The Mine

By on May 26, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

I had to crack up when I read my son’s homework assignment. He is obsessed with turning over all our belongings to find the “Made in” stamp. He spends a lot of time groaning, “Not China again!”

The assignment: Write a five (or more) sentence story or poem using at least six stem words from Michael Clay Thompson’s Building Language p. 84-85. The following is a first draft written by an (almost) eleven year old.

From August 21, 2013: our trip to the Soudan State Park Underground Mine in Soudan, Minnesota.

From August 21, 2013: our trip to the Soudan State Park Underground Mine in Soudan, Minnesota.


The Mine

by Nate R.

Descend into the mine where you will mine in subterranean tunnels. Then you export it to other countries for buildings and toys. Respect the Chinese, they make most of it. Inspect the iron, make sure it is pure. Then the turquoise with its aquamarine blue: make sure it is right and true!

The Marauding Dragon: A Story by Sammi

By on Jan 16, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

Sammi came up with their story from her memories of the tale of Bellerophon, Pegasus, and the Chimera.

Once there was a civilized village which was unexpectedly attacked by an angry dragon because it was hungry. All the villagers fled except for an unknown woman named Selena Robinson, who surprisingly stayed behind. She ran into the woods around the village to think it over. “If only I had…” Selena murmured, then fell into a deep slumber under a weeping willow.

When Selena woke from her slumber, she had a fantastic idea, which made her whoop because she was excited. The idea was to, wait for it, catch Pegasus, the flying horse! “Then I’ll drop a piece of lead down the dragon’s throat,” Selena quietly whispered to herself. She crawled home as to not be seen by the fierce dragon. When she was there, she gathered all the stuff she’d need. Then, Selena crept back into the woods to find Pegasus. When it was dark as a black sheep’s wool, Selena searched and searched and searched. She finally found Pegasus! Selena roped the air-born horse, her hand flailing until it sank into the depths of Pegasus’s mane. Selena swung herself on Pegasus’s white back. His ears flattened and then he reared!!

“AAAAAAAAAAHhhhhhh!” Selena screamed. The sound of her scream reflected and reeled back to her ears. It chilled her to her bones. Pegasus quieted. As for sweaty Selena, she swung herself off Pegasus’s smoothish back and went off in search for a piece of lead. When she found a piece, she thrust it on a spear.

At the next sighting of the blood-thirsty dragon, who was very ravenous, Selena leaped on Pegasus’s gleaming back and soared up to let the piece of lead descend toward the dragon’s throat. Then, Selena quickly flew away as to not be seared to death.

“Too much for you?!?” Selena yelled. “Haaa!”

As the dragon writhed in excruciating pain, it plummeted toward the mountainside they were near. As the filthy dragon hit the mountainside, its head hit a ragged sided rock, which cracked its skull open, killing the dragon! The villagers reconstructed their village, thanked Selena with gratitude in their voices, and lived happily ever after, all because of her (Selena).

Don’t attack others or you will be attacked.

The End.


The Marauding Dragon

Pee-Soaked Pants and Persistence by Nate

By on Sep 18, 2014 in Ancients, Greece, Writing | 1 comment

When they got there they immediately saw a black stallion, who was whinnying and bucking. Alexander loved the black color so he asked Philip, “Father can we get him?”

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The Rising Tub by Sammi

By on Sep 18, 2014 in Ancients, Greece, Writing | 2 comments

Whenever the pals climbed into Mr. Archimedes’ ordinary bathtub, it overflowed making a watery mess, which they hated because they had to clean it up. Wombat was blamed…

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