1: I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1998. It’s a very friendly city with tons of restaurants. I have been here in NC for most of my life which is about twelve years. I have two homes in NC, my dad’s house and my mom’s house. I have three siblings, two brothers and one sister. My brothers’ names are George and John. George is eighteen and doesn’t have a job. John is ten and likes to skateboard. My sister’s name is Jodie. She has two kids. She is the oldest. I have a few hobbies: video games, Legos, and playing outside with my friends. My favorite one is playing outside. My second favorite is playing video games. My number one picks for playing video games are Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 and Transformers War for Cybertron.
2: Desert Tarantula Tarantulas aren’t as harmful as they display on shows. It’s amazing how the female spiders can survive up to twenty-five years or more. Male spiders can amazingly exist up to a decade. They perish oafter mating which increases the Tarantula population.
3: The Amazing Sea Stars Starfish live in a world called the ocean. Surprisingly, there are more than 2,000 kinds of starfish. They feed on oysters and claims which make a tasty snack. Starfish can have 5 to 40 arms. They can lose their arms then regrow them. They amazingly grow new bodies from an arm because their important organs are in their arm not their bodies. Starfish are not really fish. So scientists think they should be called Sea Stars. | Oysters Bivalves are marine animals. The very precious bivalve is the oyster. Most bivalves have two shells, one on the bottom and one on the top. Oysters are commonly found in shallow waters all over the oceans which they are usually also found attached found attached to rocks. The female oysters can lay 500 – 50 million eggs a decade and not many will survive.
4: Peter the Great In the 18th century, Russia was the biggest nation on the earth. It spread through Europe all the way to the Pacific Ocean which makes perfectly good sense that it would be the largest nation in the world. Splendid things were happening there because of the musicians, painters, writers, and scientists. Surprisingly, Russia didn’t want to be changed. But when Peter Alexeevich (AKA Peter the Great) became the tsar, he decided to bring great change to his nation. And that is the main reason why his called Peter the Great.
5: A man walked his donkey to a mall to purchase salt. He rode to his home over a river which his evil donkey, accidentally taking a false step, fell over into a large puddle of water. Making his load much lighter, because the water absorbed the salt. So the man took his evil donkey back to the mall to get more salt. And this time he bought twice as much as last time which doubled the donkey’s load. They started back, and the donkey, purposely, fell over into the large puddle. And the man spotted this bad deed, and headed back for the mall. This time the man bought sponges to trick the stupid donkey, which is very smart because the donkey would have fell over and over. So they started home. This time the donkey fell over purposely, and when ye fot up his load got ten times heavier. Listen to the master. | The Man and His Donkey
6: Once there was a young shepherd that was very lonely. He wanted to have a friend or someone over. Then he remembered what his father told him-cry for help if you see a wolf. So foolishly he cried Wolf! Wolf! which was very stupid because the village would just tell him not to do it again. The men from the village came rushing to him but there was no wolf. The boy just wanted to see some people which made perfectly good sense because he never gets to see anyone. So the men warned to only cry wolf if he sees one. But the boy got lonely again and stupidly cried Wolf! Wolf! The men came rushing up but there was no wolf. So the men warned him for the last time. This time the boy spotted an ugly grey wolf coming out of the forest. The boy cried Wolf! Wolf! but no one came. He cried and cried but no one came. Finally someone came but he was too late. The wolf had eaten everything except for the boy’s underpants. The man went home with a look of guilt on his face which is why no one should cry something unless it’s there because if it does come no one will believe you. One lie leads to many. | The Boy Who Cried Wolf
7: One day a long time ago, Israel was at war against the Philistines. They were at different hills. And there was a young shepherd named David who watched over his father’s white lovely sheep which was a good job for his age. While they were at war, a big man about 9 feet tall came out and said, “Come and send your best man.” He stupidly said that for over a month which made no sense. No one came because they were scared. The big man’s names was Goliath. One day David’s dad told him to check on his brothers which were in the evil war. So David went and heard the imposter Goliath’s ugly bellow. David said let me fight this fool. All I need is a good soft black stone. And he went out to fight the fool. Goliath said, “You make me wait a month and you send me a boy.” David pulled out a slingshot and shot Goliath in the head knocking him cold out. | KO'ed (Knocked Out)
8: The Cock and the Eagle | Two birds (cocks) survived in the same farm area. They despised each other so much that one day they flew up and violently decked it out. After being beat, one of the birds crawled to safety which was a good idea. The other cock went to the high tree and boasted about his victory.
9: Once there was a stubborn donkey being driven down a mountainside. Surprisingly, it glimpsed his home for a short amount of time and decided to take a shortcut home. He noticed that the fastest way down was off a cliff. His master caught him by the tail which was very nice, but the donkey kept trying so he let it go. | Donkey and the Driver
10: One day a normal old monkey sat in a tree. He had a banana in his hand and a gorilla spotted this because it was yellow which was very easy to spot. The gorilla stood under the tree saying, “My how clean you look today.” The monkey was proud of this deed. The gorilla also said, “My how well I hear you climb amazingly well.” But the monkey would not let go of the banana. “How well I hear you swing on the vines. Would you show me?” | As the monkey was about to idiotically let go, he remembered the banana in his hand which probably made the gorilla mad. I also hear you hit your chest as good as me because of your big tight fist. This was all the monkey could handle. He dropped the banana and started showing off all of the nice things the gorilla had told him. The banana landed right into the gorilla’s hand and he said, “Wow! That was stupid! I thought you were smarter than that, which was very mean to say because of the way he said it. The gorilla walked happily away. | The Gorilla and the Monkey
11: The Lion and the Mouse One day, in the dark forest, a lion lay asleep. A small little mouse was darting across the dirt. Stupidly walked on the lion, waking him up, the lion growled and put his paws over the little mouse. The mouse squeaked in fear. Because the lion was pink! The mouse said, give me life and maybe I will be able to return a favor which makes perfect sense. The lion laughed while he said, “How could you help me because you are so small? I’ll let you go.” And the mouse ran away as fast as he could which was a good idea. Some time after. A group of hunters were trying to catch the big lion. The lion was walking through the forest when a trap sprung and caught him. He screamed and the mouse heard this and started running. He spotted the lion and he bravely said, “Don’t scream because the hunters will hear you.” I’ll bit through the ropes and he did. And they were free. Small things can do big things.
