Story

The Pesky Man and My Favorite Food

     I am a seagull that flies far and wide. Before I  hit the pesky man, this is what I did in my life. I lived in  Country Side Beach and I stole food from people on the beach. My favorite was the Cheetos Puffs. Squawk! Squawk! My wife Marine said I should get more food. I couldn’t disobey her!

    After walking for a few miles, I saw a stranger holding my favorite food in a brown bag. Squawk! Squawk! I tried to snatch the food from the man, but I couldn’t. Then, I used my sharp claws. Finally, I stole the delicious bag of Cheetos Puffs. Yum! The man wasn’t happy to see me. He looked furious and flinched as I took the bag away from him! At least I made my wife Marine happy.

    I gave the food to Marine. To my surprise, she wasn’t happy because I forgot that the man I took the food from was the only lifeguard of the beach. Oh no! Pissing him off meant he would never save my family if they drowned. Marine even said she won’t be living with me anymore because of the tragic reason that unknowingly occurred!!!

Instruction and learning objective:

The prompt was, “A seagull has just swooped down to steal food from a man walking near the beach.” Students were asked to a story about this incident either from the point of view of the seagull or the man. This exercise allowed students to choose a side and then explore the inner workings of a bird and human being.


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Harini Senthilkumar – 7th grade

Harini is an excellent writer and a deep thinker. Though a 7th grader, she uses complex thinking processes and sophisticated concepts in her stories. A notch or two higher than her grade level, she has a lot of ideas swimming in the ocean of her mind.