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Putting Penguin to Paper

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Hello Inksters!

Outside our window today there is snow, wind, cold, snow, and more snow! So what better topic to write about than…

Penguins!

Today, let’s put PENguin to paper with the help of another stunning photograph from Eva Ho:

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  • Note in your Writer’s Notebook what you see in the photo. Instead of colors, pay attention to the light in the photo and the shadows in the photo. See where your pen and your imagination takes you from there.

Other Writing Ideas:

  • There are so many penguins in this photo. Tell a story about the two penguins at the center of the photo. Where are they heading? Where have they been?
  • Choose another penguin in the photo and tell her or his story.
  • What if these penguins were somewhere else — On ice? On the beach? In the snow? On the moon? In your backyard? Tell that story.
  • For our smallest Inksters (and our oldest ones, too!): Print out this photo and spend some quiet time coloring it. Be sure to name the penguins!

Wherever you are, spend at least part of the day writing! Remember to share your creations here at Inktopia Kids!

Visit http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/ and search “penguins” to learn about all kinds of different species of penguins!

Ink This!

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Dear Inksters,

Welcome to this week’s Inkling — an idea worth writing about. Each week we will post Inklings that you can write about throughout the week. Have fun as you write, exercise those imaginations, and let those wonderful words grow into fantastic pieces on the page.

This week’s Inkling is this photograph from Eva Ho:

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Open your writing journal and see where this picture, your pencil, and your imagination all lead.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

  • What do you see in the photograph? Describe it. Remember to use all of your senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and, yes, tasting!)
  • What is happening in this photograph? Tell us.
  • Imagine yourself walking through the space between these rocks. What would you see during your journey? What temperature would you feel? What awaits you on the other side?
  • Every mountain has a “face” or “faces” — sides that have identifiable features like ridges, ravines, and cliffs. In this photograph, though, this formation looks like it does have a face. Who is the face in the mountain? Tell the face’s story.
  • A line to work with: “The face stretched underneath ribbons of rock.”

Want to share your imaginings with the rest of the Inktopia Kids community? Then remember to comment to this post. Or write us at inktopiakids@gmail.com.

Inksters and Parents: For more of Eva Ho’s amazing global photography, visit her website: http://500px.com/eva_ho

Writing Campers Ink This!: A Sandy Scene

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Hi Inksters!

Welcome to another day of Inktopia Kids Summer Camp! Today’s writing activity takes us back to a photograph we’ve seen before. Remember this photograph from Eva Ho?:

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What an amazing image! This week, the Inksters at summer camp wrote in response to this photograph. Here are a few pieces they created. First, a haiku by Heidi, age 9:

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And another haiku by Rania, age 9:

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And here’s a piece called “Beach House,” by Reina, age 9:

“The sand is inside the house. It looks like the beach is inside the house. It looks like I would love to live in this house. It looks like the clouds are near the sand on the floor in the house. It looks like the house is close to the beach. The only thing I usually don’t like about going to the beach is having the sun beam down on me all the time. If I lived in this beach house, I wouldn’t get sunburn!”

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Berlicia, also age 9, wrote this description: “Sand rippling through itself, coming out the door and bracing itself from the house. It was flowing and flowing…”

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And Logan, age 9, wrote this story:

“Once there was a war. Fires raged through towns.

Once a girl and her family hid. One girl. One mother. One father. Two brothers. Together.

Once wind blew the roof off. Sand shifted in through the open door.

And the girl and her family tried to stop the sand from burying them. Burying them from the world. And the sand kept cascading down.

Once there was a war. Houses burned to the ground last night.

When that was over, the girl and her family crept out. And joined the survivors.”

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Want to write your own piece in response to this photographic? Here is the original Ink This! writing prompt:

Ink This! Photograph by Eva Ho

We look forward to reading what you write about this sand-filled scene, too! And if you are inspired to take photographs, send those along as well. Just post it here as a comment to this post.

Happy Creating!

Ink This!

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This week’s Inkspiration features this image created by photographer Eva Ho.

Look carefully at this photograph. Soak it in. It is an image Eva Ho captured while traveling in Namibia. Go to a map and find out where Namibia is in the world. Then open your writing journal and see where this picture, your pencil, and your imagination all lead.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

  • What do you see in the photograph? Describe it.
  • What is happening in this photograph? Tell us.
  • Imagine what the sand sounds like. Then describe the sound and help your readers hear it the way you do.
  • Where do these doors lead?
  • Ask a question about the photograph. Then try to creatively answer that question.

Want to share your imaginings with the rest of the Inktopia Kids community? Then remember to comment to this post. Or write us at inktopiakids@gmail.com.

Inksters and Parents: For more of Eva Ho’s amazing global photography, visit her website: http://500px.com/eva_ho