by Wally, first grade writer
Pop! The camper hit a bump when we were driving to the campground. When we got there, I climbed a tree.
Snap! A branch broke and I almost fell, but I kept my balance.
After that we had fun camping for seven more days.
by Ethan, second grade writer
One day I went to Honduras.
I was hiking in the forest. Crunch. Crunch. I tripped over a rock.
Aagh! I fell in a hole. I found a gold Idol. I climbed up in the place where the idol was safe, but it sunk.
A big rock was rolling towards me. I screamed, “Eeek!” and climbed as fast as I could. I used green vines to climb out.
I made it out and went home and showed everybody.
Huh! Huh! Huh!
Mimi, third grade writer
Huh! Huh! Huh! I was riding my bike to TWIST Camp. I was so excited, wondering what fun things we were going to do today. My mind was so on camp I didn’t see where I was going, and then I whizzed down, down, down the hill.
Suddenly, a snake jumped, BOING, out of a bush and bit my tire.
CRUNCH! My bike did a wheelie and I got thrown off my bike. SCRATCH! I hurt my knee and this all happened at the speed of sound.
Then I heard my bike POP! I watched as all the air shot out of my tire. WHIZ!
I was lucky because my mom was going to the store and picked me and my bike up.
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Student Samples: Upper Elementary
by Desiree, fourth grade writer
My mom and I race to the Reno Philharmonic! WHOOSH!
Mom pays the cashier--Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching! I can hear the music. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! We run down the stairs down, down, down.
The security guard yells, “Halt, you are two minutes late!”
MMMM… I am mad, but my mom gets us in. Yes!
A man sits next to me. He is chewing gum -- Pop! Pop! -- but I do not care because the music is so pretty!
The music is over. Now we head home and the car goes WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!
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Journey to an Ice Cave
by Miguel, fifth grade writer
BANG! I heard my teacher hit my desk with the ruler as she told me to pay attention. I was day dreaming about a journey to an ice cave again.
A couple minutes later I was back at the cave. The trail to the cave was windy, snowy, and cold, and the wind was blowing the snow in all directions. WHOOSH! I couldn’t see anything.
In the distance I saw a hill, a snowy white hill. As I hiked, I saw a dark hole in the side of the hill. When I got to the cave--WHOOPS!--I slipped into the cave’s mouth.
"AAAAHH!!!!" I slid into the cave, which was not very dark. As I kept sliding I began to shiver until I finally stopped.
I walked around the cave, and I saw frozen animals on the cave walls: a huge alligator, a monkey, and a wolf. I wondered how these animals had gotten here.
CRACK! I heard the ceiling break. It was falling. I ran to the opening of the cave, but the ice blocked the cave’s entrance.
BANG! I heard my teacher bang my desk again. This time I was in trouble.