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Improve Writing Skills with Quotes on Giving

By Lily Iatridis  November 12, 2015
_ EMAIL GivingWith Thanksgiving on the horizon, this month our writing prompts focus on the theme of giving.

But rather than prompting kids with a question, try something a little different.

Invite kids to interpret quotes!

(I’ve got a whole list of them at the bottom of this article.)

Quote interpretations require deeper critical thinking, and kids get exposure to the thoughts and ideas of famous people, past and present.

Even though all the quotes in this email are about giving, they don’t all necessarily say the same thing.

They’re open to interpretation!

How to Interpret a Quote

1) Explain what the quote means.
2) Take a stand on the quote. Do you agree or disagree with it?
3) How does it connect to your life?
4) How may it connect to the lives of others?

Pick a quote to interpret every few days, or share the list with your kids and let them pick a few!

Quotes on Giving

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
~ Mother Teresa

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
~ Winston S. Churchill

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”
~ Ben Carson

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
~ Amy Carmichael

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
~ Francis of Assisi

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”
~ Carol Ryrie Brink

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”
~ Pierre Corneille,

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.”
~ Marcus Aurelius





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