Category Archives: Writing Prompt

June 30, 2014

Writing Prompt for Book-Obsessed People

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Writing PromptWriting Prompt: Problems only readers would understand . . .

  • Problem #1: You’re on a long car trip and you just finished your book. There’s 1 more hour until you get there and you have nothing to read!
  • Problem #2: You’ve been waiting forever for the sequel of your favorite book to come out. It finally does . . . on a SCHOOL day!
  • Problem #3: Your mom returned a gripping, thrilling, totally awesome book to the library . . . before you finished the last chapter!

These, fellow Ink Splotters, are problems only a book lover would understand. You know what I mean, right? Well, we want to hear your problems . . . that only a fellow book lover would understand.

Leave your problems caused by book obsession in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 26, 2014

Get to Know Each Other!

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Peep says Hi.Find some new friends on the STACKS!

Check out the Q&A below and answer all (or some) of the questions from ForestWolf9!

  1. What’s your favorite snack?
  2. How long have you been on the STACKS?
  3. What are your hobbies?
  4. Have you been to a different country (or countries)? Which ones?
  5. What are your favorite books?
  6. What are your favorite movies?
  7. What’s your favorite funny TV ad?
  8. Have you ever tried to act like your favorite character from your favorite book/movie (copied his or her hair or makeup or stole his or her catchphrase)?

That’s it for today! Ta-ta!
ForestWolf9

PS. Get to know more STACKers on the STACK Back Message Board.

June 23, 2014

Dutchie the Puppy Create a Caption

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Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for Dutchie the Puppy!

Dutchie may look like a lovable, innocent little pup but don’t let that fool you! He may be adorable but he has a bad side too! Would you just look at those blankets? How can a doggy so small make such a huge mess?

DutchiePuppy

What do you think Dutchie is saying? Write YOUR own caption in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

June 16, 2014

Writing Prompt: I Am an Expert at . . .

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Rainbow PenWhat’s your expertise?

Maybe you are a computer coding genius. Maybe you paint the best fingernail designs in your school. Maybe you make better cupcakes than Martha Stewart, can play Minecraft in your sleep, write poetry like nobody’s business . . . or have a talent no one would have ever expected. Or maybe you do something pretty ordinary … with a totally extraordinary twist!

For today’s Writing Prompt, we’ve gotta know:What are you an expert at?

Let’s see how many cool, crazy, funny, interesting answers we get. Leave your “expertise” in the Comments below!

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 11, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #2

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Funny Books FiestaSilly Word Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered what a really crazy-looking word meant? I sure have! In fact, I do all the time. Of course, the right thing to do when you encounter a word you don’t know is to whip out the dictionary, but before you get the good ol’ standard definition of that difficult word, why not have a little fun first?

Today’s Funny Books Fiesta challenge is Silly Word Vocabulary! When you read a word you don’t know in your book . . . make up a definition. That’s right! Just make one up, the weirder the better. How does it change the sentence you’re reading?

I’m reading The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (If you haven’t read it yet, you totally should!)–and I see a few words that I used to struggle with all the time. For example, brashness. Here is the original sentence that Gordon Korman wrote:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary brashness.

Brashness really means energetic-ness or boldness, but if I were to make up my own silly definition, I’d say it means “having an extremely long, bushy tail.” Here is my new, silly sentence:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary extremely long, bushy tail. 

This definition of brashness gives the sentence a seriously silly new meaning!

Are you that super-smart kid that knows all the words in the book you’re reading? Fear not, you can still have fun. Simply give a word you already know a new meaning. Example? Coincidence. My new definition? “A statue made of old coins, made in an ancient mine by elves who only wear the color blue.”

Pick a word, any word! Be bold. Share your new, silly definition in the Comments below. Can’t wait to see how creative and gloriously goofy we can get!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And don’t forget the LIVE Readathon on June 30! You’re coming, right? See ya later,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

June 9, 2014

What Would You Do If?

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Question marksRandom STACKS Randomness

AquaLadybug7 has a random quiz for you, and I have to say these questions really made me think! Libraries closed for 28 years???!!!! What kind of sick person would do that???

Anyway, here is the quiz. I need to go lie down after the shock of question #3.

