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Pen Pals
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Lesson for “Pen Pals”

Stevisha Taylor is only 3 when her father goes to jail. Banned by a court order from seeing him until she’s 18, Stevisha maintains a close bond through frequent letters and phone calls.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

--Have you ever been separated from a parent for a long time? Were you able to keep in touch? If so, how did you keep in touch? If not, what prevented you?

--Have you ever bonded with someone just through writing letters? What enabled you to bond that way?

--Stevisha says that learning about her father’s experiences makes her angry, but also inspires her to make her life better. In what ways do you want your life to be better than your parents’? In what ways do you want the same things they had?
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(FCYU-2002-09-27)

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