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How Did this Peacock Lose Its Colors?

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Hello Inksters,

Happy Midsummer! It’s been way too long since we posted.

Your Inkspiration: 

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Yes, this is a peacock. Yes, it is white. We saw this peacock at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey a few years ago.

So how did this peacock lose its colors?

Or

How does the peacock get its colors?

Choose one of these questions and write away — right where you are!

Send in your stories, poems, explanations, plays, or songs. If you decide to color or paint the peacock, send your illustrations in as well.

Happy Creating, Inksters!

 

#2017ReadYourWorld

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Logo drawn by Logan

Hi Inksters!

Today’s inkspiration is linked to a book collection project. Logan, age 12, aims to collect 2,017 books that feature stories, settings, and characters from countries and cultures across the globe. Inspired both by Marley Dias’ #1000blackgirlbooks and by her own past bookraising projects that resulted in she and her brothers sending books to underserved children in Nigeria, Trinidad (through Ray of Hope), and to the Lund Home in Burlington, Vermont, Logan wants to collect even more books this time around. “Maybe if we read stories about people from parts of the world that are different from where we live,” Logan said, “we would understand and appreciate each other better.” Logan wants readers to enjoy seeing characters like themselves inbooks, and she wants young readers like herself to see the world beyond where they live. She hopes to collect books for children ages infant to YA.

As a part of #2017ReadYourWorld, Logan and other inksters will post book titles and reviews of books that will help us all travel through literature — right from where we are. They will also create writing inkspirations based on each book they review. Hopefully these books will inspire you to read and write where you are! 

If you have a book you would like to share with other inksters, please post a comment to this post with a title.

If you would like to review a book, please send your name, age, and review to inktopiakids@gmail.com and your review will be featured here at Inktopia Kids. Send along an inkspiration based on the book as well — a favorite line, a question, a theme, a favorite illustration or passage from the book.

If you would like to contribute a book to #2017ReadYourWorld, please send books to Inktopia Kids P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264.

Happy reading, writing, and globe trotting, inksters!

What is Your “Be”?

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Hello Inksters!

We believe that words and writing can inspire you to make the world a better place. Words and writing can help you imagine how you want to help make the world a better place. They can also inspire the people you share your words with. All you have to do is be willing to start just with yourself, right where you are!

Today’s Inkspiration is also the beginning of an Inktopia project — an on-going Inkspiration that asks you to respond to this question:

What is your “Be”?

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(image from Print and Use)

 

In other words,

  • Who do you want to be?
  • What do you want to be?
  • How do you want to be?
  • What do you wish the world to be?

So, what is your “Be”? Think about it. Then write it down in a way that reflects you.

  • Perhaps you’ll make a large, colorful sign that shouts your “Be” to everyone who sees it.
  • Perhaps you’ll write a small, quiet note to yourself in your Writer’s Journal recording what your “Be” is.
  • Maybe your “Be” will grow into a list poem, each line beginning with the word “Be” and expressing a different idea.
  • Perhaps you’ll draw an illustration to show your “Be” in action.

Be sure to share your “Be” statements here on this site! And visit again for more of our “Be” project in the coming weeks.

 

Letters to the President

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January 20th is Inauguration Day in the United States. This means that President Barack Obama leaves the White House after 8 years in office. What would you like to say to him? What do you want him to know as he leaves the White House? Michelle Obama is also stepping down from serving as the First Lady of the United States. What would you write in a letter to her? Take some time to write a letter to one or both of them.

Inauguration Day also means that the United States welcomes a new president to the White House. Perhaps you want to write a letter to Donald Trump. What would you like to say to him? What do you want him to know as he enters the White House? Take some time to write a letter to him.

Writing a letter is a special kind of Inkspiration. When you write a letter, you are writing to someone in particular. You are entering a conversation with them. You are letting them know that you are thinking about them enough to take the time to write to them. You are sharing what you are thinking or what is going on in your life and world. You are inviting the person you write to to write back and share something with you. Here is a letter page for to you use if you wish:

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Remember to send an image of your letters here for posting or to share your letter in a comment to this post.

