Writing Prompts

7th grade

Use your composition notebook. Title the page with the prompt # and title. You do NOT have to re-write the prompt paragraph. Form at least 4 paragraphs to answer the prompt. Please use complete sentences. Use the back side of the page, and the next if you need to. (Add to the table of contents)

Prompt 1: How to Practice

Pretend that you’re writing a book on playing your instrument.  You’ve just gotten to the chapter called “How to Practice.”  Write a detailed summary of your practice routine.  What do you do first?  Second?  Why have you placed these activities in this order?  How often and how long should you practice?  How can you keep practicing interesting, and why is it important? (You can use a check list or bullets for part of your essay, but you’ll need to describe the process as well.)

Prompt 2: Create a Concert

Imagine that you’ve been asked to select music for a concert to be performed by the seventh grade band.  Considering the music we play and how we normally rehearse, what might you choose?  Would they be songs from the radio?  Classical music?  How many pieces would we play, and in what order?  What challenges might we face as we got ready and how long would it take?  Which is more important: choosing music that helps us become better musicians, or music that provides for an exciting concert?  Could the music you choose do both?

8th grade

Use your composition notebook – page 24. Title the page with the prompt # and title. You do NOT have to re-write the prompt paragraph. Form at least 4 paragraphs to answer the prompt. Please use complete sentences. Use the back side of the page, and the next if you need to.  (Add to the table of contents)

1. Conductor’s Crisis

The sweeping sound of an orchestra is created by many parts working as one. String, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments perform together to create the movie score for Star Wars or a Broadway overture for Beauty and the Beast. Imagine that you are a famous conductor, and your string (or brass or woodwind or percussion) section has gone on strike just before an important performance. The curtain is supposed to rise three hours from now! How will you save the show?

2. Make Me An Instrument

Personification is when you make an object think and act like a human. Use descriptive words and personification to write about what it’s like to be a musical instrument such as a piano, violin, guitar, or drum. You will be the instrument. What characteristics do you have? What kinds of sounds do you have and what feelings do you invoke?

3. Timberland Band

Imagine you are trying to start a rock band, praise band, or string quartet in the middle of a wild forest or jungle. What kinds of natural materials will you use to make instruments? What sorts of interruptions will you encounter during rehearsals? Write about how you will overcome these challenges and reach musical success.

4. If Beethoven came back to life today and heard his music being used to sell everything from cars to diapers, do you think he’d be happy that his music had reached such a wide audience or do you think he’d be disgusted that the music he worked on for so long was used in advertising?

5. Friedrich Nietzsche said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Do you agree or disagree? (think about all the music in TV, Movies, and video games.)

6. Pick a favorite line from a favorite song and write about what it means to you personally.