Video Writing Prompts: Urban Pigeon Racing

 

K-2: Animal Animation

Pigeons are a type of bird commonly found in cities.  What is your favorite animal? Where does it usually live?  Draw a picture of it in its home.


3-5:  Physical Traits of Racers

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Animal racing has been around for thousands of years. Pigeons are not usually the first animals that come to mind when you think of animals that race. Horses, dogs and even ostriches are known as racing animals.

 

Why traits do these animals possess that make them suited for racing? Why do you think people enjoy watching races?


6-8: Messages for Carrier Pigeons

Before the internet, phones or even the telegraph, pigeons were used to send messages to people who lived far away. Imagine that you live in the time before these technologies exist and you can only communicate via carrier pigeon.

 

Write a letter to a friend that moved away. You should describe your day-to-day life WITHOUT any technologies. How would you spend your time? What things would you do for fun?

 

9-12: After-School Activities Agenda

This video featured a few former gang members and convicts. They explained how participating in pigeon racing brought about a positive lifestyle change.

 

Imagine you are a leader of a youth organization for troubled teens.   You must plan a full week’s worth of activities, one activity per day. What activities do you think they would enjoy that would keep them away from their troubled habits?  Describe what you activity you would plan for each day, where it would take place and how it would have a positive impact on students.


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