S: Andrea's Adventures by Andrea Cole
FC: Andrea's Adventures
1: My name is Andrea. I am 11 and in 6th grade. I was born on June 4th in 1999. I reside in North Carolina in a monstrous 2-story house. Since I have five siblings, I share a room with my sister Jordy. In October, my sisters Jordy and Arynne began to beautifully play the harp. I am going to learn guitar, and I am learning Hebrew which I think is a cool language. I love baking, gymnastics, and designing clothing, but what I love to do most is play with pets. In April, my neighbors are going on a cruise, so I get to watch their pets. I own a sluggish hermit crab whose name is Atlantis, and a playfully fun dog whose name is Dasher. Most of my neighbors have dogs, but one of my neighbors has two cats named Tipsy and Pedro. I love her cats! Traveling is not what I like to do best, but sometimes I like to get away from home. In July of 2009 I went to San Francisco. I was extremely nervous at first and threw up on the plane. Happily, I felt better on the second flight and I had an extraordinary time with my cousins. Every year we go on a beach trip and sometimes we go on other special trips because my mom earns free trips with her job. In May of this year my mom and Johnnie, who is my oldest brother, are traveling to Hawaii. I think my mom’s job is really cool.
2: Desert Tarantula The largest spider in the world which is not dangerous to humans is the Desert Tarantula. Desert Tarantulas spend most of their time underground. You will usually see them at night, that’s when they are looking for insects or small animals. You can also see them mostly at mating season. The male tarantula can live 10 to 11 years and die after mating. Females live 25 years or more. She can lay eggs several times.
3: Starfish Starfish reside in oceans everywhere. Surprisingly there are over 2,000 kinds of starfish, which devour oysters and clams. Most starfish have 5, 10, 20 40 and some have even more arms. They lose arms, but they can grow back. They have organs in their arms not their bodies. Starfish really are not fish, so scientists want people to call them sea stars.
4: Peter the Great In the 18th century, Russia was the largest country which spread from the Pacific Ocean to Europe. Peter thought that there were wonderful things happening, he wanted to change Russia. Painters, musicians, writers, scientists and explorers changed the world. But the Russians didn’t want to change. At that time, Peter was a friendly tsar. In 1672 Peter decided that Russia needed a change. When Peter went to Europe he learned great change there. That’s one reason why he’s called Peter the Great.
5: David was a fearless shepherd boy who took care of his father’s sheep. One day his father came over to them, “The Philistines are coming for war! Get your armor; get your shields,” he screamed, while walking around in circles. All 12 brothers wanted to help save Israel. Now Goliath was 9 feet 9 inches tall, and that made the soldiers including David’s brothers run to their tents. David’s father was getting worried about David’s brothers and told David to go bring some food for them to eat. Goliath was ready to fight and someone needed to save Israel. The king offered David his armor and David tried it on but it was too big and David whispered, “I think I should just be plain old me.” “Very well,” whispered the king. That very second David came out and yelled, “Are you crazy, challenging the Lord’s army?” Goliath yelled back, “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” David picked up his weapons: a bag, a sling and a stone. David slung the stone and hit Goliath on the forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. | Face Down on the Ground
6: Once upon a time there was a lonely and glum boy who lived on the icy volcanic hillside on a beautiful sunny day. His father came down to the hillside to warn his talkative mute son to be careful to not cry wolf unless you spot a fluffy wolf. He’s discouraged because he’s lonely and bored beyond belief. The boy foolishly cried Wolf! Wolf! Wolf! Wolf! The worried villagers dashed to the flowery field. Dad yelled to him, “Don’t do it again!” Ten years later, the boy turned into a man, but was still lonely beyond belief. The boy was sitting on the hillside, eating a cookie. All of a sudden he heard a rustling noise through the bushes. A rainbow wolf jumped out, the boy said, “Whoa, that wolf is rainbow.” The wolf shouted, “Goutentoug!” and pounced on him. “The British are coming, the British are coming!” The villagers came up the hill and ate his cookie. | The Boy Who Cried Wolf This adaptation was written by the whole class. One group wrote the Characters and Setting, another the Climax, and the third group the Resolution.
