Today's journal entry was to brainstorm a list of all of the good things in your life -- big, small, significant, silly. A bullet list is fine.
I shared with you six different published pieces that had to do with various elements of thankfulness/gratitude. Please read the following:
"The Act of Giving Thanks" -- about how signficant it can be just to take time to show gratitude
"Pied Beauty" -- about being grateful for the unique and imperfect things in the world, and their special sort of beauty
"Duck Blind Lessons" -- about how important and life-shaping a shared hobby with a parent can be (note that he never says "thankful" or "grateful" in this piece!)
"Dusting" -- about finding something to be grateful about, even when it comes to tedious household chores
"The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home" -- about how even tragedy can be its own sort of blessing
"The Thankgsivings" -- a prayer of thanksgiving translated from the Iroquois
After reading, I asked you to pick one thing from your brainstorm list -- or perhaps a small collection of related things -- or perhaps something you didn't even think to include -- and use it as the focus of a small piece of personal writing.
This writing could be a poem (your choice of format, length, etc.), a short personal essay (maximum 300 words recommended), or a letter. You should also choose your audience (famil
I asked you to please write your rough draft in your journal; this is the portion I will be grading. I also provided you with colored paper to make a final draft which you can take home and share over the holiday.