Mrs. Huff's 7th Grade Language Arts Students were asked to respond to the following prompt based on the novel The Giver: Using your most persuasive voice, write a letter to the Committee of Elders asking them to reconsider their current policy and allow their citizens access to literature. Include a personal connection to literature as part of your plea.
The people of the community should have access to literature because they should have the right to know what lies beyond. People express themselves through books and poetry. Getting rid of literature takes away a part of life. Also, taking away literature is keeping people uninformed. Do you really want a lot of uninformed people in your town?
Literature has impacted my life because when I read, I learn new things. It also makes me feel better. One novel I enjoyed reading was the novel The Outsiders because it made me realize what can happen in life. I also enjoy reading comic books; they are even more enjoyable than novels. Please let your people have literature so they, too, can make connections the same way that I have.
Committee of Elders,
I have a request to make. The people of your society should be able to have access to literature. I know that your Receiver of Memory and your Giver do, and maybe you haven't looked upon the volumes yourselves. Literature opens doors for people, and lets them experience things unlike their own. With books and writing, you have happiness, sadness, joyfulness, and worlds of untold emotions and fantasies. Books help people understand concepts they had previously had difficulty apprehending. When I read the book Stargirl (by Jerry Spinnelli), I finally understood what it was like to feel unwanted and shunned. Once I realized how much pain it caused others, I have tried to avoid afflicting such pain unto others. Books give knowledge and understanding, besides enhancing the precision of language. Please, I beg you to consider my request.
Dear Committee of Elders,
Literature poses as one of the most important elements of civilization. Books and stories are mirrors of our past in disguise. Many books portray a hidden lesson buried between their fine black and white print; our brains take note of that lesson and at the right moment, whatever those books teach us can be extremely helpful. This is exactly why books and general literature should be welcomed in your community. They introduce feeling, but not all at once. For instance, Where the Red Fern Grows was the first book that had the power to make me cry. I felt as though I experienced Billy's loss too. That particular story also would teach your people about the bond between animals and humans.
It's also important for people to experience happiness, not just the same monotonous feeling day in and day out. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli gave me a rushed feeling, like I could run forever. People need feelings once and a while, to learn a lesson. Nothing makes life more exhilarating.
Sincerely, Ellissa Barclay de Tolly
A Day in the Life of a Hobi TribeMy name is Green Haek and I am a boy from the southwest tribe. I am 8 springs old. I am also a good hunter in my clan. I live in a clay and stone house called a pueblo with flat roofs and about 7 ladders. I live in the hot and dry desert of Arizona. My land is one hundred miles east of the Grand Canyon. We live next to a spring where we get our water for drinking and cooking. For food I have corn, beans, squash, rabbit, and a couple of deer. My dad and I wear a breechcloth or kilt. My mom and sister wear a manta. For tools I use a digging stick to plant seeds for food. I also use stone and brush to protect the plants from the blowing sand. I weave blankets for my clan and family. I hunt rabbit with bow and arrow. During free time, we play dart-throwing contests and shoot the arrow through the rolling hoop. We have kachina ceremonies to help bring rain and a good harvest for my clan. After we eat dinner all the men in my clan would go to the kiva. We would sing and relax and tellstories in the kiva. We would also sew clothing until it was time for me to go to bed. I am very happy to be a hobi. Ian Bryer, Grade 3
UntitledOnce there lived a boy named Ephraim. Today he was going to make a jersey. First he needs to get silk from the silk farm. The farmer said he would give him some silk if he could feed the cows on the other farm. So when he was done the farmer gave him the silk. Then he went in the woods to get raspberries. The raspberries would get put into a pot so the water would turn red. Then he put the silk in. The silk turned red.Then he went home to his mom to ask if she can sew the silk together. She said yes if he would fold the laundry. So when he was done with the laundry he had a brand new jersey! He said "thank youu" then he went up to his room and tried it on.