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Ulysses: Time Traveler

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Student Samples: Upper Elementary

Ulysses Hits the Slopes
by Baylie, sixth grade writer

When Ulysses woke, he saw white stuff all around him and he was very cold. He saw a sign that said Mt. Rose. He was walking around, looking for somebody to tell him where he was. He heard a noise that sounded like a bug. When the noise got closer, he saw a really bright light. He didn’t know what it was so he ran away. The noise was the ski patrol. The patrolman was on a snowmobile, and he chased Ulysses until Ulysses was so tired he couldn’t run in this white stuff. When the ski patrolman got off his snowmobile, Ulysses asked him how to get to Ithica.

The ski patrolman introduced himself as Mike. Mike told Ulysses to follow him.

Ulysses asked Mike, “Why is it so cold here and what is this white powder on the ground?”

Mike looked at him and laughed. When Ulysses and Mike reached the ski lodge, Mike said, “I have some skis and extra boots. You’re going to need them.”

Ulysses put on the skis. When he was walking around a huge hill, he began to think. He made a plan to ski down the hill and fly off a large metal thing that he was seeing other people fly off of. He could fly over the ocean and back to Ithica. Ulysses asked Mike to turn on the lifts and when he got to the top of the hill, he was on his way back to Ithica.

Once Ulysses was over the ocean, Cyclopes grabbed him and tried to pull him into the ocean. Cyclopes wanted to please his father, but you know Ulysses always gets out of danger. He grabbed his sword and chopped of the Cyclopes’ head.

Ulysses was on his way home again. He saw an island and decided he needed rest. When he got to the island, he found some food and stuff to make a fire. He slept all night woke early in the morning. He used his shirt as a sail, and he skied back to his homeland, Ithica.

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