07
Sep
08

This is My America

My first assignment for my American Literature students this year is to write a 5 paragraph essay entitled, “This Is My America”.  My students are always saying that what happens in the “outside world” doesn’t matter because they are struggling daily just to survive.  No one knows this and no one cares.  I want them to feel like they matter, that their stories are not all that uncommon, and that someone cares, even if it’s just me.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to post their stories and that others to stumble across this site will want to post their own.  I’m opening this up to anyone who wants to share their version of America – who they are, where they come from, etc…  I would love anecdotal tales, but I’ll take essays, opinion pieces, whatever.  If you don’t mind me using your post as an example for my kids, please let me know!  I’m encouraging you all to write, to tell your story, and to let kids who don’t have access to the life you live to read it.  All experiences are welcome.

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2 Responses to “This is My America”


  1. 1 Deb
    September 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    What a GREAT assignment. Sure wish my child could take your class!

  2. September 7, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Great idea, but watch out some ‘Aremica loving” crackpot doesn’t like what you’re doing. If you wear a flag lapel pin, you should be OK.


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