Open Letter to the American 2nd Grader

Photo: Casablanca, Morocco. 2008. Jordan David Allen.

A close friend of mine is a public school teacher on the East coast. Recently, she told me about a speech-writing essay assignment she was planning with her 2nd Grade students. Being a former elementary school teacher myself, I decided to write a 2nd Grade essay of my own, to be read to her class while the project was being introduced. Although this piece was originally written for one specific classroom, it should…