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Write at least one paragraph in response to the prompt

#1: Describe yourself as a stranger would see you.
 
#2: Describe yourself as your best friend would describe you if someone asked him/her what you were like.
#3: What is your most important possession, your treasure? Why is it most important to you? Would it be valuable to anyone else?
#4: Who has it easier in life: boys or girls? Explain.
#5: Who has it easiest: oldest child, middle child, youngest child, or only child? Explain.
 
#6: If you won $1000 in a contest, what would you do with the money?
 
#7: What would your dream car be? Describe it.
 
#8: Which is your favorite season? Why?
#9: If you could have any kind of pet you wanted, what would you get? Why?
 
#10: If you could go anywhere on earth, where would you go? Why?
 
#11: What do you like to do in your free time? What is your favorite hobby?
 
#12: Write about your strengths. What are you good at? Don't be modest.
 
#13: What does it mean to be a hero? Who is your biggest hero and why?
 
#14: What does it mean when people say "Freedom isn't free"? What are the prices paid for freedom? Who pays them? (one direction to think about--tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day)
 
#15: Thanksgiving is coming up next week. What are you thankful for?
 
#16: (int) Johnny & Ponyboy decided to run after the incident at the park. Would you have made the same choice? Why or why not?
#16: (reg) What is your favorite family tradition? Does your family do something special for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other occasions? If you can't think of any, what idea would you have for something your family could do (either your family now, or when you grow up and have your own family)?

#17: (int) What is your favorite family tradition? Does your family do something special for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other occasions? If you can't think of any, what idea would you have for something your family could do (either your family now, or when you grow up and have your own family)?
#17 (reg) What would it be like if you (and your brothers and sisters) had to live without parents or other adult guardians like Ponyboy and his brothers do? What would your house look like?

 
#18 (int): If you could change the world, what would you start with? Seriously. Explain your choice.
#18 (reg): Johnny & Ponyboy decided to run after the incident at the park. Would you have made the same choice? Why or why not?

#19 (int): Randy decided not to show up for the rumble. Johnny said fighting was useless. In their situation, do you think you would have felt the same way? Why or why not?
#19 (reg): If you could change the world, what would you start with? Seriously. Explain your choice.

#20: Do you want to have children of your own when you grow up? Why or why not?
#21: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If not, why not? If so, what’s one of your resolutions for 2007 and why did you pick that one?
 
#22: If you had to leave your home forever (like Anne Frank, or the Katrina evacuees), and could only carry your school book-bag, what would you take with you?
#23: What do you think would be the hardest thing about being in hiding, like the Franks & Van Daans?
 
#24: If you could change one thing about the house you live in, what would you change? Describe the change in detail.
#25: How well would you do if electricity suddenly didn't work? How would your life be different if you had to live without electricity?
#26: Compare Anne Frank’s relationships with her mother & her father. Can you relate to her? Does her relationship with either parent remind you of you and your parents? Explain.
#27: "Helping others keeps your own problems in perspective." Do you agree or disagree? Why?
#28: Think of your most interesting conflict with Mother Nature. Maybe it was a close encounter with a wild animal, maybe it was a horrible storm. Tell me about it.
#29: Now that you're in the final grading period of your time at the middle school, how do you feel about moving on to the high school?
#30: Imagine yourself in ten years (aged 23-24). What will you be doing? Where will you be living?
#28: Could you be President of the United States? Why or why not? Would you want to? Why or why not?
#31: Is life better for little kids, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged, or retired people? Why?
#32: What age do you think someone should have to be to vote? Why?
#33: Explain your pet peeves. What bugs you the most?
#34: What famous person would you most like to meet? Why?
#35: What do you think of Valentine's Day? Do you like all the fuss?
#36: What would be the hardest part about being in hiding with a small group of people?
#37: How well would you do if electricity suddenly didn't work? How would your life be different if you had to live without electricity?
#38: What is your favorite thing to do on vacation? Do you do like to do outdoor things or indoor things? Do you like travel or just stay home and vegetate? What would you imagine the perfect day on a perfect vacation to be?

#39: What would you think of wearing uniforms for school? What would be good about it? What would be bad about it?
#40: What did you think of today’s Reading Achievement Test? Was it easy or hard? How do you think you did on it? Were you ready? What could we have done in class to make you more ready for today’s test?
#42: We're now in tornado season. We've had our Severe Weather Drill. What is the worst weather you have ever experienced personally? Where were you? How old were you? Describe the weather and the experience.
#43: What would you think of wearing uniforms for school? What would be good about it? What would be bad about it?
#44: Some schools have gone to year-round schools. This system includes two weeks off after each quarter, but only a five week summer break. What do you think of this idea? What would be good about it? What would be bad?
#45: This year we're doing airbands again after a year or two off. Do you think they are a good thing or not? What are the good aspects of this kind of contest? What are some of the bad things? Are you going to compete? Why or why not?
#46: Tuesday's story was about the facts of life, as in some of the hard parts of getting along in this world. Do you think parents should let their children see struggles like money problems etc. or should they protect them from worrying about these things until they're older? What age should children start learning this kind of information?
#47: What is your favorite thing to do on vacation? Do you do like to do outdoor things or indoor things? Do you like travel or just stay home and vegetate? What would you imagine the perfect day on a perfect vacation to be?
#48: What is your favorite book? When did you read it? Why is it your favorite?
#49: Three of our stories this quarter have dealt with animals ("The Flood," "Appetizer," and today's story "The Battle by the Breadfruit Tree"). What is your best animal story? What is the most exciting or funniest thing that happened to you that involved an animal? If you don't have any good story, make one up.
 
#50: What advice would you give to next year's 8th graders? What are some things that helped you get through this year? What do you wish you had done differently? What things are you glad you did?
 


Questions? Comments?  Email me at jrauschenberg@loganhocking.k12.oh.us

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