Christmas is over, and the New Year is just around the corner.
The winter holidays came with a roar, and it is a great time
to slow down and reflect over the past. It was a great year of
writing in the Grade 10 English class. We would like to share
some of the writing with everyone. While there were many great
pieces of writing, I selected a few in two subject areas,
family and dreams. As you read the students’ writings, we
hope that you enjoy what they have to share.
family gives me a feeling of pride and peaceful feelings. They
give me a peaceful feeling of gratification and a sense of
achievement. Family gatherings give me a serene feeling and
deep pleasure. The appetizing smell coming from the kitchen at
family gatherings is mouth watering. My immediate family is
made up of my wife Donna, daughter Laurie, and sons Bruce and
Donna has given me the greatest feeling of serenity. Her hair
is a satiny blonde colour. Her eyes a deep soft blue colour
and can show firmness when getting a point across. She loves
cooking and great savoury smells come from the kitchen. She is
a very spiritual person. She is the apple of my eye. Over the
years with her, I have had peaceful feelings, moments of joy,
and a feeling of fulfilment. Donna, as my wife, gives me a
feeling of great pride.
is the first adult child. She has the same disposition as her
mother. As a result she is very spiritual. Her mother likes
cooking, but Laurie doesn’t like cooking. She is a teacher of
handicapped people which is a great accomplishment. She has
prided herself on her professional career. Her mother is in
the healthcare profession, and Laurie is in the educational
field with handicapped people. Laurie gives me a great sense
of pride and a sense of accomplishment.
Bruce and Rob give me a sense of gratification for their
achievements. Bruce is the oldest son and is very independent.
Bruce is very patriotic and will not take from his country.
Rob is the youngest son and is in an executive in his company.
The two sons keep the family name with honour and dignity.
They have given me a feeling of pride. I am proud of their
the years my immediate family my wife Donna, daughter Laurie,
and sons Bruce and Rob have given me many moments of pride.
They have given me many moments of peaceful feelings. They
have given me many moments of honour and a belief in my
self-worth. They have given me a sense of achievement. They
give me a sense of pride, each in their own way.
not remember in my whole life anybody like my mom. Even though
she had a hard life, she did not forget her responsibility. My
father let us alone for a long time and during that time my
mom coped with lots of problems. She supported us physically
and consciously, yet she did not seem edgy. She is
kind-hearted and faithful. Even when she was sick, she woke up
early to make breakfast. My mom often had trouble with
headaches although she did chores tolerantly. I saw her
frazzled eyes, but I did not hear anything from my mom. She
had two roles at the same time. As a mother she did the
cooking, shopping, and taking care of her children. Also she
helped us when we did homework. She strove for our education.
In addition, she was a best friend and had good advice for us.
I think she is the top mother in the world. Because of my
sunny mom, we can tolerate that long dark cold winter time. I
have never forgotten my mom’s hard work.
I am a
busy mother. I have two sons. I have many responsibilities. I
wake up early in the morning. I am not a stuffed-shirt with my
children. I am a kind-hearted mom. Sometimes my children want
breakfast ready before they take a shower. I am amenable with
that. When they come from school in the afternoon for lunch, I
have lunch ready for them. We are living in the local area. My
responsibility is to make them feel happy. Everything is ready
for them. They are never cranky. They are sheepish every day.
My children are accomplished in school, and I am proud of
them. In Vancouver there are many rainy days. My
responsibility is to drop them off in the morning and pick
them up in the afternoon. If I am busy, I am to give them
money to buy lunch at school. My children don’t like outside
food. I love my children. I am a responsible mom. I will never
tire myself when I will do work for my children.
mother is a responsible person. She is a kind-hearted and
great mother, but she is strictly demanding for me. She wanted
me to become a useful person in the future. I learned to be a
brave and honest girl from my mother. I had a vivacious
childhood. For example, in my memories, one day I banged up my
sister’s toy. Then my sister criticized me. I ran to my mother
weeping. She looked very gloomy. She said to me, “Why were you
crying?” I talked to her, “my sister hit me”. I glanced at her
with an angry expression. ”You really exasperate me, don’t
lie”, she said loudly, “be an honest child”. I felt very
scared. “That was my mistake,” I muttered. “You can apologize
to your sister,” she said. I accomplished my apology. I felt
very relaxed and joyful. “You are a good girl,” my mother
talked to me with a smile. She softly touched my head to talk
to me, “my child you made a mistake. You need rectification of
your mistake to be an honest child.” I heard my mother’s
words. I understood this truth. I am thankful for my mother
very much. She taught me how to be an honest person. She
looked very frazzled because she was very busy. She took care
of her three daughters. I love my mother. She went to work, so
she is a responsible mother.
