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Live Inspired Writing Journals


8 min starter Journals / Grammar Rule per week

Week 1 Teaching: How re-write a question and into a complete sentence

W1: , but + start sent w/ capital + end sent. w/period

W2: , but + start sent w/ capital + end sent. w/period + I’m  

W3: , but + start sent w/ capital + end sent. w/period + I’m + all contractions

W4:   all above + ;however,

W5:   all above + coordinators

W6:   all above + ,which and that

W7:   all above +  colon (lists)

W8:   1. Testing all week on above lists  (Give a paragraph or two that needs fixing, students

work all week to find all fixes)

2. Students write a perfectly grammatical paragraph


Use my instagram quotes on the right of every page as the topics:


Example quote: “Don’t let others who have given up on their dreams, talk you out of yours.”

Example sentence starter:   “When I read the quote, “(write quote here),” it makes me feel/think ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________.

This quote speaks to me because _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________.

Example write up: 

“When I read the quote, “(Don’t let others who have given up on their dreams, talk you out of yours.),” it makes me think about Donald Soder who is a surfer in my town.  The other day, he was putting me and a bunch of guys down for shooting surf photos at some local secret waves.  Donald, one of the best surfers in town, maybe the best…maybe, but anyway, he was being really disrespectful and trying to cut down my dreams of being in the surf world.  The thing is, he’s over 40 years old now and fading.  He’s starting to see that other people will soon take his reign as the best surfer in town.  It seems like he’s given up on his dreams to still be in the surfing industry, but why should that effect me?  My goals should be my goals and have nothing to do with his thoughts about my dreams and goals, right?

This quote speaks to me because it’s just the perfect advice that I need at this point in my life.  I’ve really wanted to be a big part of the surf industry, and I’ve made it a very long way by being determined and putting my head down.  There is a lot of drama in the surf industry because there is so little room at the top.  However, that isn’t my problem.  If I have the determination to make it, that only has to do with me.  I love this quote because it inspires me right now, right this second, to stay true to myself.  I will always push hard towards high level goals, just for the idea of pushing myself hard!  Here we go!!!

Literary Devices Quiz

Literary Terms

In Each of the videos Below, describe what literary devices are being used. 


Answer Starter:  The literary device used in this ad was.  They used this literary device when__________________________________________.

2.  When you make a reference to something from the past to give the reader a clearer picture of the future, this is the literary device _____?

3.  My cell phone danced and jumped as it buzzed across the table when my girlfriend was calling.  It must have been as excited to talk to her as I was!

Answer Starter:  The literary device used in this example is____________.

4.  My car was a streak of lightning across the dark freeway.

Answer Starter:  The literary device used in this example is ___________.

5.  I was starring at the newly cleaned window of my bedroom, when all of the sudden there was a huge “BAP!” and “SPLAT!” against the see-through glass.  Another fly bites the dust!

Answer Starter:  The literary device used in this example is _____________

Literary Devices

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1. Alliteration: It refers to the same consonant sounds in words coming together. For example:

Better butter always makes the batter better.
She sells seashells at seashore.

2.  Allusion:  an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

3.  Foreshadowing:   is an advance sign or warning of what is to come in the future.

4.  Hyperbole: It is deliberate exaggeration of actions and ideas for the sake of emphasis. For example:

Your bag weighs a ton!
I have got a million issues to look after!

5.  Simile and Metaphor: Both compare two distinct objects and draws similarity between them. The difference is that Simile uses “as” or “like” and Metaphor does not. For example:

He is an old fox very cunning. (Metaphor)

“My love is like a red red rose” (Simile)

6. Personification: It gives a thing, an idea or an animal human qualities. For example:

The flowers are dancing beside the lake.
Have you see my new car? She is a real beauty!

7.  Onomatopoeia:  When a writer spells out a word that makes a sound.  For example:  “BAM!”  or “Meep Meep.”