Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.
Writers are keen observers. They can bring readers into the midst of exciting action and scenic beauty. We wrote about hearing and seeing our surroundings. Today we are going to concentrate on the sense of taste. Taste ties us to many memories and impressions. The sweet taste of raspberry Italian ice brings me to a hot summer day, sticky rivers of ice running down my hand and squinting in the sunny glare. Usually, taste and smell are closely tied together. It is very difficult to separate smell and taste, but for the sake of practice, let’s target tastes. Lollipops can be our props. We enjoy a lollipop at room temperature. They are fun to roll in our mouths, giving us pause to concentrate on tasty words. Ask for a small lollipop while you are journaling today.
I added a tasty word box you can reference.
- Primary Prompt: Draw a picture of you eating a lollipop. What flavors are you tasting? Draw those flavors around the picture. Perhaps you are tasting a sweet strawberry, tangy kiwi, or a smooth buttery flavor. Draw those foods around the lollipop. Label the pictures you drew. Write sentences about the lollipop flavors.
- Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate Prompt: Ask someone to place several unwrapped lollipops in a mug upside down so that only the sticks are poking out. Close your eyes, pick one stick, and pop the lollipop in your mouth. Enjoy the flavors. List the tasty words you are savoring. Does the taste of the lollipop remind you of a season, a memorable event, or a food you especially like? Write about the sensations and memories you are feeling. Include how you feel after you ate that lollipop.
Until tomorrow, Everyone.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.