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Gotta Go Back
in Time

choose a place and time and take yourself back there in an original story

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Student Sample: Upper Elementary

Jackie’s Bat
by Zack, fifth grade writer

One day I was flying to see my family in Pennsylvania. I brought my friends Spencer, Jake, and Jeff with me. We were flying on a 747 jet and I was assigned to row 17, seat B. I had heard that people who sit in my seat had disappeared into the past, but I thought it was a myth. How could such a silly thing like that be true?

The four of us sat reading Baseball Today when the plane hit some turbulence. We shut our eyes, a bit frightened. When we opened them, there he was sitting next to me, Jackie Robinson the Hall of Fame second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had died in 1972 so this was very strange. I thought it was a dream. I pinched myself just to make sure it was not a dream. Then I saw my friends Spencer, Jake, and Jeff, and I was glad that they were still with me. However, it seemed to me that it must be the entire row of seats that made people disappear, or that plane that had taken us back in time. I asked if they knew what was going on. I was so scared because I had no idea what to say to Jackie Robinson.

I asked Jackie “Hey Jackie, you are so important, so can I learn more about you?”

Then he told my friends and me about himself. He told us that today would be the first game he would play on a professional baseball team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. We asked him what the date was, and he said, “Today is April 15th, 1947.”

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