8: The Deer and the Bear Once there lived two deer which both lived in the same forest. They both despised each other. They thought that they should both fight, so they jumped at each other. The bigger dear crushed the smaller dear, and he crawled to hide in a burrow. The winner ran to the top of a tall hill and yelled to tell them that he was the winner. The bear which was swinging overhead swooped down and grabbed the deer to take him to his cave. The rival spotted the deer; he came out of the corner of the burrow that he was hiding in and happily crawled out of the corner of the burrow. The bear wickedly brought the deer to his home to eat him. THE END
9: A donkey was being driven along a mountainside. The donkey which spotted his stall close by, decided to take a shortcut home. It seemed that the quickest way home was down a cliff. The master caught the donkey’s tail before the donkey jumped over. Stubbornly, the donkey continued pulling, and would not stop until he got his way. “Fine you silly beast, see where it leads you,” spoke the master. The foolish donkey fell head over heels. | Head over Heels
10: Whooping Cranes The Whooping Cranes Habitat Whooping cranes migrate to swampy habitats. In the summer, whoopers stay at Wood Buffalo National Park, located in Canada. Whooping cranes, which sleep on one foot like flamingos, fly south for the winter to Aransas Refuge. In the spring, they amazingly fly 4,000 kilometers back to the National Park. Both summer and winter the whoopers habitats are in the wetlands. Because whooping cranes diet is related in their habitat, they have to stay in swamping places. They search for plants, insects, frogs, and worms. In the National Park, they hunt for: fish, eggs, snakes, and birds. Surprisingly, one whooping crane devoured 800 grasshoppers in 1 hour and 15 minutes. When humans drained the marshes, whooping cranes had no food nor a habitat to live. Sandill and Whooping Cranes Extinction In 194 whooping cranes were rare and in danger. Only 15 survived! 100 years ago, 1,000 cranes were alive. Whoopers were becoming extinct and endangered! In 1980 there were 83 in te wild and 26 in captivity. Sandhills flew 1,200 kilometers, but whoopers flew 4,000. The Raising of a Chick Male and female whooping cranes share parenting equally. The parents both help build the nest with grass in a shallow swampy area. The parents switch places ten times a day incubating the eggs. Before the parents switch off, the parent that is a about to incubate the eggs bugles and then swoops down. The incubating period takes 28 to 36 days. The families migrate together while the parents make the new nest. It takes 5-6 years for a chick to mature. Typically parent’s responsibilities last about one year. The whooping cranes protect the nest and the chicks. If there is a predator, the parents will distract it by engaging in a dance. When the chick is in danger, the parents jump out of bushes, and do an alarm dance. Another way the whoopers distract predators is by hissing pecking, raising its wings and charging at the predator. The wing span of a whooper is 2 meters, so if both parents are charging at you it would be very frightening. Normally if the raising of a chick is a failure it is a probability of a poor parenting.
12: Top Secret Written by Sheyanne Johnsen Performed by Sheyanne as Detective Beckett/Kayla Andrea Cole as Scientist Emily Whooping Cranes - Arynne Cole, Marissa Nelson, Mikayla Nelson Samuel Walton as log Hello my name is Detective Beckett. Today I am going to be telling you some information. As you should know, there are no birds in wetlands but we have found bird droppings and feathers. Right now I am just about to go in HQ hoping they found more information. ’Have you found anything?’’ I ask scientist Emily.’’ Yes!” she said. It was a whooping crane. I said, where could it be Emily? She said,” I have for you 3 books on whooping cranes. I have highlighted the words that may help you in this mission. I have hired detective Kayla to go on this mission with you. Any information that you find please bring it back Emily spoke,” Yes I have packed one notebook, one silver camera and two binoculars. Now go to the first page in the notebook. That is where you can find the whooping crane .Now go!” “Ok, were does it say to go?” I asked Kayla. She spoke, It says they live in a swampy or marshy place which means they disgust fish, worms, frogs, clams, crabs, snakes and grasshoppers. Why don’t we go to Buffalo National Park? It says in the book that that may be one of the places you can find a whooping crane.” Ok then let’s go! Here we are at Buffalo National Park. WAIT!” What?” asked Kayla?” QUICK, take a picture.’’ Kayla said. But you have the camera and why do we have to take a picture so quick?” I said, Because the wind could blow it away.” She said oh Kayla said,” QUICK!” so I took the picture and I said, Ok Time to go back to HQ and show them what we have.” “WOW” said Kayla.” I asked what here is another feather.” I said,” What?” She,” said Look.” It was a driftnet feather. It looked as if there were two whooping cranes.
13: “Have you found anything?” asked Emily. I said, “Yes.” Kayla said “We found two feathers. We think they are from two different whooping cranes.” Ok,” spoke Emily.” I will do DNA and see what kind of birds these came from.” Next morning Kayla asked have you found what kind of birds they are? “Yes!” Emily said.” They are whooping crane. Now go out and find them. If you see them, take a picture of them because it is a giant mystery. Because, as you know, in 2008 there was a major drought and so all the birds left but if you find whooping cranes that means there is still water! So, go and solve the mystery!” “Ok here we are,” I said,” Look over there. It looks like a tunnel. Let’s go and see if they are in there. Wait, why don’t we just look through the binoculars said Kayla.” Ok,” I said. ’WOW AWESSOME!’’ Look, water! Sweet,’’ I said. I spotted something move in the cave! To Be Continued...
14: Animals Dogs which are affectionate and cute can also be Protective. Because dogs are cute and all doesn’t mean they are fun to clean-up after or train not to bite, or to pay for the grooming. Dogs are enjoyable pets to play with, they love to play tug-a-war and fetch. At this time, I have a Whippet mix which trots beautifully across the lawn; I would love to have a Shitzu, Boxer or a Shrewdle. Wrinkly kinds of dogs would be a Pug and Sharpei. I love dogs! Bunnies which are cuddly, soft and cute are also not fun to clean up after. They smell gross. Usually they live in a grassy area. Because they eat fruits and vegetables they are very healthy. I love Bunnies.
15: My Family Hey, my name is Andrea. I have a mom and dad. Sadly I have 5 siblings, two brothers their names are Johnnie, the missing brother, and Eric. I have three sisters, their names are Sofia, Arynne, and Jordy. Because I have a lot of annoying sisters and brothers we have to share stuff, I share a room with my sister Jordy. I have about two sisters who I am friends with – Jordy and Sofia. My younger sisters will not leave me alone. I was born in North Carolina. Fun Activities Every year my family goes on a trip. About nine months ago some of my family went to Disney World. Because they went there, we glumly didn’t go to the beach. I used to do soccer and gymnastics. I stopped soccer because I wanted to. My mom, who is awesome, unhappily couldn’t pay for it because we are redoing the kitchen. My thoughtful dad works at Ariva. His name is Al. My sister, Sofia, works at a post office. Six foot 9 inch Johnnie works at a greenhouse farm. Weirdly we share chickens with them. Last but not least-my mom, who works at the Pampered Chef.
16: Peckly Peckly Kept Pecking A chick was pecking on a bulky hose. The chick whose name is Peckly fruitlessly searches for hours. But now Peckly think he found a huge worm. He is very hungry and tired, but now he is overjoyed! As he is pecking, it is strangely weird because it has tough skin. Peckly kept pecking the hose. Ridiculous Chick The hose started squirting Peckly. Tiny Peckly pecked a hole in the green hose. Chilly water squirted him so he was shocked. It was a summer morning when he noticed that it was not a worm. Peckly who felt ridiculous and embarrassed, still felt hungry. The hose was still spraying water. Peckly is a Hero Peckly was sprinting away quickly. Because he spotted the farmer who was feeding the animals he went ever faster. At the feed box he was blissful for real food. He was also relieved because the monster didn’t get him. Peckly was a hero, he warned the other animals. Peckly trotted away to warn more animals.
17: Tion's Team Won! Sadly there once lived a girl, boy and dog whose names were Kindle (the girl), Tion (the boy) and Spot (the dog). They were at a basketball game. There were also behemothic cheerleaders and a fast moving hot dog vendor. Kindle was glum because she had no puppy. In the boys heart he was jubilant because she didn’t have a dog. Since the boy and dog were hungry they went to ask their hefty, overweight, slowly trotting mom if they could have a hot dog. Tion wanted money for the hotdog. Screaming wildly, the boy was staring because it was the afternoon in mid-winter. Within the mother’s heart was unhappiness because she had no money for the boy to get food, so he stole a wallet from a girl. Sadly Tion got in trouble by his mother because he had stolen a wallet. On the next day, an old joyful man was happily wheeling Kindle and her new cute dog to a basketball game, Tion and his dog to a basketball game. Tion and his dog were there. Kindle’s grandpa bought her a puppy. Trotting along Kindle’s wheelchair was her new dog, whose name was Killer. He was a happy and sweet puppy. Unfriendly Tion was being mean to Kindle because she was in a wheel chair. He got in massive trouble for that. Since Kindle was passing by a basketball game she decided to stay and watch the last game with her grandpa. The boys team won, so the dogs, the man, the girl and the women and the boy were all joyful.
18: Home Before Sunset About 2,000,378 years ago a boy and tiger, whose name Calven and Hobs, were going camping. Calven and Hobs were setting-up their tent, because they were having a blissful camping trip on a beautifully sunny day. Clumsily Hobs started a monstrous fire that almost destroyed the whole camp site in flames. Happily nobody died. When the fire was out the boy and tiger went in the tent and told ghost stories as if they were real. Around the diminutive tent was an ugly tree, and over the tree was the moon, which looked like a crescent. Calven could not hibernate at all so he woke up Hobs because he thought Hobs could help to get him to sleep. Sadly it didn’t work because Hobs just asked, “Hey are you scared of the Rump Zomby ghost?” Calven answered in a scaredish voice, No, not really are you?” Hobs answered, “No.” The tree fell by the tent. Calven and Hobs heard the gargantuan fall, and stayed up all night until sunrise scaredily shivering in the bunny slippers. They were frightened of the Rump Zomby Ghost. Since they stayed up all night their eyes which were extremely opened turned red. Around 5:00 am they fainted. At 11:00 am they left the camp site. Happily Calven and Hobs got home before sunset.
19: Back Row L to R: Sherry Thomas, Mikayla Nelson, Arynne Cole, Marissa Nelson, Sheyanne Johnsen, Andrea Cole, Lisa Berryhill Front Row L to R: Benjamin Kaiser, Samuel Walton, Elliott Thomas, Noah Bradley, Joseph Lang, James Sumrall | 5th & 6th Grade Creative Writing Class Teen Learning Center Charlotte, North Carolina
20: A Monument to All Our Fun Featuring Mrs. Thomas' writing class By Noah Bradley It was a devastatingly stormy day in the small village of TLC, and Elliott Thomas, an apprentice of the teacher named Mrs. Thomas, was working hard to learn writing. Elliott worked through hard days, earning tickets and unexpected homework. All of a sudden, one day Elliott was told by his teacher to go to the land of writing homework and tell all of the people there that if they did not finish their homework they would have to finish it next week along with the extra credit. But Elliott, who strongly detested the land of writing homework, decided that night he would think of an escape plan. Because he violently lay in his bed, thinking of a plan, he was tired the next day. One day, he found his plan. He was to get on a ship and sail to somewhere far away. Heck if he knew where, but he was going anyways. So, the next day, he went out in search of a port. After a long day of challenging searching, he finally found a port named “Cole Ship Yard” and went inside. There he found the manager of the port, Arynne Cole, who told him there was a ship in the yard, piloted by Andrea Cole, her sister. Then, Elliott went onto the ship and met his captain and sailors. There were two sailors, Joseph Lang and Mitchell Darden, whom he greeted, and then Elliott went into the captain’s room to meet her. He asked where the ship led, and she told him the land of no writing homework. Elliott was excited to go