An Afternoon in the Park
a rare sunshiny day after two gloomy weeks. I strolled with my
son to Queen’s Park. As we reached the playground, he was
excited like a vivacious dog. The playground equipment had
just been enamelled with the rainbow’s seven colors. My son
scampered from one toy to another; he wanted to try all of the
toys in a moment. As he glimpsed a fluffy tailed squirrel, he
right away chased it and began to play peek-a-boo with the
squirrel. I treated it to a slice of an apple. The squirrel
gazed at us for a while, then swished to the apple and bit it
with its peeking eyes still on us. A downy-feathered black
crow was picking the food leftover on the picnic table near
our site. Some bees stung at the gilded and sticky honey on
the table. When my son finally was weary, we sat on the
falling leaves under a pine tree with sunlight dappling our
bodies. He relaxed on my lap, purring with a chocolate cookie
in his mouth and listening to his favourite story “A Tamed
Lion”. With the rhythm o the story, he went to sleep with the
grinning smile like a docile dog. I covered him with his
luminous yellow jacket. Now I breathed out a relieved sigh and
looked up at the blue sky. Through the gaps of the pine trees,
I saw a few opalescent clouds moving slowing in the blue sky.
It was a beautiful day.
I have a Dream – An Environment Fighter
warming has put the globe in a serious dilemma. People are
suffering catastrophes and calamities due to our accumulated
selfish, foolish, and greedy misbehaviours. As a resident of
the global village, I would like to become a volunteer for the
environment for the rest of my life. I can train people to
save energy, to preserve Nature, and to train them become
volunteers as well.
energy is limited, I will train people how to save water,
electricity, and gas from our daily lives. Everyone saves
small amount of energy can lead to huge quantity just like
rivers emerge to the sea.
only if we save energy better that we have a chance to
preserve Nature better. Economic construction strongly
counteracts Nature’s preservation. Recently, our environmental
team has successfully halted the Vancouver Park Board to erect
an observatory deck in Queen Elizabeth Park. This is a
stereotyped way to instruct people.
teach people to become environment fighters. To evolve
caterpillars to butterflies, I’ll educate them to develop
abstract environmental ideas to practical actions and become
speak louder than words. I would not only devote myself to the
environment but also advocate people by guiding them to save
energy, to preserve Nature, and to train people to become
environment volunteers. By operating my ideas strenuously, I
hope we can have a healthy and wholesome Earth as soon as
dream is to become a teacher. I have cherished this dream
since I was a young girl. Because a teacher is a symbol of
knowledge, everybody adores teacher’s noble character.
Confucius is respected by most Chinese as the greatest teacher
of all time. A teacher always communicates human mind, spirit,
and wisdom selflessly to students. A teacher is sacred, and
responsible for society. A teacher seems like a ladder leading
students to success. A teacher creates enormous wealth for
human development. Becoming a teacher is my dream. Maybe
someday my dream will come true.
A Dream of Mine
Yesterday night I had an amazing dream. In the dream I changed
myself miraculously into a bird and then joined a flock of
birds. We lived in nests built on trees or rocks instead of in
huge concrete buildings and enjoyed unrestrained flying
instead of moving in steel boxes called “cars” or “buses”. We
fed ourselves with seed of plants or worms – instead of bodies
of animals. We treasured rivers, seas, air and earth extremely
and would never pollute them. Occasionally we fought with each
other, but we would do that for the reason of vying for love
rather than for tenet, treasures, gas or territories.
Furthermore, the only weapons we used in fighting were beaks
and claws, so we would not make serious injury to each other,
not to mention destroying opponents with guns, missiles, and
even chemical or nuclear weapons. Anyway, when I woke up in
the morning, I didn’t regret that I couldn’t become a real
bird as in the dream, but I did expect that we people could
evolve to be as sensible and intelligent as we think we are. I
wish my expectation will turn to be real and not a dream.
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