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1: Surprisingly, I was born in my house and not a hospital. I have two sisters and one brother. My favorite movie is Tangled, my favorite book is The Count Of Monte Cristo, and my favorite TV show is Full House. I play soccer and sometimes baseball. Some of my favorite animals are monkeys, snakes, and hawks. I collect Lego’s, football cards, and Archie Comics. I want to go to Lego land, Australia, and China. My sister says I’m creative. My other sister, the one who goes to TLC, loves me very much. I usually get out of bed around eight thirty, but I have to get up at seven thirty on Thursdays. After I finish school for this year, I want to go on an awesome trip.

2: The Hugest Spider in the Universe The hugest spider in the universe is the Desert Tarantula. They look really scary in movies, but in real life they are not scary at all. Desert Tarantulas burrow underground. At night they patiently wait for insects to pass by so they can snatch them up to eat. When the male spiders become adults they search for female spiders so they can mate up. Once they mate and the female has babies the male dies leaving all the work to the female. Females can live up to 25 years +. Once the little eggs hatch and the spiders grow up they will mate and the same thing will happen over and over again which keeps the earth full of spiders.

3: Oysters Oysters are filter feeders; an oyster can filter up to five liters of water every hour. They have gills, two kidneys, and a three chamber heart. Surprisingly, not all oysters provide pearls, in fact once in a harvest of three thousand oysters only a few had perfect pearls. The largest oysters in the universe are the marine Pinctada Maxima, which is almost the size of a dinner plate. Oysters have two kinds, male and female. The weird part is that they can change from a male to a female or the other way around. I think oysters are very interesting.

4: Peter The Great In the eighteenth century Russia, which is the hugest country in the world, spread all the way from Europe to the Pacific Ocean. Everywhere else in the world great things started to change, people started to change too, like scientists, painters, musicians, writers and explorers. Surprisingly, Russia objected to the change. Then came a man named Peter Alexeevich, the Czar of Russia. Because he was the czar, he wanted to help the Russians change. He took a trip to Europe, where he learned many things to influence people and Russia to change. This is just one of the many reasons he’s called Peter the Great.

5: About two hundred years ago there was a peddler and his donkey that went to a seashore to get salt. Going down a road back home, they came to a stream which they had to cross. Unfortunately the donkey tripped over a rock, and spilled half of the salt in the stream. Because the donkey spilled the salt, the peddler retraced his donkey’s steps. The peddler got a greater amount of salt this time. They rested there. When they got back to the stream the donkey tripped on purpose. Victoriously he got up like he had accomplished his goal. Because of the donkey, the peddler had to go back again. The peddler started back. This time he got sponges. Breathing heavily because of the sponges, the donkey headed back to the stream. Quickly they got back to the stream. The donkey purposely tripped again. As he got back up he had more weight than before. The peddler purposely did this so the donkey would have double the weight. ”Of all the donkeys I could of gotten, I got you.” yelled the peddler. Laughing the peddler shouted “things never happen the same way twice.” | Things Never Happen the Same Way Twice

6: The Brave Little Mouse About fifty years ago there was a mouse going along a trail absentmindedly when he came across a lion. The lion was asleep and the mouse hopped right on his nose, waking him up. The lion was very grumpy. Furiously, the lion got up and grabbed the mouse by the tail and was going to eat him. But the mouse shouted, “Wait! Please don’t eat me! If you spare my life, perhaps one day I will help you in return.” The lion just laughed. “Ha ha ha, you help me? That’s ridiculous. A little mouse, helping a big lion?” But the lion let the mouse go anyway then he trotted off. The lion was on his morning walk a couple days later when he fell into a net. He felt scared and trapped. Loudly, he roared because he was scared. The little mouse heard the lion’s roar and went to help him. About the time the mouse got to where the lion was, the hunters that had trapped the lion were on their way to get him. The little mouse was determined to get the lion out. So he got onto the net and started chewing it. Diligently, the mouse kept gnawing until the rope gave in. After the mouse had freed the lion, they ran away until they were safe. The lion was so grateful. And the lion became best friends with the brave little mouse.

