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History will always have a mysterious side for us because we could not be there to witness most of the events that have taken place. We’ll never truly know what it was like to sit among the pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, or to ration our food and help our fathers build bomb shelters in the backyard.
This year, explore that mystery! We can’t time-travel but we can study the past and learn from it how to rise above the challenges we face today and embrace a greater vision for our future.
There’s a lot to choose from for your essay—depending on your age, you can select a person, day or event from World History, US History, your state history, or even your family history.
To get started, put yourself in someone else’s shoes--or boots or moccasins—and let your imagination take you there!
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Using the principles of a descriptive essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life. A strong essay will vividly describe the details of what this person’s role is and what they have done for you.
Using the principles of a narrative essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life. A strong essay will share a compelling story that documents how this person’s actions have impacted you and/or your community.
Using the principles of a cause and effect essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life or your community. A strong essay will clearly connect what actions the addressee took that caused specific positive outcomes to follow.