Apple Pencil backward compatibility.... or alternative

in Current Mac Hardware
I'd like to use Apple Pencil for notetaking, but I see that it's nominally only compatible with iPad Pro. 

I have a 2012 iPad 3rd Generation 3.2 running (I think) iOS 9.3.5 (13G36).  No chance that Pencil will, in fact, work with that older model? 

If not, is there any kind of third-party alternative?  I only need very basic functionality: 1-bit graphics.  I'm only going to use it for handwriting notes and diagrams, no color or fancy artwork at all. 
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