S: Mikayla's Stories By Mikayla Nelson
1: My name is Mikayla Nelson I am eleven years old. My birthday is July 30, 1999. I am a native of Pineville, North Carolina. I have gone to Church at Charlotte all the years of my life, and have many friends, as well as here at TLC. I am the youngest out of four children. From youngest to oldest, the kids are: me, Marissa, Blake, and Bryce. Blake is fifteen and in the ninth grade. Bryce is in college; it’s his first year. Then Marissa is my twin and only sister. She is my best friend. Plus one more in heaven; we don’t know whether it is a girl or boy, but I hope it’s a girl. Then my parents, of course, are Lance and Rachel. I have no pets, but I like to ride horses, and I think bunnies are cute. I like to act and sing, so I’m in choir at my church. We sing in church often and I’ve had some solos. In the spring we will perform a musical, which I am very excited about.
2: Desert Tarantula The tarantula is the biggest spider on earth. Although movies characterize these spiders as deathly and scary creatures, they are not harmful at all. These spiders dwell in their burrows by night, waiting for little insects to come along to eat. During mating season, they look for girl tarantulas. Males live for about ten years, then die after they mate; while females live twenty-five years or more, and mate many times during their lives.
3: Pillbug Pill bugs, also known as rolly pollys, are little bugs that you can find in your backyard. When you touch or disturb this little bug, it rolls up into a ball. The soy bug, which is part of the pill bug family, is very similar to the pill bug, but it does not roll up into a ball. Pill bugs are actually crustaceans, like lobsters or crabs. So that they can breathe under water with their gills, their gills must stay moist. That is why you find them in wet places.
4: Starfish There are actually two thousand different species of star fish, which abide in the earth’s biggest, amazingly awesome waters. These little sea creatures like to eat oysters or clams. Once a star fish loses an arm, that arm can make its own body because each arm has organs. Star fish can have five to forty arms. These fish are not really fish, so scientists think that star fish should be called sea stars. I think that sea stars are very interesting.
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 Character and Setting, another the Climax, and the third group the Resolution.
8: My acting Experience This is the story of my acting life. The first play that I ever accomplished was called, “Daniel.” You know, like Daniel in the lions’ den. I had a solo that year, and a small acting part with no lines. The next year we performed, “Promise U,” where I got to be the beautiful Pocahontas, who delightfully dances with fabric blankets. Before Mrs. Jenny, the producer of the musicals, decides who gets what special part, we try out! So Mrs. Jenny calls people up front and tells them who to try out as. One year I had to try out as a boy part; it was terrible. But I got a part in a different scene. It was really fun. I was myself, but in different character. So this is my last year now in choir, so I want a big part. I really would like to be a girl named J.J. When I tried out, I auditioned as her, but the next week Mrs. Jenny and Mrs. Melissa told me I got . . . Annie! Wow! She’s not what I wanted, but once I read the script, I really liked her. So it is completely okay. The play is called, “Go, Go, Jonah.” Jonah got stuck in a whale, and it is modern day now. Kids are at a museum learning about him . . . “The year is 650 B.C. and the place is Israel and the Word of the LORD came to Jonah . . .” So that is my acting experience. But that is not all I have done; I have also attended camp. A week day camp is called, “Drama & Music Camp.” I love Drama & Music Camp, but I am so sad that my church is not doing it this summer. I will never get to be in it again. The past years when I have participated in camp, I have been a bowl, Fran, a twin, and one other part that I just can’t remember. We do pretty ribbon and stick worship dances too. I was in the special group both years that we performed with sticks. I love drama and Music Camp, and highly recommend it to all the kids.
11: My Family Today I am going to tell you about my fantastically awesome family. I love my family. Surprisingly, I have a really large family. I have three siblings: Bryce (19), Blake (15), and Marissa, who is my twin. We are eleven wonderful years old. Bryce is in college; I miss him a lot. Before he went to college I sobbed. I am a native of Charlotte - Pineville area. My dad is a therapist and my mother works at my church. When I grow up I want to be a teacher. My favorite family activities are family reunions. We have been to Colorado and the beach, which was my absolute favorite vacation ever. In Topsail Island, all twenty-seven of our dearly loved family members gathered at a beautiful beach house. When we all arrived, we settled in and went to sleep, since most got there at night. The next morning was Sunday, so we had our own church service in the theater room. We sang hymns, and my grandpa, who is a preacher, preached. I love the beach. Surprisingly, there was not enough room or my parents, so they stayed with me and Marissa. When we got to go in the big blue ocean, we zoomed down the walkway and through the sand. That is the story of my delightful family.
12: The Generous Bird Once upon a time there lived a frolicy little bird who loved to go adventure the pastures. One utterly beautiful day, a chick named Bailey went for some food and found an enormous worm as she thought but really it was a hose! Bailey pecked and pecked at the hose, but it wouldn’t budge. You see Bailey is starving. Famishly she keeps on pecking. In the scorching heat, she pecked for hours. Finally the ‘worm’ which is actually a hose, burst open! The water started gushing out and the adorable bird was sad and scared, for she had worked on this for a very long and all her unfortunately hard work was for nothing. Inside she wanted to cry because she was tired, hungry and sad. The chick who was now running away from the scary hose, tripped and when she got up she saw these freakishly large humans coming at her, when she spotted something in the human’s hand -- the human dropped FOOD! The chick picked it up and darted to her home where she lived with her mama and papa. She loved her family very much. Generously she shared it with her family. In the pasture Bailey was most generous. Even though she was the most starving one, her family was too.
14: The Ghosts in the Graveyard Once upon a time, there lived two remarkably wonderful friends, Bill the boy and Tyler the tiger, who were camping in the graveyard because they thought it would be fun. Inside the tent, they were murmuring ghost stories. Suddenly, they heard a weird noise outside. They thought it was a ghost! During the night, while they were trying to slumber, Bill the boy woke up to a freakishly scary nightmare. Bill’s nightmare was about ghosts sweeping him into the underworld where they were tortured and burned. Tyler, who was still sleeping, was now awakened by Bill. Surprisingly, Tyler the tiger did not have a freakish dream. Bill told Tyler about the dream and what it could mean. Do dreams like this come true in some kind of way? Soon they would know! In the morning, they were so miserably tired and scared that they reclined on a rock outside the tent, which was a rather nice and sturdy tent. Tyler the tiger had a baseball bat and Bill the boy had a flash light, because they thought it would keep the ghost away. Bravely, they stayed there until they were surrounded by the ghosts of the boneyard. They died that morning. THE END
15: 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
16: 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.
17: “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
19: I saw a weird bug. He was inside a mug. The mug was inside a jug. And a girl gave it a slug. The bug’s name was Ben. The girl’s name was Jen. | The Bug in the Mug By Mikayla Nelson, Benjamin Kaiser, James Sumrall