1. “POCKETS” Writing from Englewood Elementary 2nd grade
The following letters are from Englewood (Florida) Elementary School 2nd grade students, in response to the book Pockets.
Dear Abby, Jacie, Chloe, Kayla, Logan, Jordyn, Lillian, Hop, Kyle, and Mrs. LaBadie,
Thank you for writing! I love all of your letters, and I can read every one of them. Best wishes to you and keep on writing! Mary Alice Deveny
2. Finding Treasures Along Your Way: For Children Who Can Write
A wise man once said, “Life is a journey. . . . do not wait for great strength before setting out…. Do not wait to see very clearly before starting: one has to walk toward the light. Have you strength enough to take this first step? You will be astonished to feel that the effort accomplished, instead of having exhausted your strength, has doubled it – and that you already see more clearly what you have to do next.” Phillipe Vernier, French theologian
This is the same message the wizard Gandalf gives to Bilbo Baggins as he and his companions start out on their quest in the famous book, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.
You are on a quest, a journey of discovery. We all are. Take notes along your way. Many great writers carry a small notebook in their pockets. Write down your thoughts and observations. There is no right or wrong way to do this. This is about you finding words to clearly describe important things you see and feel and think. Do this, and your notebook will become one of your best friends. It shares your journey with you, helps you remember where you have been, and is ready to go with you on the next steps of your journey.
3. Finding Treasures Along Your Way: For Children Who Cannot Yet Write
You can take a walk with your parent or teacher or grandparent, or older brother or sister. Be sure to take paper and a pencil with you. Look around as you are walking. Notice everything. Look up. Look down. Look left. Look right. What do you see? Do you see something that looks like a treasure? Can you draw a picture of it? Your adult can write down your words to go with your pictures, and read them back to you.