My students know that I love food (who doesn't?)--so why not assign the a task of writing about it? I told them to suggest three Korean dishes I should eat. Here is part of an essay written by MJ (nickname), who is 12 years old, and one of my brightest students. His writing is better than mine!
The paragraphs below were written by KKS (nickname)--the topic was "If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?" KKS chose to write about visiting Japan. When I read the following passage I was not sure if he was serious or not (given the history of Japan and Korea). Definitely an eye opener!
Yesterday, I asked him in class if he was serious but he said he was joking and gave me a little smirk. I said, "KKS, what would you say if I told you I was Japanese and not Chinese?" He just laughed! That's it, the next time I go to class I'm going to make some kryptonite out of essay paper just in case KKS decides to pull a fast one on me!
I'm always open for more essay topics...so let's hear your ideas!