12: Whooping Cranes Whooping Cranes are often found in marshes which are also known wetlands. One of the main reasons they live in marshes is because there are a lot of freely walking and lying bugs to eat. It is also kind of a safe place to live besides the hungry water animals. So go to a marsh. Whooping Cranes rapidly build there nests in the marshes’ shallow waters. Some of the ways they defend their babies or eggs is they will hiss and peck at the threat. They will also charge at the enemy till it leaves. So don’t mess with a Whooping Crane. For a while now Whooping Cranes have been close to extinction. In 1994 they were extremely rare for 1 – 2. But about 100 years ago there were thousands. One of the ways they became so rare is because when one of the eggs hatched it would peck at the other egg until it would hatch open.
14: Video Games I’m going to talk about some of my favorite video games. One new game that is coming out in March that I want extremely bad is Crysis 2. I’ve played the online demo on the XBOX 360. But the only two games I own are Star Wars The Force Unleashed II and Transformers War of Cybertron. Crysis 1 is my favorite game for the computer. It’s extremely realistic because you can pick up just about anything. My newest game for my computer is Breach. It’s for the XBOX 360 too but I wanted it for the computer. You can blow up walls and bridges.
15: My Family My family is pretty small. My mom’s name is Dinki. Actually she has two names. When she was fifteen her mom died. Her dad requested her name be Dinki when she was one year old. She amazingly home schools my brothers and I. My dad’s name is Rick. He works for the Department of Justice. My parents are divorced. I have an older brother and a younger brother. My older brother is eighteen and his name is George. He has a job at Smoothie King. My little brother is ten and his name is John. Despite our small family, we are close. Some of our best vacations were when we went to Lego Land. That was surprisingly not very fun because a lot of the rides were closed. Because of rides being closed, Lego Land was surprisingly not my favorite vacation.
16: The Chick and the Worm One day a hungry baby chick named Bob, was looking helplessly for something to devour. Bob had been looking for hours when he came across a giant worm. Happily he pecked as hard as he could. Then he got sprayed by water because the giant worm was really a hose. The baby chick was terrified, besides who wouldn’t be scared if you were just a baby chick. As the worm sprayed wildly, Bob moved from side to side trying not to get drenched. After about a minute he was right by the hose. When he was right by the hose, he pecked at it again. Surprisingly the water started to stop, which surprised Bob. Bob thought to himself that he had killed the big, green worm. After he killed the worm, he ran to his mom and told her everything, which must have shocked the mom because she has surprisingly never seen a giant worm. Instantly after telling his mom, Bob ran to go tell his friends. Bob was surprised that they didn’t believe him. After that he started crying. Then his mom came up to him and said, “It doesn’t matter if they don’t believe you, it matters that you believe that you killed that big worm.”
17: The Sad Girl One day a young boy named Bill and his dog named Joe were watching a basketball game. Billy spotted a little girl in a wheelchair. She looked very sad. Since she looked so sad Billy came up and happily said, my dog is the thing that keeps me from getting sad. "But that's why I'm crying," the girl said. Surprisingly Billy didn't understand. Then she said, "My dog ran off which is why I'm calling my grandpa to see if he knows where he is. All this time Joe had been growling at the hot dog vendor because he wanted one. But Billy and Joe had no money. After Billy knew Joe wanted a hot dog, Billy happily asked his mom for some money. His mom had no money with her which must have surprised Billy because his mom always has money. Exactly after that Billy had an idea. billy was going to find the sad girls dog, so that she might give him a little money to get a hot dog. Billy started searching. after about ten minutes of searching, Billy and Joe dashed to tell the girl they found the dog. After they found the dog, Billy and Joe went to tell the sad girl. When they got there Billy sighted an old man, who must have been her grandpa telling her it will be okay. Billy thought to himself, I hope they give me a little money. he also hungrily thought, what if this isn't their dog. Happily the girl said, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Then Billy walked away. When Billy and Joe went home he kind of wished he had asked for a little money.
18: The Boy and His Pet One day a young boy, named Michael, and his pet tiger named Stripes were cheerfully camping in Columbia, South Carolina. Since it was getting dark and they were both by a campfire, they started telling terrifying ghost stories. Billy told Stripes his best ghost story which scared Stripes to death. Increasingly the fire started to die, because the fire was almost out. They both rushed to their tent. They tried to sleep. After they tried to go to sleep, Michael and Stripes decided they were too scared to sleep. Continually they heard scary noises. Because they couldn’t sleep Stripes found a bat and fortunately Michael found flash light. They stayed up all night. Since they stayed up all night there were extremely tired. They sat in front of their tent all night because they were so frightened. Surprisingly Michael was more scared than Stripes. Billy said, “Why don’t we get ready to leave.” Then they went home, which made poor, little Stripes and Michael so happy.
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’s 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