Writing Assignment: Dear Santa

12.23.2011 Writing Assignments

Last year at this time I advised you to use the traditional letter to Santa as a prime writing assignment. I still think it’s a good idea. This year, I’m going to give you a new assignment. This year instead of writing the jolly old elf about what you want, use the opportunity to tell […]

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I Was A Mall Santa

12.22.2011 Family

Many years ago, when I was in my first year of grad school and Diane and I were in our second year of marriage, I took a job as a mall Santa. The next semester I’d be teaching expository writing and making money working as a tutor, but the extra money earned as a Santa […]

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Writing Assignment: A Letter To Santa

12.17.2010 writing

For many of us, our first writing assignment is composing a letter to Santa Claus. Over the years many of us stop, for one reason or another, but it remains a useful exercise. A good letter to Santa should include the standard attributes of a personal letter, but also include a justification of your behavior […]

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