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Tell Me about Your Life as a Trapeze Artist: Interview into Narrative Essay


SHARON’S BLOG

trapeze interviewMy great-grandmother marked the day in her journal when she received her first icebox. What was she using for refrigeration before then?

One acquaintance traveled the world with the army during the Vietnam years and isn’t even allowed to tell me what he did, though he often regales me with stories of the strange food he ate on those trips. But I’m not the only one who knows interesting folks.

People in your family, your church, and your neighborhood have led remarkable lives as well. They’ve fought in wars. They’ve been in accidents. They’ve experienced disasters, invented things, started their own businesses, overcome debilitating abuse or sickness, beat the odds, seen the world, or eaten raw squid.

These people want to tell their stories to someone who will listen. And your children, in interviewing these people, will come away with a new perspective on history and life. This type of writing activity is well worth the effort.

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Two Secrets to Writing an Exciting Description


MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

descriptionReading descriptions can be super boring; you probably skip them when you read older books, especially if they go on and on.

Today’s writers know how to capture your attention and keep the descriptions interesting. What are their secrets? We’ll explore two today.

First, they use their senses. Here’s a fascinating verse about Jesus that the apostle John writes in the beginning of his first letter:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life” (I John 1:1 NIV)

How many senses from the list below does he depend on to tell us that Jesus is real?

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Be the Advice Columnist


HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

write an advice columnDear Listening Ear,

My girlfriend and I were shopping yesterday, and I saw her steal a necklace from the store.  Today she gave the necklace to another friend as a birthday present.  Should I tell someone about my friend stealing?  Should I tell the girl who has the necklace that it’s stolen?

Signed,

Confused in Corning

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