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These​ ​prompts​ ​are​ ​only​ ​suggestions.​ They can be used to inspire either a poem or an illustration.​Feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​use​ ​them​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​invent​ ​your​ ​own prompt,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​“free​ ​write”​ ​a​ ​poem​ ​or illustration 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Illustration Tips:

  1. Bold colors and defined edges/outlines are preferred, since they show up best in the calendar.
  2. Get creative with your images of peace.We often see lots of submissions containing hearts and doves; we tend to be struck by less expected personal images of peace.