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I Will Always Write Back

Join in this short literature course with the story of two children who write letters back and forth, sharing their lives, hopes, dreams, and experiences while living across the world from each other. High school students are welcomed, too.

Total classes: 4

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature or English


It started as a “pen pal” assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Caitlin chose Martin, a boy from Zimbabwe. This true story traces how Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends –and better people–through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.


Part I (pages 1-80)

Parts II and III (pages 81-224)

Parts IV and V (pages 225-323)

Parts VI and Epilogue (pages 324-396)

Materials and Homework

Course materials: I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alfirenka & Martin Ganda, ISBN # 978-0-316-24133-5 (https://amzn.to/2M5IyME)

Homework: Weekly assignments will consist of reading the assigned material plus brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than about two to three hours per week in addition to class time.

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