Letters from Winnie and Jesse in Tuck Everlasting

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Last week Ms. Leake’s student teacher Kristina Engstrom (she does some observations and teaching with us as well) did a lesson with the class on making choices based on Tuck Everlasting. The students were challenged to write a short persuasive letter from the point of view of one of two characters in the book, Winnie Foster or Jesse Tuck. If they chose Winnie, they would write explaining why they would or would not drink the water from the “fountain of youth.” If they chose Jesse, they would try to convince Winnie to drink or not drink the water that would allow her to live forever. 

By Thidapech
Dear Winnie,
Why didn’t you drink the water instead of wasting it? Why did you pour the water on the toad? For me, I don’t think I should drink the water because it might make me think about life or I just know the living forever would just be heart-breaking and hard to live forever. But anyway, you made a good choice! But it will be better if you drank the water, and then we should’ve got married. But I still love you forever!
Love, Jesse Tuck

By Skyler
Dear Winnie,
I got your letter. Why didn’t you drink the water? I thought you were going to drink it. Where are you? I want to know where you are so I can talk to you in person.
Sincerely, Jesse

By J’Son
Dear Jesse,
I’m sorry that I did not drink the water.
Sincerely, Winnie Foster

By Ingrid
Dear Jesse,
I decided not to drink the water because I would miss my parents and I want to be a normal person. There are some good things that could happen, though, like, you could do anything you want and you can’t get hurt and you will see the world change around you. That will be cool. I am so sorry that I decided not to drink the water, but I used it on a toad; look for him. He will keep you company. I miss you a lot.
Love, Winnie Foster

By Thidapech
Dear Jesse,
I’m so sorry that I didn’t drink the water, but I wanted to be a normal person, not like a villain that lives forever! But I will always love you even for my next life! Please stay and wait for me!!!
Love, Winnie Foster

By Ben
Dear Jesse,
I didn’t drink the water because I poured the water on a toad and I could get some more sometime. But over the years I forgot all about the water. So when the tree fell I knew my chance was missed many years ago. So that’s why I never came.
Sincerely, Winnie Foster

By Hannah
Dear Winnie,
I really wish you could drink that water because you won’t suffer pain and you will see changes in the world. That’s what all the blessings you could have like me. Bad thing is, is that you remember horrible stuff; you’re the only one that lasts. I really want to be with you, but maybe later. Hope I see you soon. Love you very much.
Sincerely, Jesse Tuck

By Anna
Dear Winnie,
Why did you waste the water on a stupid toad? Why didn’t you drink the water and come with me? We could have gotten married. That’s what you wanted, right? That stupid toad didn’t need to live forever! I’m sorry I’m overreacting, but I just want to know why? I wish you drank the water (so) we could have gotten married. I loved you, I love you now, and I’ll love you forever.
Sincerely, Jesse Tuck

By Gabriel
Dear Jesse,
I didn’t drink the water because what if I can’t find you or if people know the secret? What if someone notices that I never die?
Sincerely, Winnie

By Lillian
Dear Jesse,
I’m sorry I did not choose to drink the water. I t was a hard decision—the toad or me? Please forgive me. I wanted to have a normal life. I would like to travel around the world and see the world change. I hope you like seeing the world change. Think about me when you see the toad. I miss you.
Love, Winnie Foster

By Molly
Dear Jesse,
I’m sorry I didn’t drink the water. It was too much of a decision. I couldn’t help it. I wanted to be normal like all the others. It would be too hard to keep the secrets forever. What would happen if the world would end? How would I keep the secret? These are questions I’ve been asking since I found out. You are my best friend and I love you so much. I’m sorry.
Sincerely, Winnie Foster

By David
Dear Winnie,
Why didn’t you drink the water when you were 17? We could have married by then. Or we could be friends and travel around the world. I always remember the day you helped my mom escape out of prison, and I have been waiting since that day, but then I lost hope. When my mom and dad had returned, they said they stopped by Treegap. My mom and dad saw an RIP that said Winnie Foster, and since that day I was very sad. But you are also my best friend.
Sincerely, Jesse Tuck

By Lucas
Dear Winnie Foster,
Why didn’t you drink the water? I don’t know why you didn’t but I know you didn’t mean it in a bad way. I guess you just wanted to be a normal person and be like everyone else. I will remember you forever.
Sincerely, Jesse Tuck

By Emma
Dear Jesse,
Jesse, I didn’t drink the water. I’m now 20 years old. I am sorry but I’m engaged. We have bought a new house just out f town. Are you coming back? I’m dearly sorry, but I miss you so much. It is the little white house. You can’t miss it. So until you come back I’ll be here. P.S. I wasted the water on a toad. Oops!
Sincerely, Winnie Foster

By Dylan
Dear Winnie,
Are you going to drink the water?
Sincerely, Jesse

By Zach
Dear Winnie,
Why didn’t you drink the water? Well, I guess I can’t really blame you.  Yup. It’s a pretty hard life. Everybody who finds out thinks that you are a freak.
Sincerely, Jesse

By Clifford
Dear Winnie,
Winnie, do not drink the water because you will be lonely for the rest of your life and there will be nobody with you to do everything with you. If you drink the water and you will not change, other people will and so everybody will think you are crazy.
Sincerely, Jesse

By Avery
Dear Jesse,
The reason I did not drink the water is there was a toad I saw before I ran away and a dog was messing with the toad. I did not want the toad to die so I poured the water on the toad. I’m sorry.
Sincerely, Winnie

By Maggie
Dear Jesse,
I am sorry I didn’t drink the water. I poured the water on the toad. I hope you’re not that sad or mad that I did that. Because I died ‘cause I didn’t drink the water and I hope that you will remember me forever.  Oh! P.S. If you see the toad again, please take care of him.
Sincerely, Winnie Foster

By Chris
Dear Jesse,
I decided to not drink the water because I would miss my family and it would be lonely. But the good news is that if I had drunk the water I would be your friend and I wouldn’t be lonely.
From, Winnie

By Xavier
Dear Jesse,
I didn’t drink the water because I would miss my family. How would I find you, too? It’s too much to ask.
Love, Winnie

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