Fun Excerpts from our Thornhill Elementary Writers!

This spring TMWFI’s been exploring the many ways writers get their ideas. We’ve discussed the many meanings of treasure and found inspiration in all sorts of places, from long lost twins to just looking in our pockets, we’ve found treasures everywhere!

From the prompt “I reached inside my pocket…”

I reached inside my pocket and found 3 paper clips, 2 lint balls, 5 million dollars, a toy dog, a piece of paper, and…wait, what?! Ok go back two things in my pocket. A piece of paper, a toy dog, and what?! 5 million dollars! Oh wait, it’s only $5, keep going. An eraser, 2 pencils, 10 staples, my homework, my favorite book, and my dog?!…

-Olivia

I reached inside my pocket and I found a carrot. A golden carrot. It was a weird no-good carrot! I bit into it and then Poooofff! I could see blackness. Bark, bleak, black, but then I saw a rainbow and I crashed into it, but then I was in the rainbow. It was like a tube with all the colors of the rainbow inside and outside. When I reached into my pocket again I found at least 20 of these golden carrots. I just wondered how to get out of this rainbow.

-Jamie

I reached inside my pocket and found a watch ticking like there’s no tomorrow. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. I reached a little deeper and found a pencil no bigger than an inch. I found a shiny pink eraser, but it was worn away at the edges. An old map of the NY subway trains. A coupon for pizza. A stick of spearmint gum, A mini map of the world.  A stick of lip balm. And an everlasting gobstopper.

-Sidney

I reached inside my pocket and found a paperclip, toenail, cootie catcher, an apple core, and well, finally, a million dollar check from Brad Smelly Pitts! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. And a ticket winner for the 33 million dollar Lotto Lottery! I’m stinkin’ darn rich, and I literally mean it! I’m darn stinky and I’m darn rich! Which equals stinkin’ darn rich!

-Parsa

I stumbled through the quiet streets of Pennsylvania. My hand slid inside my pocket hoping to feel the comforting feeling of my compus, but instead all I feel is cold air. That’s when I fall to the sidewalk trembling. The last precious thing, the last piece of my parents is gone…

-Grace

From You Name It, We’ve Found It (Create a story in which something is lost in a caband someone else finds it.)

My book was getting good, really good. I was lost and the swaying of the taxi cab calmed my restless mind. Hours passed though it felt like minutes and when I looked up Prudence and my dad were gone. Panic filled my heart. “Excuse me!” I called to the driver of the cab.

“Faithful, darling Faithful, is that really you?” I almost doubled over in shock. How did this person know my name?

-Lauren

My icy blue eyes darted from Faithful to Mercy. I hated shopping with dad, especially since he floated down the aisle like a careless jerk. Try on this, buy that, go to aisle thirteen =’s absolute annoyance. The good thing was is that it gave me extra time to daydream. The faint eclipse of memories of my mother floated lifelessly like ghosts through a haunted inn in my black mind. I remember the strongest memory of them all. My worst nightmares were not of vampires and ghosts. It was losing my sister.

-Anneke

From My Name Is…Mad Libs variation

My name is Hurricane.

My name is made from stormy goo.

I found my name in pickle town.

My name can shape shift.

It reminds me of pandas.
-Gulzar

My name is made from the dark depths of the cold sea and the blaring sun reflecting off tall overpowering skyscrapers of the wonderful city.

-Mitch

My name is stormy.

My name is made from poofy tigers.

I found my name in Atlanta.

My name can turn invisible.

It reminds me of hairy guinea pigs.

-Michela

From What is treasure? (Write a story about the treasured object you have chosen.)

Hello there! I am Peter Panda, No, not Peter the Panda. Petter Panda, I am a panda, like it says in my name. My best friend is Kitty. And yes, she is a girl. I am black and white, like pandas always are. Kitty is all white. Right now I jut took a shower (in the washing machine?!) and smell all soapy. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a stuffie (or stuffed animal). I am going to tell you about one of the most exciting days of my life.

-Gwen

Charles Eeast. The label read Charles Eeast. It was engraved in black ink and covered in black soot and ash. The object was well camouflaged in the darkness of night on the barren landscape where wars were fought, where hatred engulfed this saddened landscape. A fallen soldier, perhaps an innocent killed by unsatisfied men demanding death. Charles W. Eeast must have been the cause of this object. By watching with curiosity in his soul, probably watching the battle with this object. Now as I hold the object, uncertain of its value and purpose to the world as we know it, I search my mind like a hawk. Memories upon memories. When I find what I am holding, realization washes over me and I know I’m holding an ancient pair of binoculars.

-Maxwell

From the prompt: Your main character has lost an object and is searching desperately for it. One day they come across the Museum of Found Objects…

Hey wait there’s my stuffy fluffy. I need to get that back! Hey mister manager guy, give me my stuffy back. I need it now. The manager said, Get away you fiend! With my jaw wide open I say, “Who you calling fiend?” He calls security and they toss my outside. So they want to play dirty. Well two can play at that game.

