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Writing Prompts

Peace Poetry Project Prompts:

These prompts are only suggestions. Feel free to use them if you want to, or to invent your own prompt, or to “free write” a poem on the topic of peace.

Prompts for Grades K-4:

  1. Write a poem about all of the different ways you can feel peace. Consider what peace looks or sounds like, if it has a taste or smell, or what it might feel like if you could touch it.
  2. Who is someone that makes you feel peaceful? Write a poem about that person and why you think they are peaceful.
  3. How can we encourage peace in our everyday lives? Write a poem about the ways you can encourage peace at home, at school, and with friends.
  4. Close your eyes and think about peace. Write a poem about where you are and what you see.

Prompts for Grades 5-8:

  1. Write a poem in two parts: in the first part, imagine a place where conflict prevails. In the second part, reimagine this same place—but without the conflict. Try to use specific images to paint the picture.
  2. Write a poem about peace without using the word “peace” at all. Consider using all five senses (touch, sound, sight, taste, smell) to describe peace.
  3. Write a poem from the point of view of someone traveling the world trying to spread peace. Where might they travel? What might they see? What goals might they have?
  4. Why is peace important? Why is it something we should value? Write a poem in which you answer these questions.

Prompts for Grades 9-12:

  1. Write a poem where war doesn’t exist. You can think politically, socially, and/or economically in terms of the world or psychologically, physically, and/or emotionally in terms of the people. Consider using literary elements like metaphors, similes, or personification.
  2. Many people believe that teaching children about peace is the best way to spread it. Write a poem in the form of a letter to a younger child about peace, why it’s important, and/or how they can promote peace.
  3. Write a poem about a role model—real or fictional, alive or dead, someone famous or someone you know personally—who you feel exemplifies peace.
  4. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, peace is defined as a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity. Does this add to or take away from what you think about peace? Write a poem about how this affects your beliefs about peace and why it is important.