It was getting darkish outside so the flashlights helped out a ton. It seemed like just yesterday when I got Emma. I could remember when I first held her. Her skin as smooth as baby skin and her needle sharp nails pinpricking my hand.
Now she was gone. My very first gecko, gone. That night my mom read my sister and me the story Mustard by Jessel Miller. My sister stood up to go to the bathroom. I was overjoyed! It was as if she was ready to come home. I caught her and put her back in her little habitat. Then I fell asleep contented. Ever since Emma escaped I now watch her much more carefully. She even has a small cage in which I feed her so there is no way she can escape.
But I was waiting to get to have some real fun. You know, experience some island magic. I would go anywhere, try anything. Then it happened. I was ready. A hurricane was on its way to Oahu, and we were getting hit with some mild rain and high tides.
Before I knew what we were going to do about it, we were there. The water was as still as the morning dew, and the sky was painted a light blue. I was as excited as a child getting a puppy. I rushed out of the car in my bare feet. It was HOT!!! I quickly put on my flip flops. As I made my way around, trying not to stub my toes on the rocks, I heard a noise.
It was the sound of waves crashing up onto rocks, but the ocean was so far away! I looked down, and there, I saw a huge hole in the rocks, and the salt water was going up and back down.
And up and back down again. It was amazing! We made our way to the edge, put on our snorkeling gear, and jumped! Soon we were speechless as we watched all the colorful tropical sea life. We swam through black lava rock tubes. These lava tubes were formed by hot lava traveling down, and into the ocean, and it made arches in the water. It was pretty hard for me to hold my breath for such a long amount of time, but I could handle it.
These undersea arches were like swimming through underwater submarines. It had portholes, and had a dome-like structure. There was another one that was like swimming through a miniature rainbow. It was a perfect arch in the water. I also was lucky enough to see a puffer fish and an eight-legged sea star.
After we got back near land, we had to ride the current up onto a rock ledge, while dodging an occasional vana sea urchin. After this, it is where the fun began. We all started jumping off rocks every which-way. My dad tried taking pictures of me and Heidi my cousin in mid-jump. It was really hard to pose in mid-air, but it was truly fun: You know, the great feeling of your stomach leaping out of your mouth, then stopping as you plunged into the water. I jumped, dived, and cannon-balled from fifteen feet high lava rock ledges.
It was fantastic!!! After that, I knew I could do anything. Go anywhere. My cousin said she could take me anywhere, plop me into the water, and instantly I would become a mermaid.
I could swim far lengths. I had far more amazing places to experience. All I am thinking in my mind is these two things: This means payback and this is going to be the best night ever. This is the perfect time to get Faith back for spilling my drink. She gets ice cream all over her and looks like a clown.
Giggling, we run to the bathroom like two supersonic jets gliding through the food-scented air. I notice two elderly women staring at us, probably thinking we are psychotic. Soon after, we leave the restaurant to head home. I am laughing the whole way home and anticipating what we will do next. Of course, I am laughing. Faith scrambles behind me so I can be her human shield. Sadly, I have to sleep on the unyielding ground, while Faith gets to be nestled in my cozy, warm, and soft bed.
Talk about unfair! I come upon an app, which records you while making the sounds of that dog treat commercial, when the dog smells bacon and goes crazy. Naturally, we have to try it.
The next morning, my dad and I fly up the enormous hill on our four-wheeler, while Faith and my mom trail behind us looking scared to death. We explore the vast and bumpy land on our grass-scented four-wheelers. Faith is a little girl learning to ride a bike for the first time, terrified but ready to go.
Luckily, this is not the first time she has driven, although she almost ran into a tree. Faith is a crazy monkey when she puts her hands on the worn-out handle bars because you never know what she is going to do. My head lies on the cold glass window; I think, Faith is an amazing friend. She sticks by my side through thick and thin. She cheers me up when I am down, and loves me for who I am.
She pulls out my first tooth! I raise my petite hand and ask to go to the office to get a case for my tooth. I can tell from the look on her face that Carsyn wants to ditch school and bring me, too, so that we can have our play date.
