake off the things people do or say that could have the power to hurt her. We want to hear how you shake off the things that get you down in your life. Enter the Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest for a chance to win these prizes . . .
- Grand Prize: A trip for 2 people to Taylor’s concert including a meet & greet with Taylor Swift!
- 2nd place winner: A signed guitar & 1989 CD
- 5 Runners-up: A signed 1989 CD
Here’s how to enter!
- The contest is open to students attending U.S. schools in grades 3 through 6 who are legal residents of the United States.
- Students must write an essay or poem, no more than one page, which explores the question “How do you shake it off when someone says or does something that has the power to hurt you?”
- Each entry must include student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, school name, address, and phone number.
- Entries must be mailed to: This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714.
- Entries must be received by December 11, 2014. No other means of entry accepted.
Leave a Comment telling us how YOU shake it off, and then send in your contest entry! Good luck!
October 21, 2014
Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Message Board posted a poll-type quiz with questions contributed by Go-green-or-else, DreamtimeDetermined14, BreezeBrain39, WinterWonder9300, and DarkRising6.
MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!
What’s your favorite type of candy?
What are you being for Halloween this year?
What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
Do you have any Halloween traditions?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
- What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 13, 2014
Create a Caption for Halloween Kitty!
This cutie kitten is so excited for Halloween! Can’t you tell? I just want to give her a million treats! What do you think she is thinking under her witch’s hat?
Leave your caption in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Kitten image credit SuperStock
October 6, 2014
Writing Prompt: What’s Your Best Good Deed?
Recently, I came across these awesome quotes that really made me think:
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“We ARE what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher)
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you do not know when it will be too late.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American author)
“One person can make a difference. And everyone should try.” (President John F. Kennedy)
Heavy stuff, huh?
How have YOU made a difference? Maybe you’ve stuck up for someone getting bullied, or helped an injured animal, or done something kind that no one will ever even know about. We want to know for today’s Writing Prompt:
What is your best good deed?
Reveal yours in the Comments below!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 29, 2014
Create a Caption for Fozzie Dog
How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.
What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!
Here’s my caption: Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!
Amanda, STACKS Intern
September 22, 2014
Writing Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.
Take a deep breath.
Forget all of your worries and fears.
And let your mind go free.
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?
Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step toward making it happen!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 15, 2014
Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!
Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 – a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that! Continue reading