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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.4 April 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
When “21st-Century Schooling” Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal
Are we serious about educating students for the global competitive economy of the future?

Earth Day Special Article:
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb
Give the planet the gift of flowers for Earth Day....

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Tools for Success

»Actively Involve Every Reader—Ten Easy Ideas! Sue Gruber
»Motivating Children Leah Davies
»Multiple Working Hypotheses Todd R. Nelson
»Eliciting vs. Punishments Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Tattle Tales and Classroom Helpers Barbara Pressman
»Tips for Travel to France or Italy with Students Josette Bonafino
»Too Much Parent Involvement? Can It Be? Dorothy Rich
»Return to Sender & The Neon Necklace Rick Morris
»Be Your Own Mentor: Reflect Hal Portner

»Getting Your Students' Work Published Alan Haskvitz
»At Risk Students: Victims of Miseducation and Failure Bill Page
»Teachers – Healing Broken Lives Graysen Walles
»Get Smart! Doodle! Tim Newlin
»A Dozen Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community Susan Fitzell
»April 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VI Hank Kellner
»Quality in School Systems Panamalai R. Guruprasad
»Problems With 9th Grade Euclidian Geometry Stewart E. Brekke
»Multisensory/Kinesthetic Alphabet ActivitiesJeanine Horner

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Guided Reading in Kindergarten (printable)
»Printables - Happy Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Portable Word Wall, Earth Day Every Day Award, Bringing Choices to Light, and April - May Calendar
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom, Red Creek, NY
»Lessons, Activities, Theme ideas: Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Paul Revere, Spring, Easter, more!
»Featured Lesson: Outdoor Activities/Nature
»Meet Bill Martin Jr. and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Creative Quotes from Shakespeare, Massive Ant Colony Uncovered! AMAZING science!, Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel, Lovefield, and Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior
»Live on Teachers.Net: April 2009
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»Wisdom for the pain? Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?


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James Wayne

Writing Prompts
Archive | Biography | Resources | Discussion

A Month of Writing Prompts

You'd be a fool not to tap into this fascinating line-up of daily events from history to get your students motivated to write!
by James Wayne
Regular contributor to the Gazette
April 1, 2009

The character trait for April is;
  • Reliability
  • Dependability
  • Being worthy of confidence

April 1:

  • In 1895, the world ended, all living things died, the oceans boiled, and the planet melted in a great explosion of the sun. APRIL FOOL! (As if you couldn't guess!) What is the funniest April Fool joke you have ever heard about or can invent?

  • In 1748, excavation began on the city of Pompeii, which had been buried by a volcano 1,800 years before (79 BC). It is still going on. Suppose you could spend a summer working on an archeological dig. In what part of the world would you prefer to work? What kind of things would you like to find?

  • In 1748, excavation began on the city of Pompeii, which had been buried by a volcano 1,800 years before (79 BC). It is still going on. Suppose you could spend a summer working on an archeological dig. In what part of the world would you prefer to work? What kind of things would you like to find?

  • April is National Kite Month. Describe the most interesting kite you have seen or can imagine. If you would like, draw a picture of that kite.

    April 2:

  • In 1796, William Henry Ireland announced he had found and was presenting a lost play by William Shakespeare. The play was very bad, and contained several references to things that happened after Shakespeare had died, proving that Ireland was a forger. Have you ever seen or helped to put on a play or skit? Tell briefly about your experience.

  • Nicholas Murray Butler was born in 1862. A famous educator, writer, and scholar, he won the Nobel Peace Price in 1931, and founded the Columbia School of Journalism, the first journalism school in the world. Journalists are reporters; they may report for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, or even the Internet. Most of them specialize in one or two kinds of news. If you were a reporter, what kind would you like to be?

  • In 1792, the first US mint was established to make coins for the new United States. Some people think it is a waste of time and money to make pennies, since they are worth so little. Do you agree? Why or why not?

  • Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805. He wrote “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and many other stories. What is the funniest thing you have ever seen anyone wear (that was not a costume)?

    April 3:

  • Three famous actors were born today: Leslie Howard, who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind; Marlon Brando, who played the Godfather in all three parts of The Godfather; and Doris Day, who acted in movies, on television, and also sang many popular songs. Would you like to be an actor? What are three things about being an actor you would like, and three things you would not like?

  • Washington Irving was born in 1783. He wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” If you thought someone was deliberately trying to scare you, what would you do?

  • Henry Luce, who started Time and Life magazine, was born in 1898. If you wanted to start a magazine today, what would you make it about?

    April 4:

  • The first mention of the city of Moscow was made in 1147 in an ancient chronicle of a banquet, so today is considered the birthday of the city. Moscow is the capital and largest city of Russia. Think about capitals of countries all over the world. List 5 capital cities you would like to visit, and tell why you want to visit them.

  • In 1828, Casparus van Wooden invented chocolate milk powder in Holland. What is your favorite drink with meals? Make up a slogan that will encourage others to drink your favorite drink.

  • Today is the official birthday of the city of Los Angeles, CA, which was incorporated as a city in 1850, although it had been a village for many years before that. Describe or draw a birthday cake for Los Angeles.

  • Today in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated by someone who wanted to stop the civil rights movement. Dr. King said that violence was not effective as a way to change things. How does his death prove his point?

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  • About James Wayne...

    James Wayne has taught third grade and every grade from fifth to twelfth during a full-time career of 34 years, either in regular classrooms or in AG or AP classes. He began his writing prompts as a way to help teachers improve writing scores in his district. A native of North Carolina, James is a graduate of Duke University and a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the 101st Airborne Division. He continues to work part time for Onslow County Schools as a coordinator of the Academic Derby, a televised scholastic competition serving elementary, middle, and high schools. James resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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