Saturday, January 12, 2013

Middle School Essays

Wow! Wow! Wow! I just got done reading 225 letter/essays about the Paper Bag Christmas, and I must say, I'm impressed! These kids all did such a great job. Every year the students at A.E. Wright Middle school end up teaching me little things that I didn't know from my own book!  Ah, the wisdom of young minds.

As I read the essays this year I was looking for things that I would remember beyond today, such as personal accounts, well crafted ideas, clever insights, application of lessons-learned, or sometimes just a well-placed word that helped me gain new understanding. After poring through them, I decided to choose one essay that I particularly enjoyed from each class. I'm not saying there weren't many essays that were worthy of selection (nor am I assigning grades...that's the teacher's call!), but for different reasons these are the ones that touched me in some way:

  • Kimball period 1: Syndey
  • Kimball period 2: Jenoah
  • Kimball period 4: Lillie
  • Kimball period 6: Shane
  • Chadroff period 3: Justin
  • Chadroff period 5: April 
  • Cox period 5: Sophie
  • Cox period 6: Dawson

Each one of these students will be receiving a signed copy of Sweet Misfortune just as soon as I can get around to mailing them.

Thanks to everyone for your comments. It took a long time to read them all, but it was so worth it! You did a great job. Keep up the good work! And most importantly, keep trying to be a friend to all.


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