8: The Ghost and the Ghostbuster Once there was an abandoned carnival. There were all kinds of things that lived there. Like zombies, witches, talking trees, and worst of all, ghosts. Surprisingly there were only two ghosts, which strongly hated each other. They had been living in the same place for fifty years, and finally one could take no more. So he went up and yelled at the other ghost “come out and fight you cowardly ghoul.” So he came out and fought. Once a ghost gave the other a good whopping the loser ghost went in to hiding. While the loser was hiding, the winner zoomed up to the top of the roller coaster and declared himself the king of the carnival. While he was on the roller coaster a ghost buster parachuted down, saw the ghost and chased him all the way to Chile. So the other ghost came out of hiding and was now the king. So now everything lived more dreadfully then ever.

9: One day there was a donkey pulling his master’s cart down the hill home. The donkey eyed the house and wanted to go down that way, but his master pulled him back, because that way was a cliff. The donkey kept pulling so his master finally let go and said, “You go your way and I’ll go mine.” So the donkey went and fell off the cliff, plunging down to his death. | Donkey and the Driver

10: The Fox and the Crow Once upon a time there was a Fox . He was sly, sneaky, and also starved. So he went to look for food in the forest of Rainbow Pony’s. While he was looking for food he came upon a Crow on a tree. He spied a piece of cheese in her mouth. Which made him even more hungry. Because he was so hungry, he thought of a plan on how to get the piece of cheese. So he cleverly stood up and shouted at the crow “My my my, aren’t you the most beautiful thing in the whole forest. I’ve never seen something so pretty in my entire life.” The crow would have said something back but she had the piece of cheese in her mouth. The fox went on ”Your eyes, they are so blue like sea. Your beak, more shiny than the sun. Oh and your voice, it must be a wonderful sound.” shouted the fox. “Oh please will you give me just one note, please, just one.” The crow was so proud herself that she opened her mouth and cawed and croaked. Dropping the cheese in right into the foxes mouth. The crow asked if the fox thought it was good. The fox replied, “The cheese was great, but your singing was awful”. And the fox trotted away laughing and snickering because of the deed he did. The End

11: The Ballerina Boy and the Fluffy Wiener Dog Once upon a time there was a village of ballerinas named Ghalas-at. There was one ballerina boy, in particular, that guarded the magical calculators from the fluffy wiener dogs on the thunderous hillside. One day his father, the chief ballerina, came down to warn his son not to holler “fluffy wiener dog” unless there was actually a fluffy wiener dog. So for a long time he obeyed this rule, but after about two hours he began to get lonesome. So he screamed, “Fluffy wiener dog”. And the whole village quickly danced to where he was guarding calculators. But there was no wiener dog. One of them protested, “Why have you called us when there was no wiener dog”? He replied “I... er... uh... I... I don’t know why. I was really lonely so I called ya’ll”. “Don’t ever do it again.” one of them yelled, and then they all went back to their dancing. About thirty minutes later he called again “Fluffy wiener dog” and once again the whole village came. They asked the same question and he gave the same answer. The ballerinas yelled at him once more “Don’t ever do that again”. So he didn’t. But about three hours later he spied a fluffy wiener dog. It sickened him with his fluffy fur, and its tail wagging. Then he screamed at the top of his lungs “Fluffy wiener dog” “Fluffy wiener dog”. All the ballerinas heard him, but ignored him and kept dancing. He yelled again “Fluffy wiener dog” “Fluffy wiener dog”. Then the whole village thought maybe there was actually a Fluffy wiener dog. So they raced to the magical calculators and all they caught sight of was a hot pink tutu. THE END