Hey, everyone. I’m going to give you a bunch of wacky situations and you’re going to reply saying what you would do. So . . . WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF . . .AquaLadybug Avatar

  1. You got sucked into an annoying commercial that kept on playing the same corny song over and over and over again?
  2. You went outside in June in your favorite new outfit and then it started to rain and it was RUINED!?
  3. All libraries closed their doors for the next 28 years?
  4. You bought something online for $500,000 and it turned out to be a scam?
  5. You could have 3 wishes?
  6. You could actually TASTE a cloud and it tasted NOTHING EVEN CLOSE TO COTTON CANDY?
  7. You jumped on a giant trampoline and you ended up on the moon?

Leave your answers in the Comments.Then visit AquaLadybug7 on the STACKS Buzz Board to say, “Hi!” Also, check out AquaLadybug’s latest What Would You Do If Quiz!
image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 4, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #1

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Funny Books FiestaMake your own Mad Libs!

Welcome to the Funny Books Fiesta! To keep you reading (and giggling) all month long, we’ve got some seriously silly games going on. You ready to get your giggle on? Check out today’s activity!

Everyone loves Mad Libs. So why not make your own? The more original, the better! Here’s how this game works: substitute random nouns on the page you are reading with another, super-random noun.

For example, I’m currently reading Goosebumps Horrorland: Welcome to Camp Slither. I’m on page 73. My super-random word? Tofu. Check out my new first paragraphs:

Sid grabbed the tofu and studied it. “The head tofu is someone named Uncle Jerry? Why haven’t we seen him?”

“Don’t you get it? This means Dr. Crawler isn’t the real head tofu,” I said, my heart suddenly pounding. “Dr. Crawler is some kind of fake.”

The tofu all started talking at once…

To inspire you, here’s a list of great, goofy words for you to use:

  • PANTS
  • TEAKETTLE
  • BEANS
  • BLANKIE
  • CHAPSTICK
  • FOOTBALL
  • CROUTON

Of course, you can always pick your own word!

Share your new favorite, silliest sentence (or sentences) in the Comments below. The sillier and more random, the better!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And it’s not too early to start getting ready for the LIVE Readathon on June 30! Till next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

June 3, 2014

End-of-the-Year Quiz

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Writing PromptRate Your School Year!

I got this idea from Moderator Katie on the STACKS Buzz Board. Since it is the end of the school year for many of you, take some time now to think over the past year and answer these questions.

  1. Overall, from 1 (low) to 10 (high), how was your school year?
  2. What was the BEST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  3. What was the WORST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  4. What lessons did you learn from both or either #2 or #3?
  5. What is your proudest accomplishment in this school year?
  6. What would you have done differently in this school year?
  7. Any summer resolutions? What are they?
  8. What do you want to work on MOST in the next school year?
  9. What is one experience you had in this school year that you never would have BELIEVED could happen to you?
  10. Any other hopes, dreams, comments now that this school year is just about done?

Leave your answers in the Comments. Then go read Katie’s original quiz and say, “Hi!” on the Buzz Board!

May 29, 2014

Has Harry Potter Changed Your Life?

Harry Potter stampWriting Prompt: How Harry Potter Has Changed YOU

Everyone remembers the first time he or she opened a Harry Potter book and started reading. Think back to the time before Harry Potter was in your life and tell us how reading the books has changed you as a person, changed how you look at certain things, and changed your perspective on life in general.

Firstly, Hermione became my alter-ego and I became a self-motivated, straight-A student. Now I just do my absolute best with everything because she makes it cool to be a nerd. I became more responsible because of Hermione.

Seeing how Harry suffered at the Dursleys’ house made me put my stupid, little problems in perspective.

Seeing how coolly weird Luna is made me accept myself as an individual, if you know what I mean. Like, before, I was obsessed with conforming and being popular, and Luna made me step back and realize that there’s only one of me. And my friendships have actually improved since then.

Harry showed me that you need to believe in yourself and know who your true friends are even when everyone hates you. – EarlyElf6

I must thank Luna the most. Without her, I would probably have always kept my quirky weirdness to myself. To me, HP has been a lot more than words on paper. It has been a life-changing, motivating, roller coaster ride of a story and I absolutely adore it. – Popcorn3Penguin

Leave a Comment here or on the Harry Potter Message Board and tell us: How has reading Harry Potter changed YOUR life?

May 26, 2014

The World's Largest Dragon

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Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for the World’s Largest Dragon

Wait, so dragons really do exist?! Not quite. That’s actually just the world’s largest walking robot, but it still looks pretty scary! I think The Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien put it best when he said, “Never laugh at live dragons!”

Largest Walking Robotic Dragon

Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

If these dragon slayers could speak, what do you think they would be saying? Or if the dragon could speak, what would it be saying?

Largest Walking Robotic Dragon

Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern