Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Sixth grade students (ages 11 to 12, roughly)
were instructed to imagine that they have no television,
computer, or telephone for a week
and write an essay (in the form of a letter to their parents)
on what they would do with their time and why.
The assignment was given under standardized test conditions:
90 minutes with nothing but pencil and paper, with an additional hour
available upon request.
(In practice, few students ask for the extra hour.)
Remember, these are only the funny sentences/excerpts.
Do not assume that all students write like this.
Stage One: Denial
Stage Two: Anger
Stage Three: Bargaining
(couldn't find an example, sorry)
Stage Four: Depression
Stage Five: Acceptance
Any final requests?
I'm not resentful. Why do you ask?
Observe that many students talked about "the last thing" they would do.
This is another consequence of adhering too close to formula.
"I have three things, so I will say 'The first thing', 'The next thing',
and 'the last thing'."
They don't realize that when you write "The last thing
I will do", it carries a somewhat different meaning.
(Today's post is in support of the millions of people currently
without electricity due to Hurricane Sandy.)