Amy Poehler Commencement Video Writing Prompts

 

K-2: Future Dreams

It may be hard to imagine, but someday you will (hopefully) be the graduate looking toward your future. What dreams do you hope to make happen?

 

Write down what you hope your future will be like. Will you be married with children? Will you have a fun, interesting job? Where will you live?

 

Bonus: Draw a picture of the future you!!

3-5: Better with Buddies

In her speech, Amy Poehler talks about how sharing experiences with friends makes you feel less afraid and braver. Share a time when you felt better because you had a friend to lean on.

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In 4-6 sentences, explain what you were doing, your original feelings about that experience, and how a friend helped you through it.

6-8: Your Improv Scene

Create a spur-of-the-moment improv scene. Make sure to include:

  • Setting (place and time for your scene) & potential props
  • Characters
  • 10 lines of dialogue between your characters

Remember to be creative!!!

9-12: Advice from Different Perspectives

Think about all the different roles you play - student, friend, son/daughter, brother/sister, etc.. Make a list of at least five different ways you see yourself.

 

Now, write down graduation day advice that you would share from each of these perspectives. As a student to a teacher, your advice will be different than as a friend to a friend. Really consider the different role you play in the life of the person with whom you are sharing this advice.

 

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