Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Story written with Ben Franklin School: Uniontown, PA

This is a story I wrote with the third grade of the Ben Franklin School in Uniontown, Pensylvania during a videoconference called "Easy Steps to Story Writing." The students were very creative, and came up with such interesting characters as "Bob Dickinson the flying elephant" and "Al the Walking Worm." Without any further ado, here is the story:

Bob Dickinson, the amazing flying elephant, waddled onto the warm sands of Sun Grove Beach with his friend, a walking worm named Al. It was an unusually hot day, and Bob Dickinson had shed his bright pink sweater, walking around without any clothes. Al was mortified.
“Surely you’ll be seen!” Al said. “You’re already used to wearing clothes. It’s not that hot here.”
Bob glanced disdainfully at Al, who was inching along at slow worm-pace.
“Not that hot to you, maybe,” Bob said in his best snooty tone. Seeing that Al was not at all convinced, Bob ran, launching off with his back feet into the air. His long, purple wings attracted attention from many viewers on the ground, so Bob went even higher, until the clouds covered him completely. But it was cold up in the air, and Bob soon grew tired.
“I wonder how far I’ve flown,” Bob thought to himself, and decided to circle back to the beach. He heard a mysterious noise behind him, however, just as he was turning. Bob jumped (or jumped as best as he could without anything beneath him) and dropped about fifteen feet—just as a small airplane passed above him.
“Whew!” Bob said, relieved. “That was very close.” He dropped down even further, although this time it was purposeful. Soon he could see Al on the beach.
“Hello, Al!” Bob shouted. “I was nearly hit by an airplane!”
“Hahaha,” Al said with a malevolent grin on his small worm-face.
“What do you mean, hahaha?” Bob asked, crestfallen. “I thought you would be all excited.”
“Never mind,” Al sighed. “Let’s go swimming.”
And that was exactly what they did.

1 comment:

  1. Great story! It was very interesting, and I loved reading it. Haha, I like the character names. Very ingenious.