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northedelweiss:

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Creative Writing Prompt! / Research & create leaflet/ poster/ speech/ presentation

photoprompts:

Your story ends here. Write the beginning.

(via pagescorner)

stainedglasslife:

“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion.” 
-Peter Gray 

This would make for a very interesting writing prompt - tell the story through the eyes of the teddy…

stainedglasslife:

“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion.” 


-Peter Gray 

This would make for a very interesting writing prompt - tell the story through the eyes of the teddy…

Creative Writing Prompt: Tell the story, set the scene. What’s happening here? 5 senses etc.

(via malikaaaa)

voguelivingmagazine:

Vibrantly coloured butterfly specimens look set to fly away from this heritage-listed Sydney terrace.

From ‘Walls that Talk’, a story on page 212 of Vogue Living July/Aug 2012.

Photograph by Jason Busch.

Isn’t this lovely?

ana-ldr:

Candy Cigarette (Sally Mann)

1989

I’ve only recently discovered Sally Mann’s work, but I must say I am astonished. The complexities and controversy within her art is stunning. It would certainly make for an interesting discussion, whichever side of the fence you were on.

These are just incredible. Plenty of writing prompts here, amongst other fab uses.

Sand, under a 250x microscope. Absolutely fabulous, and shows just what story a handful of sand could tell us.
Sand, under a 250x microscope. Absolutely fabulous, and shows just what story a handful of sand could tell us.

msshrummsclassroom:

decomposingclassroom:

On a whim, I created a new class tradition yesterday: SCI-FI FRI! (Science Fiction Friday). Instead of a normal “Do Now” warm-up in class, Fridays’ will be visual, with more emphasis on creativity and wild imagination.

Huge hit. All the students were totally engaged, and it was awesome to see how they approached the writing prompt. Even better, two sixth grade girls volunteered to write me a Sci-Fi Fri theme song.

Notable quotes and conversations from the activity:

***

6th grade girl: Can my people have super-powers?

Me: Hmm…ok….one of them.

6th grade girl: [writes] 

1. One pretty strong 23-year old woman who has studied the moon for 10 years and knows how to make buildings from moon rocks.

2. A middle-aged man who can grow plants in an indoor environment.

3. A 13-year old girl who can turn anything into oxygen.

***

6th grade girl, writes:

20 people who know a lot about the moon.

Me: What other details are important about those 20 people?

Girl: Huh?

Me: Like, is it okay if they’re all 85-year old men who are complete moon experts?

Girl: Yeah!

Me: But… uh, what will happen to your civilization in 10 or so years?!

Girl: How would I know?

Me: Well, I’m just not sure you have the framework in place for this civilization to keep itself going for too long…

Girl: Oh yeah. I guess I’ll put some young people in there to have babies.

***

On the lists were a blend of skill specifications (“architects,” “expert botanists,” “engineers”), character traits (“a strong leader,” “a peace maker”) and specific people.

I made it onto a few of the 6th graders’ lists, which was hugely flattering, especially when one of them put me in the company of Bear Grylls and Barack Obama.

Me: So you’re going to kidnap the President and send him off on this mission with me and 18 others?!

Boy: Yup!!!

Love this! Can’t wait to see more!

Reblogging for the great idea!

jtotheizzoe:

Kepler (the telescope, not the long-dead astronomer) just found the first multi-planet system that orbits a multi-star system. Now would be the appropriate time to invoke the Tatooine references.

This reminds us not only are there just a ton of “habitable zone” planets, but that they also orbit multiple types of star systems. You name a star system, we can probably put a planet around it.

Think about this: As habitable zone planets become more and more numerous, what will we use as a more useful indicator of whether they could harbor life? Because just being in the right place is not enough.

(by nasaames)