On this page MakeBeliefsComix.com launches its first free digital book as part of our mission to offer the most innovative content to encourage family literacy and writing by English Language Learners.
To read, please click on our new book, Laptop Letters: Sending Wise & Loving Messages to Young People in Your Life
, written by Bill Zimmerman, the creator of MakeBeliefsComix.
Teachers can use this resource for classroom exercises to encourage parents, grandparents and other relatives to write loving notes and messages to the children in their lives and to pass on important life lessons they want to share. With help from the book's dozens of writing prompts, students can use computers, mobile phones or note pads to write messages of love and wisdom to their youngsters. The book also features sample letters and notes to inspire writers.
Students can even practice writing the first draft of their letters in the form of comic strips created right here at MakeBeliefsComix.com
The process of writing letters fosters family literacy in two ways: it allows adult learners to express their important thoughts and knowledge to their children, and it motivates youngsters who receive these personal letters to read and improve their own literacy skills. Writing such loving, encouraging laptop letters also enables parents to forge closer emotional bonds with children and to hand down their family legacy.
The book's writing prompts are based on pioneering interactive techniques that the author has pioneered in his books and web sites to help people find their writers' voices (see his books at www.billztreasurechest.com
). Zimmerman is also creator of the best-selling Lunch Box Letters: Writing Notes of Love and Encouragement to Your Children
Laptop Letters is the first in a series of free interactive e-books for family literacy programs planned by MakeBeliefsComix.com. We welcome feedback on how you use this book in your own educational programs; write to us at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Feedback