Monday, November 10, 2014

Writing to Remember

How will you remember the men and women in uniform who have served our country this Veterans Day?
Warm-Up: Metaphor and Simile Quiz  Happy Monday! It's time to demonstrate what you learned last week about figurative language, similes, and metaphors. You can find the quiz here. If you finish early, you may silent read or take an A.R. quiz 

100 Word Challenge: A Prompt to 'Remember'  Tomorrow is Veterans Day. It's a day in which we as Americans take a moment to remember the brave men and women in uniform who have served, fought, and sometimes died on behalf of our country. In other parts of the world tomorrow is Remembrance Day, whereby war veterans and their sacrifices will be similarly honored and remembered.  

In light of this important time, in which citizens all around the world stop to give thanks and remember the important contributions of the men and women who have served in uniform, this week's 100 Word Challenge seeks to shine a light on the soldiers and their families who have sacrificed so much. This week's prompt can be found below. 

Before we begin to brainstorm about how we will address the prompt and what kind of writing we want to create, let's take a moment to understand why it's so important to remember the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and their families. Please watch the video below.  

How will you address this week's prompt in your writing? What form will your remembrance take? Will you write a narrative story, a fictional letter, a poem, or perhaps a heartfelt tribute to an actual serviceman, servicewoman, or veteran in your own life.  

If writing a narrative, from whose point-of-view will you tell your story? You could obviously tell your story in either third-person or first-person. If writing your story in first-person, consider writing as a soldier in the heat of battle or as veteran looking back and remembering his or her experiences. You could be a deployed parent, husband, or wife remembering his family back home or you could be a husband, wife or child thinking of their loved one away at war. Writing as a soldier, veteran, spouse, or child, you may have suffered an unimaginable loss and choose to remember the comrade or loved one that you lost. 

While we may disagree sometimes about whether wars are worth fighting, I think we can all agree that the brave men and women who serve and their families back home are deserving of our gratitude and respect. So please be respectful in your writing and treat this prompt with the seriousness it deserves. 

You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: Remember in your Language Arts folders.

Below I've included some of the images and faces of war, including: combat soldiers, wounded warriors, worried family members back home, grief-stricken spouses and children of the fallen, and mournful veterans who know first-hand the costs and sacrifices of war. Perhaps in one of their faces you see a story that you want to tell.    

Soldiers storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in World War II.

A soldier writes a letter home. What do you imagine he's writing about?

Heroism on display as soldiers refuse to leave a fallen comrade behind.

What do you suppose this soldier has experienced? What story might he have to tell? 

Melissa Stockwell was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and was the first Iraq War veteran to compete in the Paralympic Games as a swimmer in 2008.

A young girl holds a doll bearing the picture of her father who is serving in Iraq.
A soldier's wife worries about her husband deployed overseas.

Grief and loss.

A young boy receives the flag from his father's casket.

What do you imagine this veteran is remembering?

A Vietnam War veteran remembers his fallen comrades at the Vietnam War Memorial. 

A veteran against war.
Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Get started on your 100 Word Challenge: Remember writing piece. We will be publishing on Friday, November 14