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Showing How to Deal
with Anger

self-reflecting on a time the writer was angry while exploring details and voice

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Student Sample: Upper Elementary

Broken Chair
by Jeremy, fourth grade writer

I felt like I was on fire and I’d destroy anything in my way. “Rrrraaahhhggg!” I yelled in a rage. I was now seeing red. My hair felt on fire as I yelled what sounded like a battle cry. “Rrraaahhhggg!” I screamed again. “How did this happen?” I thought as time slowed down.

I had been playing Club Penguin and rocking around in the computer seat when I crashed down to the floor. “It’s going down,” I thought with a smile.

My mother came running. “Did you break the chair?” she growled. “Go to your room,” she ordered before I could even answer. I tried to object, but she pushed me there. I tried to tell her the truth, but she grounded me for a day. Now I was truly mad, and that brings us up to date.

After that, I ran around the house, then outside, then back in, and stormed to my room. There I jumped on my bed and started to read. Soon I escaped in my book, and by the time I finished it, I felt back to normal. Boy, was I relieved. I was now water, not fire.

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