Daily Archives: May 20, 2017

Old Writing: Part 17::Picking Countries

This was written when I was in 6th grade. I am thinking we were studying how to write newspaper articles.

Picking Countries

“Wednesday, February 5th was the day for picking countries in social studies,” said Mrs. Anderson, sixth-grade teacher at Highland School. “The boys and girls will each give a report on a country in Europe and tell about their country, the climate, geography, costumes, and people. Each report will take place when they come along in the social studies book,” continued Mrs. Anderson, “The purpose of the reports is for the children to get accounted to the countries for upper grades.”

Some children wanted the same countries, so Mrs. Anderson let one have the northern half and the other have the southern half.

Old Writing: Part 16::Two Cinquains

This paper has no date but it does have directions for how to write a cinquain:

  1. One word title (names the topic)
  2. Two words describing the title (defines or describes)
  3. Three words describing actions (expresses action)
  4. Four words expressing feelings (expressions of personal attitude)
  5. Another word for the title (synonym for topic)

I wrote two but didn’t finish the first:

Pretty insect
Softly flying landing

Lively time
Playing, working, having fun
Wonderful, delightful

Yeah, I’m pretty much a failure at cinquains.

Old Writing: Part 15::A Mirror on my Dresser

This has no date but it does have an illustration. While there was some creative license taken, the bit about talking to my reflection is true, but that was a different mirror.

A Mirror on my Dresser

The old mirror on my dresser is a shadowbox. I talk to my reflection whenever I am alone in the house. Sometimes my reflection and I get upset with one another because we are always trying to say the same things at the same time. We gave up saying “jinks, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten you owe me a bottle of pop” whenever we say the same thing because, as I told you earlier, we always say the same thing at the same time and we always end up leaving angry as we owe each other 22,500 bottles of pop so far.

The mirror itself does not talk too much, except to the wall when the wall complains about the mirror being too heavy, or it talks to the dresser, warning it to watch out below because it feels its screws getting loose. Sometimes it gossips to the floor or the door about things happening around the room, as it can’t see or hear farther than the door.

There are shelves on the mirror and I have nicknacks all over it. Here is a picture of it:

Here is a real picture of part of it: