Narrative Essay Prompts:
* Think of your favorite memory. It might be from a family event, a vacation, a dance, a class, a sport or something you did by yourself. Write a narrative essay that conveys the event and why it was so special to you. Make sure it has a beginning, middle and end.
* Think of the first time that you ever did something. It might be the first time you played an instrument, the first time you slept over at someone else’s house, the first time you performed on stage, the first time you kissed someone. How did you feel leading up to the event? During? After? Write a narrative essay that describes the event and expresses how it made you feel.
* Think about a time when you were unprepared for something like a paper, speech, play, lesson or game. How did you feel when you realized you had forgotten to do or bring the work? Write a narrative essay with a beginning, middle and end that details the experience.
* Think of a time when you set a difficult goal for yourself. Write a narrative essay where you describe the experience and how it made you feel. What was the goal, how did you prepare, work or study, and did you achieve it?
* Think of a time that you lied or broke the rules. Why did you do it, who did you lie to, and did you get away with it? How did you feel before, during and afterwards? Write an essay about it with a beginning, middle, and end.

Writing Prompts for Literary Analysis:
1. One of the most revealing types of conflict occurs when a character’s inner struggles are resolved at great personal price. Often, the character learns a lesson, but too late to help himself or another character. Explain how, in the work that you read, a character struggles but fails to learn a lesson in time, and thus, serves as an example for the reader. In your essay, focus on the conflict within the character. Be sure to include the price paid as part of the resolution and the lesson to be learned.
2. Often in literary works, authors choose a physical object which takes on a special significance in the work and becomes a symbol of something beyond itself. Show how, in the work that you read, the author uses a symbol to convey an important meaning. In your essay, focus on the symbol and what it symbolizes. Be sure to discuss how the author uses it to convey a message to readers. You may choose three important symbols from the novel, or you may choose to elaborate on one symbol in all three body paragraphs.
3. Authors often use descriptive details to develop a setting for several purposes. In an essay, explain how the setting of your book related to events from the plot, related to characters, or built suspense. You may write one body paragraph about each aspect of setting, or you may chose to elaborate on one particular aspect (plot, character, suspense) in all three body paragraphs.
4. What is the theme of the novel? In your introduction, state the theme of the novel. In your thesis, explain how the theme is developed. In your body paragraphs, give specific examples of scenes from the novel in which the author developed the theme.
5. Discuss the author’s use of figurative language. Identify three examples of figurative language from the novel. Why did the author use these examples? What impact does the figurative language have on characterization, description of setting, mood, foreshadowing, theme, or the novel overall? In your essay, use a different example in each body paragraph. Be sure to explain the significance of each use of figurative language.

Quotes Prompts:
• We are impossibility in an impossible universe. – Ray Bradbury
• Always laugh when you can. It is Cheep medicine. – Lord Byron
• A minute’s success pays the failure of years. – Robert Browning
• Everything has got a moral if you can only find it. – Lewis Carroll
• Man is what he believes. – Anton Chekhov
• Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so. – Lord Chesterfield
• There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.  – Salvador Dali
• Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.  – Robert Fripp
• When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.  – Stanislaw Lec
• The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.  – George Orwell

Writing ideas:
• Cellular phones
• Describe a historic place
• Color blindness
• Slang
• Stages of relationships
• Love
• Flirting/killing time??
• sincerity
• Gambling
• Smoking
• Favorite place
• Favorite food
• Favorite actor
• Favorite book
• Favorite actress
• Favorite car
• Sports
• Explain the benefits of drinking milk.
• Tell us how to make a new friend.
• Favorite film
• Favorite teacher
• Top Internet searches
• Who says that crime doesn’t pay?
• My dream holiday
• Does wearing the Hijab (the scarf worn over the head) give a Muslim woman more freedom?
• Just how long do we expect to live?
• Healthy Eating
• What I’d do if I won the lottery
• How cheap will PCs become?
• Is an owl really wise?
• A day in the life of a Beluga Whale
• Cats and lions – how do they compare?
• How to set a formal dinning table
• How to make your own valentine card
• How to change a baby’s diaper
• How to tie a tie
• How to make your own facial
• Animal Rights
• Are there Angels among us?
• Books: are they a thing of the past
• Brand Names cost more, but is the quality any better
• Chat Rooms: Are they safe
• Cloning
• Conservation and Recycling: Is it Important
• Divorce: Does it destroy children
• Drug
• Drunk Driving
• Ghosts: Are they real
• Human Cloning
• Illiteracy: Is it a problem
• Mothers should stay at home
• Nuclear Weapons
• Organ Transplants
• Privacy rights for Celebrities
• Speed Limits
• Steroids
• Smoking in public places
• Terrorism
• Women in the Military
• Wrestling and Football: Should girls be allowed?
• Donate organs
• Cartoon characters
• Animal Rights
• Ghosts: Are they real
• Are there Angels among us?
• Books: what to read?
• Cat Walk
• The Bermuda Triangle
• Describe a sport that people are not familiar with

Writing Prompts for Of Mice and Men:
RELATIONSHIP OF GEORGE AND LENNIE:
The fact that they “string along together” is unusual in the world of ranch hands. Discuss the nature of George and Lennie’s relationship, their motivations for traveling together and explore both the positive and negative aspects of it. Support your ideas through concrete details and commentary, including a thoughtful evaluation of what George does to Lennie at the end.

CONFLICTS:
Explore both the internal and external conflicts in Of Mice and Men. Identify the various minor conflicts through concrete details and analyze how they fit into the central conflict and move the plot along. Include a description of the climax, explaining how it is the turning point of the central conflict and what the outcome is. Conclude your essay with a brief analysis of how the outcome of the central conflict illustrates a theme in this novella.

CHARACTER FLAWS or CIRCUMSTANCES?
Just like the Burns’ poem states, many of the characters in Of Mice and Men have schemes that “come to nought.” What is the chief reason why they end up with “grief and pain” instead of “promised joy”? Identify the dreams of three to four of these characters: George, Lennie, Candy, Curley’s wife and Crooks. Explain why these plans are so important to each one and analyze whether it is their character flaws or the overpowering circumstances that doom each one’s dream.

CIRCULAR PLOT STRUCTURE:
Much of the plot in the novel is cyclical, as are the lives of the characters. The story opens and closes in the same spot, the men’s lives consist of fruitless routines (work – earn money – spend money in the flop house), several chapters begin and end with the same setting and mood and chapter 3 and 4 mirror each other with hope of a bright future being ruined first by Curley and then by Curley’s wife. Your thesis should state Steinbeck’s purpose in using a circular structure (e.g. a dead end existence) and support it through detailed examples and commentary.

ALLEGORY:
Of Mice and Men can be categorized as an allegory because the characters and plot represent concepts different from the literal meaning of the story. The ranch can be considered a miniature model of society. Discuss how at least three characters in this novella symbolize a particular group in society (e.g. the oppressors, the rulers, the handicapped, the working man, the outsiders, the segregated, the stereotyped, etc.) Include concrete details and commentary for each character as you support your ideas of what he/she symbolizes.