"Alexander And The Terrible Horrible Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst is an excellent creative writing assignment for junior high and/or high school students. And students LOVE to have a teacher read the book to them -- it seems to take them back to a simpler time in their lives and they LOVE it (at least my alternative high school students did). If you are not familiar with the story, Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair and his entire day is downhill from that point!! EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong does go wrong for poor Alexander. After the teacher reads the book to the students (or to themselves) give them the writing assignment. There are several general questions that relate to the story, and then four creative writing questions where the student reflects on his/her life and life experiences in a number of different ways. Have fun with this assignment. This could be a group assignment which would be fun too. (Feedback about item is really appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of SALES, FREEBIES and new items posted). Thank You!!