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Narrative Writing

What’s Reality Anymore

Genevieve W. , Grade 12, 826CHI
In this personal narrative, a student recounts a time when they were questioning the point of existence.
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Narrative Writing

What’s Reality Anymore

Genevieve W. , Grade 12, 826CHI
In this personal narrative, a student recounts a time when they were questioning the point of existence.
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Poetry

Nosey Much

Kayla M., Grade 12, 826 Boston
This poem offers a very-real answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
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Poetry

Nosey Much

Kayla M., Grade 12, 826 Boston
This poem offers a very-real answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
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Fantasy and Sci-FiNarrative Writing

Mission: Life on Mars?

Elaine, Grade 5, 826 Boston
Elaine is grateful for her home and her lovely family. She especially loves playing peek-a-boo with her one-year-old nephew. She hopes to graduate from college with a degree in forensic psychology, and to have a stable, professional job, like an FBI agent.
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Fantasy and Sci-FiNarrative Writing

Mission: Life on Mars?

Elaine, Grade 5, 826 Boston
Elaine is grateful for her home and her lovely family. She especially loves playing peek-a-boo with her one-year-old nephew. She hopes to graduate from college with a degree in forensic psychology, and to have a stable, professional job, like an FBI agent.
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Poetry

I Will Be a Lifesaver

Yazmine-Gizelle A., Grade 10, 826DC
In this poem, a student writes how she will grow up to save lives.
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Poetry

I Will Be a Lifesaver

Yazmine-Gizelle A., Grade 10, 826DC
In this poem, a student writes how she will grow up to save lives.
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Media WritingNarrative Writing

I am Innocent: A Dragonbolt Story

Johnny L., Grade 3, 826LA
A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.
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Media WritingNarrative Writing

I am Innocent: A Dragonbolt Story

Johnny L., Grade 3, 826LA
A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.
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MemoirsNarrative Writing

A New Life

Joseline V., Grade 5, 826DC
Joseline is currently eleven years old. She lives in Washington, DC. She loves to draw to calm herself down and sing to entertain herself. When she grows up, she wants to be a doctor.
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MemoirsNarrative Writing

A New Life

Joseline V., Grade 5, 826DC
Joseline is currently eleven years old. She lives in Washington, DC. She loves to draw to calm herself down and sing to entertain herself. When she grows up, she wants to be a doctor.
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Grade 9, 826 MSP

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