Assigning a how-to essay this time of year probably is not high on your priority list, but I wanted to give you something as a gift for Christmas that is from The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School.
No, this isn’t a commercial thinly disguised as an informational blog. I’m not asking you to buy anything. Just wanted to say, “Thanks for hanging in there with me this year.”
HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Dylan Thomas, a famous poet and author, wrote about his Christmas memories in the memoir essay “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” in which he remembers friends, toys, hijinks, relatives, and traditions of his childhood. His love of words and of the language makes this memoir a delight to read.
Below is an excerpt from it; you can read the whole memoir here and watch a televised rendition of it on YouTube here. For an extra-special treat, listen to the late Dylan Thomas reading his memoir here in his Welsh accent.
Here’s the excerpt from “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”:
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS
Which part of the Christmas account do you like the best?
Is it the Annunciation where an angel announces to Mary that she will have a child?
Is it the long journey to Bethlehem with no inn available when Mary and Joseph arrive?
Could it be when the angels burst into the night sky and sing to shepherds? Or perhaps when those exotic kings find the real King as a baby and then fool Herod to make their get-away?
Many of our Christmas carols highlight one part of the Christmas story. For instance, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” focuses on the night Jesus was born.