This packet has 10 writing prompts to help students write about love, loneliness, boredom, death, and happiness. Each page has a wildlife photo of a dragonfly on a tree, a moth on a flower, a millipede under a log, turtles basking in the sun, a fallen tree, flowers in a field, a wolf spider and her egg sac, a soldier beetle on a flower, or tent caterpillars climbing a tree. If you want students to think about big issues, then consider these writing prompts:
FREEDOM: I watch them wander by, free to roam, free to stay, free to fly. And here I am, stuck, miserable, angry. I am not happy. Why me? Why this torture, this isolation, this pain? Why can’t I be free?
DEATH: The millipede only thought of escape, as the brightness exposed her to danger and death. Get away! Flee! I must not be taken alive.
LOVE: The yellow-bellied slider enjoyed basking in the sun’s warmth. He liked the silent comfort that this log provided, time to daydream, time to travel among things that were not, ideas, fantasies, dreams of her. And then, with a gentle splash, she arrived.
LONELINESS: The soldier beetle watched the clouds pass, occasionally broken up by a hawk, or a vulture, or the occasional raven. He tired of being alone. He wanted a friend, someone to talk to, someone to laugh with, someone that would let him be himself. But no one cared. No one stopped by. He was alone and he hated life.
Take a look at the Preview to see if these writing prompts are something you would like to use to help students deal with the frustrations and trauma of life. When a turtle or moth or centipede expresses their inner turmoil, it makes it safe for a student to share how they feel about the important things in life.
If you want more WRITING activities, then take a look at the others in this series:
Wildlife Creative Writing Prompts
Writing Prompts: Freedom, Death, Love, Loneliness, Boredom and Happiness
Story Starters for Gifted Writers
Thinking and Writing about Nature and Wildlife (Introspection)
End of Year Wildlife Writing