It’s nearly June. Young adults are graduating from high school and college. Teens and schoolchildren are looking forward to the end of the school year and summer. Couples are getting married. It is a time of year marked by milestones and achievements.
Write about a day in your life when you felt proud. Don’t just say you felt proud, write the story of that day. What led up to this moment when you rightfully felt you could pat yourself on the back? What did it take to get there? What part of your achievement do you feel best about?
Tell the story. Include who was involved, what happened, when and where this took place, and why it mattered to you.
The moment can be as simple as shooting your first basket, baking your first cake, receiving your Boy Scout Eagle rank, or earning your PhD.
When you are done, share your narrative with your writing partners. Compliment each other on the strengths you see in one another’s writing. Call attention to turns of phrases or details you particularly enjoy.
Share your narrative as comment. Everyone can use a little inspiration.
For pre-readers, get out a pen or pencil and some paper. Sit down together. Talk about what it means to be proud of something. Then ask the child to tell you about something he or she is proud of. Ask questions. Write down all the child’s responses.
When you are done, read back what he or she has said, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoke word.
Leave some room on the paper, or get out an extra sheet, for the child to draw a picture, paste a photo, or create a collage to go with the memory.