Friday, July 10, 2015


The first week of Teacher's Write has been a week of avoidance for me. After reading each of the prompts this week, I promptly went outside to garden, built some furniture, or watched some Netflix. Today I promised I would make time for writing, and so I am picking things up with Monday's Mini-Lesson and Jo's Warm-up.

Sidenote: If you don't know what Teacher's Write is, you should check it out on Kate Messner's blog

Wonderings - ideas worth exploring in writing

(I really enjoyed this activity and I'd like to do with my kids this year in the Writing Workshop I'll be running in my ELA classes each week. Doing this activity early in September would give kids an opportunity to get to know each other and share a wealth of 'writeable' topics worth exploring during the year through our Quickwrites or during Writing Workshop time.)

I wonder what my cats really think of me.

I wonder how punctuation was invented and how standard usage rules came to be.

I wonder what life was like near Cow Creek when the trailer park was a new 'upscale' community.

I wonder what it would have been like to be a rookie detective in the 1960s.

I wonder what music sounds like to someone taking Benzodiazapine.

I wonder what it was like to attend Westmount school when it first opened in 1913.

I wonder if cellular memory is possible, and what the consequences could be for organ recipients if it were possible to reconnect with those memories.

I wonder if the woman from the used postcard I bought ever found Mr. Right by searching through income tax reports at her job.

I wonder what happens to things we no longer remember - are they still stored in the brain somewhere, or do they cease to exist?

I wonder if twins see the world differently than each other, or if there would be some distinct similarities in their perceptions due to genetics.

I wonder how my relationships with people would change if we interacted with each other in our dreams.

I wonder what Rat Creek Nuisance Grounds looked like and who frequented it.

I wonder what it was like to live in the tent city that grew on the riverbank south of Downtown Edmonton in the early '20s as people moved to the city from the surrounding farmland.

I wonder what life was like as a homeless youth in Edmonton in the 1920s.

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