This post is brought to you by the Thursday class I refer to as my “life judges”. Last week I did an activity to practice their writing skills. I picked 7 pictures out of an 80’s English Textbook and they had to create characters. We all took one piece of paper and chose a name for our person, then passed our paper to the person next to us, who’d assign their marital status before passing it again, who would assign where they lived, etc. After their profile was built, we’d then write a story one sentence at a time about what that person did. I had the good fortune of sitting next to a boy (Nob) who chose to kill everyone and turn them into a ghost, so my imagination had to go a little crazy thinking of something to follow it with. Yeah, sorry, *spoiler alert*, everyone dies.
Regardless, hope you enjoy – these have been edited for grammar (I know what we’re working on this week)!
Home country: Angola
One thing he loves: Watching movies
One thing he hates: The World
Favorite food: Duck
Story: Yesterday, Taro went to a cafe for coffee, but the coffee was very bad. So, he ate a sandwich. Then, he slept. Then, he slept again. He was killed by Japan, and became a ghost. So, he went home and stayed there forever.
Name: Watanaba Yoechi
Status/Family: Married. Children: 2,300,000,000,000,000,000
Home country: Sweden
Hobby: Reading books
One thing he loves: Books
One thing he hates: Clocks
Favorite food: French Fries
Story: I went to the baño (I taught them the Spanish word for “toilet” one day, and they have not forgotten it. Yes, I regret this) and ate a bear. I felt very sick after I ate it, and went home. I fell asleep. A bird’s poop dropped on my shoulder. Then, the bird ate my snack. I was killed and became a ghost. I was killed by Voldemort.
(They drew the glasses on him and called him Harry Potter or some weird variation of it)
Name: Bonbaa KiteEagle (Yes, the kid looked at a poster in the classroom for her last name. The first name had something to do with the sound he used to approximate her hairstyle.)
Status/Family: Single, 0 Children
Hobby: Playing Piano
One thing she loves: Paper
One thing she hates: Bald people
Favorite Food: Meat
Story: I don’t like him. I think he is mean. I want to go to the beach tomorrow, so I bought a swimsuit and goggles. And, I ate a fish. Then, I went to the office. Then, I got killed and was a ghost.
Wish I could have kept more than three, but the kids wanted to take these home. I snuck in a picture of JFK for one of the people we wrote about, and surprisingly, the youngest boy in the class was the only one to recognize him. My faith in humanity was reinforced slightly by this.
Next post soon to come!