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  • Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); as, “a precocious child”; “a precocious achievement.”
  • (Botany) Flowering or fruiting early.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is precocious.

Art Prompt: Precocious

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe. –Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest kitchen accident you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Kitchen mishap

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a mistake in the kitchen.

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During his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry conducted an affair with Mary Boleyn, Catherine’s lady-in-waiting. There has been speculation that Mary’s two children, Henry and Catherine Carey, were fathered by Henry, but this has never been proved, and the King never acknowledged them as he did Henry FitzRoy.
In 1525, as Henry grew more impatient with Catherine’s inability to produce the male heir he desired, he became enamoured of Mary Boleyn’s sister, Anne, then a charismatic young woman of 25 in the Queen’s entourage. Anne, however, resisted his attempts to seduce her, and refused to become his mistress as her sister Mary Boleyn had. It was in this context that Henry considered his three options for finding a dynastic successor and hence resolving what came to be described at court as the King’s “great matter”. These options were legitimising Henry FitzRoy, which would take the intervention of the pope and would be open to challenge; marrying off Mary as soon as possible and hoping for a grandson to inherit directly, but Mary was considered unlikely to conceive before Henry’s death; or somehow rejecting Catherine and marrying someone else of child-bearing age. Probably seeing the possibility of marrying Anne, the third was ultimately the most attractive possibility to the 34-year-old Henry, and it soon became the King’s absorbing desire to annul his marriage to the now 40-year-old Catherine. It was a decision that would lead Henry to reject papal authority and initiate the English Reformation. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in a royal court full of intrigue.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe that the church and the state should both be involved in marriage?

Art Prompt: Anne Boleyn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the King’s Great Matter and how it has affected the world to this day.

Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, said bullying and youth violence expert Dorothy L. Espelage.

Espelage recently led a five-year study that examined links between bullying and sexual harassment among schoolchildren in Illinois. Nearly half — 43 percent — of middle school students surveyed for the study reported they had been the victims of verbal sexual harassment such as sexual comments, jokes or gestures during the prior year…

…While verbal harassment was more common than physical sexual harassment or sexual assault, 21 percent of students reported having been touched, grabbed or pinched in a sexual way, and 18 percent said peers had brushed up against them in a suggestive manner.

Students also reported being forced to kiss the perpetrators, having their private areas touched without consent and being “pantsed” — having their pants or shorts jerked down by someone else in public.

About 14 percent of the students in the study reported having been the target of sexual rumors, and 9 percent had been victimized with sexually explicit graffiti in school locker rooms or bathrooms.
Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a middle school child who is being sexually harassed.

Journaling Prompt: Journal about an embarrassing incident that happened when you were in middle school.

Art Prompt: Sexual harassment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem with sexual harassment among teens.

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There was a shop in London called Merlin’s Mechanical Museum, run by this crazy guy John-Joseph Merlin, with all these incredible mechanical contraptions. Merlin also had an upstairs attic where he kept special things. There he had an automated dancer who was very elegant and had these humanlike movements. In 1801, an eight-year-old boy is brought to Merlin’s Museum by his mother. Merlin senses something interesting in this kid, so he invited him and his mom into the upstairs attic and showed the boy the automated dancing lady. The boy was completely taken in and later writes in his memoirs how she had an alluring appeal for him.

That little boy was Charles Babbage, who many years later continues his obsession with automation, like the new industrial machines proliferating across northern England, and writes a seminal book about them that influences Karl Marx. Eventually, Babbage starts thinking about how you can take that kind of machinery and use it for computation and calculation. He designs two machines that are rightly considered the first programmable computers. –Fun and Games Led to Some of the World’s Greatest Inventions by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a young child who is inspired by a toy and changes the world.

Journaling Prompt: What was the most inspiring thing that you remember from your years as a child.

Art Prompt: Inspiring toys

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of how toys have inspired inventions.

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On the morning of November 6, 2011, Sky Elijah Metalwala (born September 6, 2009) of Redmond, Washington, United States, was reportedly sick. His mother, Julia Biryukova, said she put him and his older sister in the car along a Bellevue street to go to a nearby hospital; along the way she stated that she ran out of gas, leaving Sky in the car while she went to get help; when she returned he was gone and has not been seen since.

The situation was reported to police, who soon came to doubt Biryukova’s account since her car was found to have enough gas in its tank and was in working order. It also shared similarities with an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that had been rebroadcast in the Seattle area the night before. Shortly before, Biryukova had decided to withdraw from a mediated custody agreement that was the last stage of an acrimonious divorce from Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala. Solomon has remained active in assisting police with the investigation, believing Sky’s disappearance was related to the custody dispute.

Biryukova has been less cooperative with the police, although she claims to have no more idea than her ex-husband of what happened to Sky. Although there have been allegations that she neglected Sky when he was in her custody, and state child-welfare agencies have tried to remove a child she had with a later husband with a history of abuse, police have made a “strategic decision” not to charge her with child endangerment for leaving her son in the car on the day he disappeared, to keep their options open if they learn more about Sky’s fate. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a missing child where the parent(s) is/are the suspects.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about parents who harm or kill their children? How do you feel about people who are accused of this with no proof?

Art Prompt: Missing child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a famous missing child case.

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On January 30, 1962… three schoolgirls at a small, mission-run boarding school in the village of Kashasha (Tanganyika) started laughing.

That would be nothing special in and of itself, of course — it would be very difficult to find a school where a single day goes by without a group of three or so girls (or boys, for that matter) laughing at something. And what happened next in Tanganyika is, similarly, a non-story: more children laughed.

And more, and more, and more. At one point, 95 of the 159 students in the school were caught up in the laughing craze — with no explanation. The laughter was not prompted by a joke or silly event, or, really, anything. It just seemed to spread haphazardly much like a virus. And it was not a simple “hah” here or there. Those struck with the giggles laughed for hours on end, and some were laughing for days. In total, according to researcher Christian F. Hempelmann, Kashasha and surrounding villages were overcome with uncontrollable laughter intermittently for over a year, and perhaps as long as 18 months. Over a dozen schools temporarily closed because students were too distracted to learn, and about 1,000 people were laughing, uncontrollable, and seemingly without any cause for jest. –Dan Lewis, Now I Know newsletter

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story driven by an unusual contagion.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel after uncontrollable laughter.

Art Prompt: Laugh Attack

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the benefits of laughter.

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