We've worked with institutions to develop a variety of writing, drawing, and discussion prompts. Here are just a few ideas.
Sample Writing Prompts
After visiting the Portal today, I am feeling…
What surprised me most about the Portal visit today is…
If I had two more minutes in the Portal, I would have…
Some questions I still have after our Portal visit are…
Dear (person I met in the Portal)...
Sample Drawing Prompts
Blind contour drawing - draw something without looking at the paper and while looking at your partner in the Portal
Back to back drawing - sit back to back with someone in the Portal and describe an object they must draw
Sample Research Prompts
Given the political/economic issues of this country, what are some key issues to investigate?
How can Portals help build bridges between the United States and this country?
Research and write a brief historical study, focusing on the art or literature of a particular country.
Examine a particular moment in the history of this country and prepare a Power Point presentation for the class.
Read the newspaper to find out what is happening in this country today.
Sample Discussion Prompts
The tried and true prompt for a Portal discussion is: What would make today a good day for you?
What does a perfect day look like? (Talk, write, draw…)
For what are you most grateful?
Of what are you most proud?
What would you like to tell us about your culture?
What do you hear about American culture?
What is a treasured memory for you?
What do you think is most important in a friend?
What is something we both share?