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SECRETS & WISHING — Lesson #3

THINKING

Since ideas are so important in art, let's just talk about ideas. Let's talk about secrets and about wishing.

There are different kinds of secrets and different kinds of wishes. There are wishes that are for you and wishes that are for someone else. There are wishes that you can make come true and wishes that are not for you to make come true.

You might ask for something to be given to you, like "I wish for a puppy." This wish is for you but you're not the one who could make the wish come true. There are also wishes that are goals you want to achieve: "I wish to be a veterinarian when I grow up." Again, this wish is for you but here you are the one who could make the wish come true. Then there are wishes that are for other people, and making these wishes come true is often not up to you.

What about secrets? Just like there are different types of wishes, there are different kinds of secrets too. Secrets can hide things and secrets can protect things. Let's say you ate an entire cake when you weren't supposed to and kept it a secret so you wouldn't get into trouble. This is an example of a secret that hides something.

Let's say you are planning a surprise party for your sister and want to keep the party a secret. This secret would be to protect something: the surprise. Or maybe the secret is protecting something that is personal and private, like keeping it a secret that your sister is really sick. There are secrets for hiding and secrets for protecting.

INTERACTING & RESPONDING

I've noticed that sometimes wishes and secrets go together. Sometimes, we keep our wishes secret. I make a wish when blowing out my birthday candles and I keep it secret to protect it.

Thinking about how a wish will come true is a big part of making a wish. You could even think that a wish is alive until it has come true. When making a wish, it might need protection to stay alive until it comes true. Sometimes secrets can offer protection.

Let's say you wish to be a veterinarian but are afraid of animals. You know that there is a lot of work to be done until your wish might come true but you want to keep your wish alive. Maybe if you share your wish, someone might remind you how hard it will be for you to fulfill it. You might keep your wish secret to protect it and keep it alive. Another reason you might want to protect your wish is to keep it private. Maybe your wish is so important that it becomes private and needs protection. What are the reasons you can think of to keep a wish secret?

See how a group of fourth-graders responded to these questions:

What are reasons to keep a wish secret?
Why might a wish need to be protected?



"1.You might not want other peope to know your wish because you want to keep a lot of confidence that your wish will come true.
2. You might want to keep your wish portected because it might be far-fetched, and people might make fun of you and you don't want that.
"—Claire

 

"One reason to keep a wish secret is it might be a suprize for someone so you whant to keep it a secret.

One reason to keep a wish protected is because it's private."
—Chisaku


 



"A wish might need to be protected because people might not think you can do what you wish to do." —Emerson


 




"A reason to keep a wish a secret is you mite be afrade of sumewone but not want to tell them.

A wish that mite need to be privot is if you mack a wish on your birthday is if you dont let eney wone know. "
—Maya

 


"Because I think it is a good idea to keep your wish a secret. I wish I had another cat for a pet and for peekaboo to not be lonley." —Carlin

 

"You might want to keep a wish secret because if you make it for someone and they find out you'll be disappointed that they found out about it. A wish might want to be protected because if your going somewhere and it doesn't come true you'll be disappointed." —Autumn

 



"Privacey, so nobody will make fun of you if its an embarassing secret." —Seamus

 

"One reason to keep a wish secret is that the wish might be a private wish for yourself or others, and you would feel silly if other people knew it. Another reason is that it might be a mean wish, and you wouldn't want people to know how mean it was.
   One reason a wish might need to be protected is because" ... 
—Sarah

 


"A reason to keep a wish a secret is that there is a superstition that if you tell someone about your wish it won't come true. A reason to protect a wish is to keep it a suprise." —Sam

 



"1. You may want to keep a wish secret because it could be personal, and alot of people might not have that wish so it could be embarassing.

2. A wish might need to be protected because they could be personal and embarassing."
—Kalila

 


"The reasons to keep a wish a secret might be because it would spoil something or embaras you. The reasons a wish might be protected is to keep you or a friend out of trouble or in the case of a birthday the wish would not come true." —Dia

 


"1. A wish might need to be secret because sometimes they don't come true if you don't keel it a secret.
2. A wish might need to be protected because you might not want people to know and for some reason think it is stupid or dumb."
—Taplin

 


"A wish would be good to keep a secret because it might be somthing that you want but you know you never will get it.
A wish might need to be protected because the wish is somthing that would get you in truble and you don't want to get in truble because you didn't really want to get in truble."
—Nisha

 


"A reason to keep a wish secret is to have a surprise to someone. A wish might need to be protected when you don't want anybody to know your wish." —Jeremy

 

"1. Your could make a wish to play a prank on your sister and if you told it wouldn't be able to come true because she would know.

2. You might want to protect a wish because it could be important."
—Piper

 



"A reason to keep a wish secret is because it might be silly or funny like, you wish to be a clown. The wish might need to be protected because you might be scared of animals and you don't want to be a petseller or a animal doctor. That is why you might need to have that wish protected or gotten rid of." —Jaylen
 


"It might want to be protected because it might be embarassing. I don't want enbody to know my secret because it might be embarassing or I wouldn't like it." —Katie

 


TEACHING

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