This volume of writing prompts contains 25 Six-Word “Stories”.
Example prompts include:
1. Knowing and showing trump selling and telling.
2. Value listening much more than speaking.
3. Influence your circle, then expand it.
Each “story” shares a powerful “lesson learned” as a critical thinking exercise that challenges students to consider the world and their place in it.
The prompts are aligned to several Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1-6).
Augment the prompts with your own personal thesis questions, and assign them to your students!
These prompts have been used successfully in the following scenarios:
1. During the last month of the school year, to impart wisdom as students prepare to say “goodbye” and advance to the next grade.
2. As prompts for student-delivered commencement (and other school assembly) addresses.
3. As daily writing prompts, themed journal entries, or 500-word essays!
Derrick Brown's Bio
Mr. Brown has published a digital catalog of more than 70 short films, learning games, visual dictionaries, poems, essays, newsletters, inspirational posters, and projects. He has also delivered more than 30 presentations, workshops, keynote addresses, and invited lectures at conferences, high schools, colleges, universities, and churches.
From 2004-2010, he served as a founding faculty member, governing board representative, Director of Corporate Relations, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal of Tech High (Charter) School in Atlanta GA.
Mr. Brown founded KnowledgeBase, Inc., in 1998, and served as its full-time executive director until 2004. KnowledgeBase's mission is to educate and to empower people by creating content that enhances their reading, writing, math, entrepreneurial, leadership, and critical thinking (problem solving) skills.
He earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Clemson University in December 1991. He then worked for The MITRE Corporation's (Reston, VA) Signal Processing and Advanced Technology Department for one year before beginning graduate studies at Georgia Tech, where he received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in March 1994.
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