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An Original & Personal Decalogue

This writing prompt generator was proposed by Nevada teacher Corbett Harrison while attending a teacher in-service sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project. Corbett--who loves assigning decalogues--also created a chapter book lessons based on Because of Winn Dixie that also uses decalogues.

Writer Instructions:

A decalogue (from Greek for ten and spoken) is a list of ten items, written down with the intention of some day, perhaps, being spoken aloud as proclamation.  Every  writer should have a self-composed decalogue.  Or two of them.  Or three.  Or even ten.  Your journal or your writer's notebook is a fantastic place to write new decalogues as you get ideas for them.

Create a list of ten personal thoughts about one topic.  First, create your list's title.  It should have the word I or my somewhere in the title to show that it's a personal list.  Then create ten items that fit with your list's title.  Use interesting details as you complete each item for your list.  Look at the two examples at the bottom of the page to see what is meant by "interesting details."

Don't have a topic to write to?  Are you sure?  If you really don't, press the button below until you find one that intrigues you enough to write to it.  Or make up your own after looking at the possibilities.

Personal Decalogue Topics to Choose from:





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