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Creative Thinking Prompt: Write A Musical Autobiography


Creative Thinking Prompt: Write A Musical Autobiography

How might a series of songs represent your life?

As you begin to plot your autobiography, jot down songs or sounds that might represent you or an event in your life.

Step 1: Write out your timeline

  1. You can start with your birth or include a little bit of your family history.
  2. Think about events that changed you.
  3. Think about how you will organize your timeline. Do you want a song for each year of your life or certain life events?
  4. Are there certain movies or TV shows that “define” parts of your life?
  5. End your timeline with at least one future goal you have for yourself.

Step 2: Identify the characters in your life.

Are there particular songs or sounds that can represent people and/or things in your life?

  1. What were your favorite toys, activities, games, or books? What song or sound can represent these?
  2.  Did or do you have a favorite pet?
  3. How might your sibling(s) or being the only child influence you?
  4. What about friends? Coaches? Others who have been mentors to you?
  5. How about your parent(s) or other family members that have been strong influences on you?

Step 3: Collect Songs and Sounds

  1. With an adult’s help, download the songs you have chosen. Make sure you legally download your music.
  2. Put the songs in order of your timeline.
  3. Add a title to your song mix such as “All About Max.”

Think Deeper: Write an autobiographical poem.

Visit these sites for free music downloads: (

  1. Jamendo Music

This is all independent music.  So if you’re looking for a big name artist, you’ll probably have to go elsewhere (try YouTube Music or Spotify).  Or pay at iTunes or Apple Music.

You’ll need a music downloader app to help organize it all (here’s a list of them).

Go to Jamendo Music here.

  1. PureVolume

PureVolume is a site that features lots of free music downloads from a range of different artists.

Check out PureVolume here.

  1. Amazon Music


Check out Amazon Music’s free music download section here.

  1. SoundClick

SoundClick offers free downloads from thousands of artist websites.  That includes signed, unsigned, independent, and everything in-between.

Manage your collection with a music downloader app.

Check out SoundClick here.

The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig”

Based on a true story about a rescued pig, Esther’s two dads were told she was a mini pig. But there was nothing mini about Esther.

She grew and grew and grew.

Esther often got into mischief. She made a mess in the garden.

She sneaked into the freezer and ate all the ice pops. But she would look into her dads’ eyes and that smile…it was love.

Eventually Esther, at over six hundred pounds, outgrew their tiny house. Her two dads bought property and created the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary for rescued animals.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and humor.

TITLE: The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane

ILLUSTRATOR: Cori Doerrfield

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative nonfiction


1) Imagine having a dinosaur as a pet. What adventures would you and your pet have? What mischief might your pet get into?

2) Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary is located in Canada. Explore animal sanctuaries in other countries. How do animal shelters in the United States differ and are similar than other countries’ shelter? What ways can you help rescued animals? 


To learn more about Esther the Pig, visit:

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Go Fly A Kite

Creative Thinking Prompt: Go Fly A Kite

No one knows when the first kite was made. Kites may have been made to send messages.

Other purposes were to test the wind, measure distances, and signaling. Kites can have many shapes.

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the phone, invented the tetrahedral kite?  He wanted to build a kite that could hold a man and a motor.

To read about Alexander Graham Bell and his kite, visit:

Before designing your kite, think about:

What shape do you want to use for your kite design?

How does the shape affect how your kite flies?

How might your kite design symbolically represent you?

What message could you send by flying your kite?

Who would you want to receive your message?

Remember as part of the inventing process, you may need to try out many different designs before you find one that works.

Happy Flying!


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