Holy cow, I wrote a book!
I spent a few hours
reading essays written by seventh graders (ages 12 and 13)
on the following subject:
Electives are often fun and different from our normal core classes.
Imagine you have been chosen to create one new elective
for our school.
In a multi-paragraph essay, explain what the new elective
would be like and what students would learn.
(Students were given two hours, plus one additional hour upon request.)
Before I present you some of the responses, I'd like to take
some time to address the students on the subject of writing.
I know they won't read this, but I have to tell someone.
What electives would seventh-graders design for themselves?
Here are the ones from the essays that I read (plus some
that other readers shared with me, marked with asterisks), broken down
roughly into categories, and illustrated with selected sentences
from those essays or closely-related essays.
Other sentences, taken completely out of context for maximum amusement.
See if you can guess the word before reading the answer.
Best new word: "confussing"
Note: Hover over dotted words for explanations/answers.