Holy cow, I wrote a book!
the birthday of the famed civil rights leader,
the first time since 2001 that the federal holiday coincides
with the correct historical date.
It seemed an auspicious date to return to the time machine essay.)
The eighth grade students were given
the same in-class writing assignment as
the seventh graders, with the same ground rules,
I took two days off from work to help read those essays
like I did with the seventh grade essays.
(What can I say.
I volunteer for strange things.)
When I started reading the essays, I immediately noticed the
difference one year makes in the quality of writing.
The eighth grade essays are better put-together,
the ideas more fully fleshed-out.
But that doesn't mean that every single essay is a work of art.
Here are selections from some essays that one might call the
whey of the crop.
It's clear that these students have been taught the
importance of having an introduction that establishes the topic
of the essay.
But some students have taken the formula a bit too literally.
It doesn't hurt to flatter the teacher.
Other students took the opportunity to reflect on the nature
of the time machine itself.
A sense of scale
People from the past were so stupid
Travelling to the past
Life in the future
Spelling lightning round
Finally, we have sentences that give us a peek into the student's