This no-prep resource includes 8 prompts inspired by quotes about kindness, empowerment, and positive thinking! #kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths
Your kids will be thinking critically about character and mindset as they write responses to thought-provoking prompts and inspiring quotes. Quotes listed below; download resource to see prompts:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
- Booker T. Washington
“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
― Lemony Snicket
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
The prompts are provided as notebook inserts you can print, cut, and have students glue into writers’ notebooks, or staple to notebook paper. There are 3-5 per page to minimize copies needed. I've also included a lined page for copies, if desired.
The prompts were created as quick writes for the first 5-10 minutes to start class.
I typically give students the option of a free-write response to the quotes where they can write anything they like related to, or inspired by, the quote: interpret it, explain how it applies to their lives, argue for/against it, etc.
However, some students welcome a prompt to focus their thoughts, so one is included for every quote. This gives students the option of going their own way or responding to the given prompt. (You may ask students to cross out the prompt and write “free write” to avoid any confusion if you plan to grade – or for parents who might read it after the fact and wonder why their child didn’t respond to the prompt.)
I don’t read every quick write; I give them a completion grade to keep students accountable. In addition, at the end of every 1 – 3 weeks, ask students to review their quick write responses over that period and choose one to turn into a final draft piece. This piece is graded as any final draft would be, and gives you some variety in the essays you’ll have to assess!
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