12: Whooping Cranes Whooping cranes survive in swampy and marshy habitats. They spend summertime in Canada. After summer, they migrate to Texas for winter which is four thousand kilometers away. Although their diet consists of frogs and juicy plants, they also enjoy clams, fish, and snakes. Surprisingly, they are the tallest flying bird in North America, reaching a height of approximately five feet. The deadly chemical DDT, which was used to spray crops, caused the whooping cranes to have eggs that were extremely thin. Sadly, scientists were only able to prevent one egg from dying. D.D.T. was banned in 1972. After the scientists discontinued using D.D.T., the diminishing whooping crane population began to increase. When this began to happen, the whooping crane’s eggs became stronger. Extinction is defined as a certain animal which once existed but is no longer a surviving species. Whooping cranes are rare birds. They are not extinct but are going to be if something isn’t done to protect them. Unfortunately, the rivalry of the whooping crane’s family is another reason they are becoming extinct. Since some sand hill cranes are adopting whooping cranes, this is greatly improving the process of saving them. Until scientists find a solution, the whooping crane population will continue to dwindle.

14: Soccer Soccer is a fun sport. It is played all over the world. In other countries, it is more popular than football. In Mexico, the children love to play soccer; they play it more than any other sport. In America, soccer is becoming more popular, but not as much as football. Children love to play soccer but they have lots of other sports to choose from like baseball, basketball or football. Surprisingly, people don’t enjoy watching it as much as these other sports, but it’s still played by lots of boys and girls. I love to play soccer myself. I like the running, kicking and cool tricks which can be done with the ball. I have been playing organized soccer for six years and I always enjoy the competition, whether we win or lose. Soccer is my favorite sport and if I lived in Mexico I’d probably love it even more.

15: My Family This is my life. I usually wake up around 8:00. I do math, english, history, spelling and of course TLC schoolwork. After school and lunch, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I swim at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club for one hour. I am about to start soccer which involves lots of running and kicking. Unfortunately, my dad says when I turn twelve, I have to take a shower every night, but I don’t think that’s fair if I don’t reek. This is my family’s life. Quickly, Amanda, who is my sister, gets prepared for her job. My other sister Allison is a sleepyhead, but when she is awake, she is a diligent worker. Jeremy my only brother. He goes to school and runs triathlons, he trains extremely hard for them. At dawn, my dad gets up and leaves for work, he is a self-employed carpenter. My mom teaches swimming and also does triathlons. She stays busy all week long. I love my family!

16: Just Be Patient Once there was a chick named Chuck. He always liked to try to do things on his own. He didn’t want help from his mother or his brothers, or even Farmer Brown. He was very independent. One day, he got extremely hungry but his mother was too preoccupied to make him any breakfast. Hurriedly, he set off in search of food. He came across something that appeared to be a worm which looked unusual, but he didn’t care because he was famished. Chuck hopped onto the worm. He noticed how stiffly the worm moved. Quickly, he began to peck at it, hoping to relieve his hunger. As he pecked, he noticed that his beak was becoming increasingly sore. After a long time of pecking, a sudden burst of water splashed his face. Chuck thought he was being attacked by the worm which scared him enough to retreat.

18: Camping Can Be Scary One night awhile back, Calvin and Hobbes decided to camp out in the backyard. They got everything ready. Once they were prepared, they told Calvin’s mom goodnight and went excitedly to the tent. Shortly, they unrolled their sleeping bags and got comfortable. Calvin, who is an excellent storyteller, resolved to tell ghost stories. Calvin went first. His wasn’t particularly frightening, but it was funny. Thinking his story was funny, Hobbes told one that was scary, and it made Calvin wet his pants. Once they were finished, they told each other goodnight and tried to go to sleep. Since they had been telling ghost stories, they were both a little spooked. Soon as Calvin was bout to fall sleep he heard an unusual noise. It was loud and mysterious! He quickly woke up Hobbes who was startled. Sleepily, Hobbes asked Calvin what was wrong. Calvin yelled that he was afraid since there was something out there making frightening noises. The campers were sill scared to close their eyes as the sun came up. Finally, the night was over. The bat which Hobbes had held all night was still in his paws. Famished and exhausted, Calvin and Hobbes went inside. They were so tired they could barely swallow their breakfast. To make things worse, Calvin and never changed his pants. Camping was not as much fun as they thought.

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

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