Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pronouns in Context: Nightmare Vacation!

The students have just finished studying personal, possessive, reflexive, interrogative, demonstrative, and indefinite pronouns. They wrote about a nightmare vacation as they applied their knowledge of pronouns in context. Below are some samples from each class: 

I was on mountain top peering down at the hopeless town. I had a lone dog of mine sitting beside me. My small heart was thumping as I was trying to think of an idea. The town boiled with excitement as Christmas was coming and their song started to drive me out of control. I suddenly came up with a hunch to end my thoughts, “I’ll steal all of their stuff and ruin Christmas.” We started to build our sleigh to rocket down the mountain of snow. My dog’s ears flopped and his legs shivered in the milky flakes. Through the houses we went stuffing toys, candy, stockings, and even cats up the chimney. All of the treasures were ours. Up to the steepest of the mountain we went, when guilt shocked me in the heart. “What will the enthusiastic kids do?" I thought. I turned the sleigh around and there we went down the snowy hill throwing presents and blaring a horn in praise. Christmas was here and everyone enjoyed it.

On my family vacation we encountered some boiling events. Our family went to our lake house in Arkansas, but unfortunately I forgot sunscreen. So I was now a baked potato. I asked my parents, “May I borrow some of your sunscreen,” but the best they had was 1 spf. Then, suddenly my brother told me that his hat flew off in the cool summer breeze, so I had to let him borrow mine! If you think your family vacation was sweltering, than look at ours.

My nightmare vacation was when I went to the amusement park, Six Flags. First, our flight got canceled that I had to wake up at 4 p.m. for, so we drove.....As result of eating chili at Burger King, my sister Phoebe threw up on her own leg and started crying. Both my brothers and my iPhone ran out of battery, which was our only source of entertainment, and my dad was really mad at us for no apparent reason. Then his car got a flat tire, which delayed our trip a couple of hours because the next gateway was 45 minutes away. When I got to Six Flags, it was snowing its brains out. Also we found a pleasant surprise that our luggage was gone. That was my nightmare vacation.

My last family vacation to Destin was a complete nightmare. First, in my dad’s Lexus, my little brother, Timmy, decided to get sick on my back. His face was green, mine was, too, and my shirt . . . well, its color is still green. Next we checked into our Marriot hotel, but we had the same luggage as another guest. This led to a complete disaster because he took ours, we took his, and the whole ordeal was terrible. None of his clothes fit any of us! Lastly, on our boat trip, someone claimed our trip as their family’s, and we were accused and kicked out for trying to steal a reservation! We were framed for attempted robbery when we were the victims themselves. In other words, last family vacation was a horrible experience, and I hope it will never happen again.

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