Category Archives: Writing Prompt

April 7, 2014

Twinkie Puppy Caption

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createacaption2Create a Caption for Twinkie!

What a playful pup! Doesn’t he have such a sweet, expectant little expression on his face? I think it looks like Twinkie is anxiously waiting for a game of fetch to begin.

Twinkie puppy

Do you have your own idea? Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

March 31, 2014

After the Millennials

Posted by at 1:27 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing promptName the next generation!

According to sociologists, anyone born between 1982-2004 is known as a Millennial. The name comes from the fact that they were the first group to graduate high school after the millennium (the year 2000).

But what about people born after 2004 (i.e., many STACKers)? According to studies, kids born after 2004 have some interesting things in common that Millennials didn’t have. Many kids born after 2004 have always had a computer in their home, and used technology from a very, very young age. You are the first group to be born into a world with the Internet, texting, instant messaging, and listening to music and watching TV digitally. (What do you think – is this true for you??)

Some people think you should be called Post-Millennials, or Generation Z, or the iGeneration. What do you think? What would you call your up-and-coming generation?

Take a look at some of the past generation names, and fill in what YOU think our new generation should be called.

1946 – 1964: Baby Boomer Generation

1964 – 1982: Generation X

1982 – 2004: Millennials (also sometimes called Generation Y)

2004 – present: ?????

Who knows? Maybe some famous sociologist will read one of your Comments, and name the generation after your answer! So let us know what you think below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 27, 2014

50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

Posted by at 1:41 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing prompt shout-out50 Reasons to Send a Shout-Out

If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.

If you need more motivation, ForeverElephant put together this amazing list of reasons to send a shout-out. Continue reading

March 24, 2014

Back in the Day Writing Prompt

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writing promptWriting Prompt: I miss the days when . . .

Do you long for days gone by when things were simpler?

If you’re getting hit by a winter blizzard where you live, you might long for the days of summer and wearing shorts and tank tops!

Or maybe you miss the days when you were younger and didn’t have homework yet, or there were no cliques. Or maybe you miss the days before you had braces, and chewing wasn’t so complicated (and you didn’t have to use that little toothbrush to clean in between each metal piece)!

Whatever it is, let us know what strikes a nerve with you in today’s Writing Prompt.

I miss the days when . . .

We can’t wait to see what’s on your mind!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 18, 2014

Create a Caption: Guinness World Records

Posted by at 1:29 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionHow many cheerleaders can fit in a smart car?

Doesn’t this cheer squad look silly? They hold the Guinness World Record for cramming the most people into a smart car! If the people (or the car!) could talk, what do you think they would say?

Guinness World Record: Most cheerleaders in a Smart Car

Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records

I think these cheerleaders would be saying something like, “READY? OKAY! We’ll say it loud because we’re proud! W-O-R-L-D-R-E-C-O-R-D What’s that spell? WORLD RECORD!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below.

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

March 3, 2014

Create a Caption: Smokey Dog

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Create a CaptionSmokey the Dog

Smokey is such a beautiful dog! Doesn’t it look like he is posing for a picture? I think Smokey could be a model appearing on the cover of Doggy Vogue magazine!

Smokey the Husky dog photo

My caption: “Okay I’m all ready for my close up! You can come over here with the camera now. Should I lie down in the grass like this? Can somebody get me some Terrier water and bone? A doggy model has got to eat ya’ know!”

What do YOU think? Write your own caption for this picture in the Comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

February 26, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 3

Posted by at 1:33 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Choose Your Fictional Character Dream Team!

While it’s awesome to see trained athletes tearing up the ice in a team sport like hockey, here at the STACKS, it is day 3 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games, and we have to wonder: what would it be like to have an Olympic team made up of characters from our favorite books?

Since hockey is probably the team sport on ice that I understand best, I’m creating my dream sports lineup as a hockey team. My picks?

  • 204-4426Percy Jackson, obviously, because he can control water and would therefore be a speed demon on ice.
  • Clarisse La Rue (of the Percy Jackson series) because she’s super-aggressive and would have no problem knocking out an opposing player.
  • Hagrid (of the Harry Potter series) because he’d be an amazing goalie.
  • George and Harold (of Captain Underpants) because they are fast thinkers and you need to be a fast thinker on ice!
  • Harry Potter because he’d probably discover he had the ability to do something awesome halfway through the game and totally take down the opposition.

How about you? What would YOUR fictional character dream team look like? Share in the Comments below! And come back tomorrow to participate in the next Winter Reading Games event!

image from kids.scholastic.comEn-Szu, STACKS Staffer

February 24, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 1

Posted by at 1:59 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Page 32 Writing Prompt

It’s day 1 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games and I am proud to present your first event! Reading competitors, on your mark! Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“It is more fun to read than to ________ !”
For example, my book is Gold Medal Winter, so taking a phrase from page 32, mine would say . . . 

Pg32

Post your sentence in the Comments so everyone may enjoy! Don’t forget to include the title of the book you are reading. Come back tomorrow and every day this week for a new event in the STACKS Winter Reading Games!

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 17, 2014

Change the World Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_genericWriting Prompt: What would you change if you could?

Is there anything near and dear to your heart that you would change if you could? I’m a big believer in “no regrets” but for some things — like the things beyond your control — don’t you just wish you had a magic wand to zap away?

Maybe you would take back something mean you said that hurt someone’s feelings . . . or maybe you would change the world so no one ever goes hungry again . . .  or maybe you would just change your freckles. Serious, silly, or somewhere in between, let us know your answer to today’s Writing Prompt:

What Would You Change if You Could?

Inquiring minds want to know, so let us know in the Comments below! And then go see what you can do to make that change a reality!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 10, 2014

Winter Olympics Create a Caption, Part I

Posted by at 1:58 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaption2Olympic Ice Skating Photo

We’ve got a fever . . . Winter Olympics fever, that is! There have already been so many amazing photographs of athletes doing cool tricks and performing to the crowds in Sochi that we just knew we had to use one for Create a Caption.

Here’s a photo of Russian skater Evgeny Plyushchenko, competing in the Figure Skating Men’s Short Program. There’s a whole lot of drama going on here, but here’s what I think he’s saying. . .

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“Dude, I know the skating competition is fierce, but I’ve got WINNER written all over me. I mean, look at this outfit! LOOK AT IT! Do you know how long it took to BeDazzle this? Do I get points for BeDazzling? I should get points for BeDazzling.”

What do YOU think Evgeny is saying? Share your caption in the Comments below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Photo courtesy: XXII Winter Olympic Games