When we finally hear Mr. We run as fast as our little legs can carry us. Carsyn and I hop in the front seats and turn on the radio; while we rock out to our favorite jam, we are movie stars on the red carpet while people ask for our autographs.
When we arrive at her house, Carsyn introduces me to her animals. I think my head is going to explode with all those names. When we hop on the four-wheeler, I ask if I can drive it, and of course, Carsyn is polite and says yes. I am a little nervous about it, but I am ready to drive. Carsyn looks at me in curiosity, and she is a little worried, too. I put my hands on the wobbly handlebars and push it full speed. Uh oh, there is a tree right in front of us. Carsyn is a new born baby crying at the flashing.
I dodge the old and discolored tree, and ride up the mountain. I take a deep breath and see the muddy pond. She pulls and pulls, but her foot is glued like a piece of paper. Carsyn and I laugh our heads off! When we have caught about twenty tadpoles, we head back to her house.
I run away from her because I know revenge is coming. Carsyn hides behind a corner with a squirming tadpole in her hand. Carsyn is a hawk waiting for its prey to arrive as she waits for me.
I run outside and hide in the barn. We hear a car rolling up, and it is my mom. Carsyn walks me back to her house and grabs my things.
When I am in my car, I look out of my window and see Carsyn waving her little hand goodbye. I think to myself, Carsyn will always be my best friend in the whole world and this play date is going to be a memory forever.
Carsyn will always be my HERO! Lying in front of her were a few tickets. As I read them quietly, my eyes bulged. Well, we have our tickets and we will be leaving for the beach at around midnight.
This is going to be spectacular, as I have been informed that the turtle could lay close to one hundred eggs. But now I will have to go to bed, so that I can be ready for the midnight walk on the beach.
See you in a few hours. We are all walking anxiously down the road with our flashlights to the beach patrol station. There we wait for the patrol, a small group of leatherback turtle experts searching the beach for turtles, to report back to the station. We have been waiting for hours and there is little to do here in the dark of the night.
Some people are watching a strange Spanish movie, but I am too excited to watch. Even the beach is getting tired, waiting for the turtles to come. The patrol is finally back with good news, and we are leaving to see the giant turtles now. The guides will use infra-red light so as to not bother the sensitive turtles, but we will still be able to see them in the moonlight.
It is a long, tiring walk down the soft, sandy beach, and I wonder if it is all worth it. When we finally arrive to where the turtle is nesting, I see her enormous size. We slowly walk over to her as she is digging a hole in the sand. She gently turns and begins to lay her eggs. There are so many piling up, one after another, like an army of eggs being made. It is time to leave this breathtaking sight, and as we walk back, we spot another turtle. It is a green turtle and we stop for a few minutes to quietly look.
This has been an amazing sight, one I will remember for the rest of my life! The turtle was even a little bigger than me! All the sights, colors, and textures of Costa Rica are unforgettable, and I will remember them forever! It was six a. My mom was honking the car horn like an alarm clock nonstop until my brother, my dad, and I were in the car.
Then in a split second, we were off to Santa Cruz! The ride was four hours, and I got bored really quickly. Then I fell asleep. Next, I slowly woke up again to the shaking movement of the car stopping. We were at the huge hotel, The Marriott. Once we did a quick check-in, we sped off to the Boardwalk. I was so excited when I saw the awesome speed rides, but I was scared when I saw the drop rides.
Soon my brother was dragging me onto a big water ride with an enormous drop. I started to shiver. Sadly, I was in the fourth grade, and I was tall enough for the ride.
It was cold on the ride. When we went down, I closed my eyes and screamed. Finally, it was over, and then we went on the beach because I was too frightened to go on any other rides. So we went to the water by the Boardwalk. It was steaming hot like a pot of soup over the fire, but the ocean felt like an ice cold slushy.
When I was in the water, I noticed big waves, and when I say big, I mean really, really big waves. So my brother made up a game.
It was about chasing a wave, and then letting it chase you back to shore. Notice the intriguing first sentence that captures your attention right away. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say.