-Robert

From the prompt: Your main character is a thief and plans to break into the Museumof Found Objects to get this object…

Ella Herperson the thief who stole the Eiffel Tower. “Everybody is talking about her!” Sasha Mello said. Everyday Sasha heard people talk about her after the crime happened two months ago. Sasha secretly knew Ella Herperson and actually Sasha and Ella were best friends.

-Ava

From: Write a story about if you had a long lost twin.

Score!!! I just scored the winning goal in the high school championship. As my teammates tackle me, I fall to the ground with pride. This is my daily life: school, football/soccer (whatever you Americans call it), and sleep. That’s pretty much it. Well, except for a couple of meals here and there and some other minor events.

-Sophie

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(Thornhill Elementary, Grades 3-5, Teacher: Emily Phillips)

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Sailors used to sing sea shanties to make work on the ship go faster. Imagine that you are a sailor on a long journey and write your own sea shanty. Think about rhyme, verses, and if you want your shanty to have a chorus.

 

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Self Portraits

Our mission at TMWFI is to help kids write, but perhaps more importantly, to encourage kids to find their own voices and accept themselves just as they are. In keeping with that goal, these TMWFI kids were asked to draw and describe themselves in a self portrait.

Title: Outer Space Self Portrait
Excerpt: “I am unique because I have brown eyes and black slicked hair…I want to be seen as somebody brave, strong, and talented, who never gives up.” -Matt

 

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Title: Self Portrait
Excerpt: “I want more time for self portraits and the world.” -Lyla

 

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Title: Self Portrait
Excerpt: “What makes me distinct is my freckles and my kindness because I love to help out. When I grow up I want to be an animator, an artist, a writer, or president.” -Emilia

 

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Title: Me
Excerpt: “Me: my smile is the widest smile. My hair is to my shoulders, my freckles…I want to be an artist and author.” -Hedy

 

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Try doing a stream-of-consciousness: take five minutes and write without stopping. It doesn’t have to be polished—just write whatever pops into your head.

 

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Poetry from our Mother-Daughter Workshop–April 6th, 2014

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Mothers and daughters (and grandmothers and granddaughters) celebrated national poetry month in style at our writing workshop April 6th, 2014 in San Francisco at The Booksmith. Instead of just sitting to write together, pairs roamed the neighborhood for inspiration and even left poetry “treats” for the public to find! To read some short poems from the group, follow our Twitter feed this month @TMWFI.

 

Each pair was asked to choose a color, go out in the neighborhood and then find things that belong in that color family, paying close attention to the sensory details. They were instructed to use the line, “If you want to find ______ (color)” at the beginning of their piece and again at the end.

 

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“If you want to find orange go into the record store with the orange bike outside and look at the price tags peppered around the albums. Look up at the telephone pole and the orange Buddha’s robe on the sign for the museum, and then across to the colorful rainbow painted on the side of the coffee shop. Up above sits the bright orange bucket on the fire escape, if you want to find orange.”

-Casey, 9 and Maggie, her Mom

 

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“If you want to find green you can look at the sign screaming, “Sale!”. Notice the street furniture, the light posts, newspaper boxes and tops of parking meters. Or maybe you’ll notice the spine of a bright green book on the discount rack. Or you can admire the trees struggling to survive in the sidewalk. You can see vibrant green in the tile of a street mural or on the vintage dress of a visitor, or you can take some money out of an ATM, if you want to find green.”

-Natalie, 10 and Teri, her Mom

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Rhyming isn’t just for poetry! Try listing ten pairs of rhyming words, then use them in a story.

 

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Words from Our Young Authors at Grattan Elementary

This session, our 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Grattan Elementary have been writing about long lost twins and buried treasure, examining what it means to consider something treasure–must the thing be sparkling with gems, and dipped in gold, or could it be a small scrap of paper found in the backseat of a cab? Can a person be treasure? To answer these questions, they have been writing stories and poems and letters and even drawing maps, about vivid characters going on fantastic adventures in dangerous and beautiful places.

After drawing Treasure Maps, the students wrote stories about the map itself, about the adventure taken with the map, and about the treasure at the end.

Catherine Cohen’s Exploration

Objective: Get the treasure from the island.
Day 1: I started my 3 day journey to the island on the ship. We have lots of food and my bed is pretty comfortable. The only bad thing is that it creaks. I thought it would be boring on the ship, but it is huge and I look forward to exploring all of the rooms on it. I am very tired so I will go off to bed now. Goodnight. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Take a page from your favorite book or magazine and try writing a story using only the words you find on the page.

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Treasure! from our Young Authors at Oakton Elementary & Marshall Road Elementary

Our young writers have been busy in Northern Virginia! The 3rd &  4th graders at Oakton Elementary & Marshall Road Elementary have been exploring Found Treasures. Recently, they finished the following activity:

Draw a treasure map that lists 3 details on 1 treasure, 3+ challenges/obstacles, and 3 descriptions of how to overcome these challenges.

Oakton Elementary:

 

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Why Not Write Wednesdays? Creative Writing Prompts for Kids!

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Imagine you can interview anybody—your favorite author, celebrity, superhero…you name it! Write a list of five questions you would ask him/her. How would he/she respond?

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