The United States soon will celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember the men and women in the armed services who have given their lives for our country.

General Colin Powell writes of the granite Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D. C., “At no other battle monument are people so moved, stenciling names and leaving gifts like combat boots, uniforms, sonograms, even a motorcycle.”

Middle School Writing Prompt -- Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women in the armed services who have given their lives for our country. Use these prompts to celebrate these fallen men and women.He reminds us that “establishing memorials is one way that Americans can repay the debt owed to the people who have died serving this country.” *

Now it’s your turn: What are other ways we can “repay the debt owed”? Write a list of things people can do or write a thank-you note to a real soldier or an imaginary one.  What do you think a soldier would like to read in a thank-you note?

* General Colin L. Powell, “Why We Serve,” Parade, Nov. 6, 2011, p. 18.

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Drop the Drama: Help Stuggling Writers Jump These 5 Hurdles

Are your writers struggling? Do you wish you could figure out why your children won’t write? Would you love to have a peaceful writing class experience?

Help your struggling writers—and you!—by identifying five hurdles to writing. Then learn practical actions you can take against those hurdles.

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