When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins! The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
The reader announces that he or she has "this fear" and you want to read on to see what that fear is. It causes my legs to shake. I break out in a cold sweat. I start jabbering to anyone who is nearby. As thoughts of certain death run through my mind, the world appears a precious, treasured place. I imagine my own funeral, then shrink back at the implications of where my thoughts are taking me. My stomach feels strange. My palms are clammy.
I am terrified of heights. Of course, it's not really a fear of being in a high place. Rather, it is the view of a long way to fall, of rocks far below me and no firm wall between me and the edge. My sense of security is screamingly absent. There are no guardrails, flimsy though I picture them, or other safety devices. I can rely only on my own surefootedness-or lack thereof. My son Matthew and my daughter Audra endlessly asked me to show them the dreamland of many children, with Mickey Mouse and Snow White walking by and arousing a huge portion of emotions.
Therefore, I thought that Disneyland was a good invention for loving parents. A diminutive middle-aged man came out from behind the trees - the caretaker. If you have a suggestion for the list, please email us through our contact page. Step 5: Story Mapping At this point, students will need to decide what they are going to write about. A skilled writer could tell a great story about deciding what to have for lunch.
Have students complete a basic story arc for their chosen topic using a diagram like the one below. This will help them make sure that they actually have a story to tell, with an identifiable problem, a sequence of events that build to a climax, and some kind of resolution, where something is different by the end.
Again, if you are writing with your students, this would be an important step to model for them with your own story-in-progress. Step 6: Quick Drafts Now, have students get their chosen story down on paper as quickly as possible: This could be basically a long paragraph that would read almost like a summary, but it would contain all the major parts of the story.
Model this step with your own story, so they can see that you are not shooting for perfection in any way. What you want is a working draft, a starting point, something to build on for later, rather than a blank page or screen to stare at. Step 7: Plan the Pacing Now that the story has been born in raw form, students can begin to shape it. Creating a diagram like the one below forces a writer to decide how much space to devote to all of the events in the story.
Step 8: Long Drafts With a good plan in hand, students can now slow down and write a proper draft, expanding the sections of their story that they plan to really draw out and adding in more of the details that they left out in the quick draft.
I would do this for at least a week: Start class with a short mini-lesson on some aspect of narrative writing craft, then give students the rest of the period to write, conference with you, and collaborate with their peers. During that time, they should focus some of their attention on applying the skill they learned in the mini-lesson to their drafts, so they will improve a little bit every day.
One of the most effective strategies for revision and editing is to have students read their stories out loud. In the early stages, this will reveal places where information is missing or things get confusing. Step Final Copies and Publication Once revision and peer review are done, students will hand in their final copies.
Beyond the standard hand-in-for-a-grade, consider other ways to have students publish their stories. Here are some options: Stories could be published as individual pages on a collaborative website or blog. Students could create illustrated e-books out of their stories. Students could create a slideshow to accompany their stories and record them as digital storytelling videos.
This could be done with a tool like Screencastify or Screencast-O-Matic. So this is what worked for me. Helping them tell their stories well is a gift that will serve them for many years after they leave your classroom.
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.I could remember when I first held her. Before long, I was approaching the wall for my finish. She pulls and pulls, but her foot is glued like a piece of paper. Share your assignment rubric so they understand the criteria that will be used to evaluate them; it should be ready and transparent right from the beginning of the unit. I put my hands on the wobbly handlebars and push it full speed. I had done fairly well in my previous events; however, I was edgy and nervous for this one.
Can't find what you are looking for? Since Emma is a gecko and is as wee as a mouse, she could be in any tiny place or crevice. Suddenly, Josh had a marvelous idea! Then I fell asleep. I pulled my arms back and did a stroke. I gave a small one.
Oh, my. I had pounds of butterflies in my stomach. Nevertheless, it had felt like a whole half hour to me! Then suddenly…he begins doing fast donuts going in circles , which are the worst. Join my mailing list and get weekly tips, tools, and inspiration that will make your teaching more effective and fun. Here are some examples of what that kind of flexibility could allow: A student might tell a true story from their own experience, but write it as if it were a fiction piece, with fictional characters, in third person.