Telling stories

In your family who tells the best stories? What is your favourite family story? Write about or explain the story. Storytelling tense tips Use the past tense to describe actions that happened in the past, or past habits. Use the past continuous tense to describe the background, or a long action that was interrupted by an event in … [Read more...]


Imagine a mother and her child. The child is misbehaving very badly. How does the mother try to get the child to behave, to do homework, eat dinner, go to sleep, and get up for school? Write or role-play the dialogue between the mother and the misbehaving child. Be as creative and crazy as you want! I love the jizo statues around Nikko … [Read more...]

A remote island

You have a chance to explore this remote, cloud covered island, in the right top corner of the photo. How do you get there? What do you find? What happens on your journey? Who do you take with you? What supplies do you bring? Use the present tense to write or speak about your journey, as if the reader was there with you, every step … [Read more...]

In the old days

What did you used to do when you were younger, that you don't do now? What did you used to eat or drink? What hobbies did you used to have? How did you used to spend your time? Did you reach any goals that you used to have, or have they changed over time? Write about or explain how your life and interests used to be, and how they … [Read more...]

Old dreams

Wishes and dreams change over time. I have hundreds of wishes and dreams that I used to wish would come true. Sometimes life moved in incompatible ways, sometimes I grew out of the wishes and dreams. Some of my childhood wishes were impossible to begin with - like finding a world full of magic and talking animals at the back of my wardrobe. I … [Read more...]

If I were you …

Give advice to these people who are in trouble. What would you do if you were them? For example: If I were you, .... Or, If I was Stacy, .... Stacy has just $30 to spend on groceries this week. John's house floods every time it rains heavily. Christine lives in a bushfire prone area and it's going to be a hot, windy summer. Wes … [Read more...]

A dark and deadly night

Write the opening of a murder-mystery novel or movie. Be detailed - set the scene and introduce your characters with descriptive language.  Hint at the motives and backgrounds of your characters. Leave the readers hungering for more! … [Read more...]

Running a country

If you were able run the government of your own country, what would it be like? How would you change the laws, the taxes, the military, as well as the education and health systems? What would you keep as government-run public facilities or utilities, and what would you make private? What would your government look like? How many … [Read more...]

Fine weather

How many weather-related words do you know? Build word trees or word lists for 'good' and 'bad' words about the weather. Do you know more negative or positive weather words? My negative list was more than four times larger than my positive list! … [Read more...]

Long time, no see!

You have just bumped into an old friend from school, that you haven't seen for at least 5 years. What will you say to each other? Some ideas: recent work and current workplace other people that you both know life changes or travels since you last spoke common hobbies and interests what you are doing right now … [Read more...]