I was asked to read and assess stories written by Grades III and IV. What a joy that was! Of course, I had students who wrote for me the story of The Life of Pi or other movies they’ve watched. In fact, I felt rather bad for one of the children who wrote about that movie – the movie evidently made no sense to him! He wrote about how a tiger and boy decided to run away from a zoo. I wonder, was that his attempt at imagination?
My favourite story went something like this. I wish I could have copied it, mistakes and all, but I did not think of it. I particularly noted, though, how direct speech seemed to have no punctuation at all. I wonder why.
Once upon a time there was a boy. His name was Bingo. Bingo was always thinking about chocolate Taj Mahal. One day, there was another boy. His name was Krishna. He lost his ball. He was crying. Bingo saw Krishna and asked “what’s your name why are you crying” Krishna replied “my name is Krishna i am crying because i lost my ball.” So Bingo found Krishna’s ball. Krishna was happy and took him to a big house. When Bingo saw the house, he knew it was Taj Mahal. Inside, it was full of chocolates. Bingo asked Krishna, “can i eat the chocolates?” Krishna said yes.
So both of them ate chocolate and lived happy.