Keep Writing, Inksters!

 

Create a Summer Commercial!

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Yummy Ice Cream at Purple Cow, Lawrenceville, NJ

So you want to convince your parents, finally, to get a dog. Or you need your siblings to believe that playing in their room is better than staying in yours. Or you really just want to convince your friends that a particular ice cream stand has the best mint chocolate chip ice cream around.

Well then — Create your own commercial!

For this week’s Inkspiration, choose an item, experience, or idea you want to convince someone of. Then write a script for a commercial in which you work to convince your audience.

Remember that being convincing is not just about focusing on getting what you want or a version of what you want. Being convincing involves taking the time to figure out how other people think and feel. How can you make them care about your product or idea? How can you help them imagine how cool it is?

You should also develop in your script a clear sense of a beginning, middle, and end of your commercial. What story do you want to tell that will help your commercial be convincing?

And an added challenge: try to incorporate SUMMER into your commercial!

Write your script in your Writer’s Notebook. Then perform your commercial live, or record your commercial to share it with others. Try to make your commercial 30-50 seconds.

Have fun! And send your creations along to share with other Inksters!

Listen While You Write

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Hi Inksters!

We hope this post finds you writing as part of our summer writing challenge. Remember the theme:

“My Inktopia Summer”

This Inkspiration will turn those notebook pages into sound recordings you can listen to!

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Find your way to a spot. Any spot. A spot somewhere in your home. Or outside on the stairs, stoop, porch, yard. On a swing at a playground. At a picnic table in a park. On the subway or bus. In the car as you head somewhere with your family. In your room. Wherever you want to spend a few moments, find your way there.

Settle in — sit, stand, strike a tree pose, recline — to that spot. Get Comfortable. Then close your eyes and tune in to the sounds of the spot you are in.

What sounds are traveling your way as you rest here? Focus first on the sounds in the space. Then allow your ears to reach for sounds just beyond your space — the sounds drifting in from another part of the house, or through the window, or from another part of the playground. Move from your very local place and work your way out. In what ways can you become more familiar with this specific spot by listening? Then, how far can your attention to sound take you as you use this spot as a hub of your attention? What sounds do your ears pick up? What sounds do you hear in other ways — you know, that rumbling sound of the truck passing by that makes your body rumble or vibrate, too. Notice, too, those ways that sound affects your body beyond your ears.

Just now, a butterfly fluttered past my window, its wings whispering through the still air. What sounds can you imagine that your ears can’t detect?

At any point during your listening time, open your notebook and record in words and images what you are able to listen to. How might you represent the sound of the wind blowing through trees? Make your words and those pages speak, sing, sound. Write words that will encourage readers to listen.

And remember to let us listen, too! Enjoying creating your own sonic Inktopias!

And remember to spread the ink! Share pages with us by taking photos of the page and sending the image as a jpeg to inktopiakids@gmail.com. For this inkspiration, you might think about sending recordings as well! We will post your Writer’s Notebook pages on our site. Help us fill our site with summer fun!

And if you are searching for a fun summer read full of listening, check out Lemniscates’ Silence.

 

 

Inktopia Kids’ Notebook Challenge

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Hi Inksters!

For this week’s Inkspiration, we are launching a summer writing challenge. From now until the end of August, we invited you to participate in Inktopia Kids’ first ever Notebook Challenge!

The theme is “My Inktopia Summer.”

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  • Pick up a clean writer’s notebook. Any size, any shape, purchased or self-made.
  • Prepare to write! Fill those pages with words you find that you like or that you are curious about. Fill them with stories or lines of poetry. Fill them with comments about your day.
  • Illustrate your writing anyway you choose.

Check Inktopia Kids for inkspirations each Monday and Thursday for the rest of the summer to help you fill those journals with your creativity.

Enjoying creating your own Inktopias in those notebooks! And remember to spread the ink! Share pages with us by taking photos of the page and sending the image as a jpeg to inktopiakids@gmail.com. We will post your Writer’s Notebook pages on our site. Help us fill our site with summer fun!