• Task 1
    Read poem "A Slice of Life" by Katherine T.  
    Write as quickly as you can for 2-3 minutes all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow one of the lines and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking.  Think about "adolescence," and describe the time period in your life.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can.)
     
    Task 2 
    Read poem "Dandelions" by Graeham D.
    Write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line from this poem and write as quickly as you can all that the line brings to mind, letting the line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 3
    Read poem "Jen" by Jeff B.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can about any experience this brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line from this poem and write for 2-3 minutes, letting the line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 4
    Read poem "That Girl" by Gary Soto from A Fire in My Hands
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that Soto's words bring to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that comes to mind, letting the line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 5
    Read poem "Time Somebody Told Me" by Quantedius Hall from You Hear Me? Edited by Betsy Franco
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you call all that comes to mind, letting the line lead your thinking.  Borrow the line "Time Somebody Told Me..." and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking, or write about all that you wish someone did tell you.
     
    Task 6
    Read poem "Within" by Lindsay H.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting your thinking follow that line.
     
    Task 7
    Read poem "Moon Mission: To-Do List" by Samuel L.
    In Samuel's style and as quickly as you can, write a "to do" list based on something you know how to do well (assemble a motor, put together a motorbike, skateboard, prepare to go hunting, get dressed to play hockey, dance, surf, etc.).  End it with a list of some of the things you're made to do to show the irony in the comparison.  Write out as quickly and as specifically as you can all that Samuel's words bring to mind for you.
     
    Task 8
     Read poem "Waiting for the Splash" Selected by Paul Janeczko
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line, and write from that line as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting this line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 9
    Read poem "School Daze" by Jay S.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that the line brings to mind.  Think about all you are expected to know and do, and write as quickly as you can all those things that come to mind (home, school, music, sports, etc.). 
     
    Task 10
    Read poem "Just Me, the Ball, and the Basket" by Dipta B.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that Dipta's words bring to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 11
    Read poem "He Shaved His Head" by Rene Ruiz from You hear Me? Edited by Betsy Franco
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that comes to mind, letting the line lead your thinking.  Change the pronoun "he" to the first person "I," the second person "you," or the third person "she," and write about something that person did, and why, as quickly and as specifically as you can.
     
    Task 12
    Read the poem "A Day in July" by Janet M.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can about anything this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow the line "Do you remember? I do" and write as quickly as you can all that the line brings to mind.  Borrow any line and write for 2-3 minutes all that the line brings to mind for you.
     
    Task 13
    Read poem "Insanity" by Gaston Dubrois from American Sports Poems Selected by R.R. Knudson & May Swenson
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can about any activity, trying this list technique.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can about whether you agree or disagree with the title as a description of football. 
     
    Task 14
    Read "Rambling Autobiography" by Linda RiefFor 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can you own "rambling autobiography."  For 2-3 minutes write as quickly and as specifically as you can about any one thing this brought to mind for you.  If you're stuck for starters, borrow any phrase and write off that, such as 
    • "I was born at...during...when..." 
    • "...playing with matches..."
    • "I can still smell..."
    Task 15
    Review "Liver" drawing  by Jim B. which tells the story of his disgust for liver and his attempts to get rid of it by giving it to the dog, who will have nothing to do with it, either.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly and as specifically as possible all that this story brings to mind for you.  Draw as quickly as possible (use stick figures if you prefer) all that Jim's experience brings to mind for you. 
     
    Task 16
    Read poem "First Television" by Heejung K.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can about all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that comes to mind, letting the line lead your thinking.  Think of some electronic device that has taken over your life or the life of a friend.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that you like, or all that you miss, as a result. 
     
    Task 17
    Read poem "Hockey" by Scott Blaine from Grab Me a Bus...and Other Award Winning Poems
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking.
     
    Task 18
    Read "When She Was Fifteen" by Linda Rief.
    Start with the first line, "When I was ___(any age) I believed..." and write as quickly and specifically as you can about what you believed at that age.  For 2-3 minutes, write everything this brings to mind for you, thinking specifically of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch associated with those happenings or people.  Change the "she" to "I," "he," or "you" and write as quickly as you can all that comes to mind when you change the pronoun.  Let the writing take you where it wants to go even if it is not the truth. 
     
    Task 19
    Read "Flaws?" by Owen A.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this piece brings to mind for you.  Think of someone you know who may have been made fun of in some way.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that you remember about the way this person was treated. 
     
    Task 20
    Read poem "Swinging the River" by Charles Harper Webb from Preposterous Selected by Paul Janeczko.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking. 
     
    Task 21
    Read "When I Was Young at the Ocean" by Linda Rief.
    Think of a place that you love (mountains, sitting in an oak tree, a fort, lake, etc) and write as quickly as you can about all that you see, smell, touch, hear, and do there.  Borrow Rylant's line "When I was young in the...(or at the...)" and write as quickly as you can all that comes to mind about that place. 
     
    Task 22
    Read poem "Ringside" by Ron Koertge from Heart to Heart Edited by Jan Greenberg.
    Think about all this poem brings to mind for you and write your own "Stag at Sharkey's" as specifically and as quickly as you can.  Borrow the line "It all started when..." and write as quickly as you can for 2-3 minutes.  Borrow any line from the poem and write as quickly as you can, in any direction it takes you, for 2-3 minutes.
     
    Task 23
    Read "Syneros hinged Mountain Head Stem" by Trapper S.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this description brings to mind for you.  Trapper is really knowledgeable about mountain bikes.  Write as quickly and as specifically as you can about something you do and know well. 
     
    Task 24
    Read poem "Owl Pellets" by Ralph Fletcher from I Am Wings
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.  Borrow Fletcher's words. "Certain things are just about impossible to swallow..." and write as quickly and as specifically as you can all that line brings to mind.  Borrow any line from this poem and write as quickly as you can all that comes to mind. 
     
    Task 25
    Read poem "I need to find a place" by Emily G.
    For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that comes to mind, when you read this poem.  Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting the line lead your thinking.