to the land where no man has to write. After setting sail, the clouds turned black, and a storm started brewing. Spontaneously, the waves grew to the size of buildings, and the ship was flying in the air. The three ship-mates decided to play a game of monopoly to decide who was thrown off the ship. After gaining a lot of money, Elliott was about to win, when all of a sudden a huge gust of wind threw all his money off the ship and into the sea. Mitchell won the game, and Elliott came in last. Elliott wanted to admit what he did, but he kept him mouth shut. But then, a huge blast of red energy pierced through the ship, and Elliott exclaimed the story so fast, all his ship mates got was “Throw me over board!” So, Mitchell ran in the ship and grabbed a floating ducky for him to use, and Joseph tied him to a board and shouted “Sayonara, sucker!” and threw him overboard. Floating softly through the sea with his eyes open somehow; Elliott saw a huge whale coming toward him. On top of the whale was what looked like a camera. But, as it got closer, Elliott saw it was an amazing laser that had many weird looking symbols on it. He somehow understood the symbols to say “I am awesome” many times. Then, the whale came up to him, and, with a satisfying “GULP,” Elliott was quickly gone, inside the whale. He explored the whale until he found a shadow inside the whale, which then got closer to show that he was a man, named ‘Noah’, who went out of the shadows to see Elliott. “Who are you?” Elliott asked. "Who am I?” The man stated, and then laughed a very strange laugh. If a donkey could laugh, and the donkey had a soar throat, that’s what he would sound like.
21: “Why, I am Noah, the man who was randomly attached to a whale when he was scuba diving one day. I then decided to attach a laser to it, just because I’m awesome!” He told Elliott. Elliott stared at the man in awkwardness. “Uh, OoooK.” He muttered. The man stared at him for a second, and then told him “Go talk to the little guy. The one over there.” He pointed behind Elliot. Elliot didn’t look the way the man pointed. He couldn’t believe that two people lived in one whale. But, eventually, he turned around and saw a little person wearing glasses. He walked over to him. “Hello” Elliott muttered. “Hi” exclaimed the boy, “My name is Benjamin,” “Do you know the way out of this whale?” Elliott asked. “Yes, I do.” Ben told him, “Right up there”, and he pointed to the hole in the whale. “Right.” Elliott stated “How do I get up there?” Benjamin grabbed Elliott’s hand and brought him onto the tongue, which made a disgusting “Squash” sound whenever he stepped on it. Benjamin yelled “Catapult!” and Elliott had just enough time to shout “WHAT?” The tongue bolted upward and Elliott went soaring through the hole onto an island. When Elliott landed on the island, he hit the sand and got it all in his eyes. He stood up, and put his face in the ocean, and got salt all in his face. He couldn’t see, so he felt around until he felt a towel. “There is no way what I’m grasping a towel” he muttered, but as he felt it more, he decided it was a towel. He put it on his eyes and looked up. There were two people named Marissa and Mikayla Nelson. Marissa, after taking back the towel, asked “Hello, is this your first time on the island?” Elliott muttered something really intelligent: “Uhh” Mikayla pulled out a clip-board and wrote down something while saying - First-time-on-island. “Very well then, follow me.” commanded the one named Marissa, which he followed to a part on a cliff that showed a big city, and after saying “That’s where you live.” Marissa left, and Mikayla quickly exclaimed “Enjoy your stay.” And then disappeared. Elliott, who was soggy, hungry, and freakishly tired, set out to the city. Before he got there, he met up with Samuel, the city guard, who he asked where he was. Samuel shouted “You are here at the island of writing homework.” Then, Elliott told him thank you, and moved on. He walked through the town and into the mayor’s office. The mayor’s name was James Sumrall, who he told his message to. James told him he couldn’t enforce that as a law. Only the governor, Sheyanne, can enforce things like that. So he went to the governor’s house, who told him she would enforce the law and make everyone there abide by the rules of writing class. Very happily, Elliott went home on a ship, knowing he had saved writing class because he had made the journey. THE END