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.
Weather takes on a significant role in our everyday lives. Weather dictates our plans and our expectations. It affects our moods as well.
Many journal writers use their weather reports to mark the day and cue of what is to come. Weather writing utilizes all of our senses. The volume of vocabulary to describe the weather is astounding. Descriptions go beyond the look of a clear sky, sound of the wind, or feel of the temperature. Haven’t you smelled the crisp air of snow on its way or tasted a summer day heavy with salt? Journaling the weather adds richness and dimension to writing and painting with words.
- Primary Prompt: Draw today’s weather. Include the trees and sky. Label everything in your picture. Now write about the weather like a weather reporter: Today’s weather is … Add a sentence about what you will do today.
- Intermediate Prompt: Take the time to observe today’s weather with all of your senses. Write a sentence for each sense to describe today’s weather. What do you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell?
- Upper-Intermediate Prompt: Take in today’s weather. Note the time of day. Use all of your senses to describe the weather. The fog leans heavily against the flower petals. Does the weather match your mood today? How?
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.