U is for Under

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.   

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What is under there? What treasures could be under the rock, the bed, or the planter? Are you surprised to find the missing Legos, a forgotten key, or the matching mitten to the one that has been lonely all winter under the sofa? So many real and not so real creatures can also reside under. Let’s go on an under hunt and journal about our new found treasures and discoveries.


  1. Primary Prompt:  Look under your bed or your sister’s bed or under the sofa. Pull what does not belong. Draw a picture of everything you found. Label. Write sentences about the treasures you found.
  2. Intermediate Prompt: Go on an Outside Under Hunt. Bring your journal. Look under anything around you and list what you find in your journal. When your hunt is over, write about the discoveries and treasures. Were there any surprises?
  3. Upper-Intermediate Prompt: Let’s exercise some imagination. Take a long look at a piece of furniture. Do you wonder what could be under it? Perhaps there was a colony of dust bunnies who are organizing, or there’s a secret world of creatures living off the crumbs left behind. Journal about the imaginary world under.

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.

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