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Progressive Story Project (Fall 2011)
Participants (Fall 2011)
Progressive Stories (Spring 2011)
Participants (Spring 2011)
Progressive Stories (Fall 2010)
Participants (Fall 2010)
Progressive Stories (Spring 2010)
Participants (Spring 2010)
Voicethreads (Spring 2010)
Progressive Stories (Fall 2009)
Progressive Stories (Spring 2009)
Stories and Voicethreads
Your class will be writing ONE group paragraph(s) for the story (not each student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will also need to send (email as .jpg) the 3 pictures to your Teacher Leader. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.
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John Y. Dater
Ramsey, NJ, USA
Debbie Campbell (Class 2)
Bellaire, Texas USA
Carla Civita-Garcia (Class 1)
Atlanta, Ga, USA
Mildred Samano (Grade 3-5 Group)
Chartland Jr. Public School
Title (Given by the last class):
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The hot sand crunched under her sandals as Anna ran with her brother to get buckets of salty sea water for their sandcastle. Anna was so excited to finally be at the warm beach after the long cold winter, full of snowstorms that she almost didn’t hear him shout, “Bet’cha I can get to the water before you!” Anna determined to beat her brother ran faster, but reached the water’s edge a second after her brother. The sprint to the water made her tired and thirsty. As she bent to scoop up a bucketful of water, a gray shark appeared out of nowhere. She screamed and looked frantically around for her brother. Her heart was beating fast, as if she just ran a marathon, but she did not see him anywhere.
Anna stood frozen in time, she was in shock. As she stood looking out at the water she wondered what her parents would say. Her mother and father had just asked her to look out for him. She began to shout, "Jack, Jack, Jack!" Tears were streaming down her face. Just then she thought she heard her brother's voice behind her. She turned to find another young boy running down the beach. She called out to the boy, "There is a shark and I don't know where my brother is!" The boy stopped and looked at her and said, "There has never been a shark in these waters you must have imagined it!" He continued to run down the beach not caring at all.
When Jack finished the race, he turned to his sister to call for her, but she was nowhere to be found. The hot Turkish sun burned on his skin as he walked around the beach, frantically looking for his sister. He sat down in despair. Without warning, an enormous wave crashed into Jack, wiping him off his feet and pulling him into the water. As he surfaced, his stomach sank as he felt the infamous riptide of Turkey pulling him far out to sea. Time passed quickly and soon night had come. He grabbed onto a log and fell asleep, only to wake up being hauled on to a fisherman’s boat. He looked up to see a Turkish man standing over him. Jack froze, not just because he had a stranger standing over him, but that he was missing his evil-eye bracelet. He suddenly realized why he was having all this bad luck – the bracelet must have fallen off his wrist when he was in the water. The fisherman pulled Jack up and introduced himself. His name was Berk. As Berk led him to his cabin, Jack noticed all the decorative Katanas on the walls. Jack thought to himself, “Why are these Japanese ceremonial swords on the wall of a Turkish boat?” Feeling tired, Jack lay down on the bed and fell asleep, thinking about how he would ever get home.
That night when Anna went home her parents asked, “Where is Jack?”. Anna was really nervous, but she managed to say, “Ummm…. he…. Uh, went to, uh….. Steve’s house for a sleepover. She lied, yes she lied! Steve was Jack’s best friend but Jack did not go to his house. Her parents were suspicious and they waited for a long time to have supper, but Jack did not come home.
Jack’s empty chair waited and his delicious supper was untouched as they crawled into bed. Anna thought about Jack,” The beach isn’t that big, where could Jack be?”
The next morning, Jack was awakened by a strange voice, “Breakfast time, breakfast time!” Berk walked towards Jack carrying sardines and a cup of water for his breakfast. Jack yawned, then he thanked Berk but he was too nervous to eat without his sister. Jack said, “Have you seen Anna, my beautiful sister?” Berk said, “Not at all, but I will help you to find her when you are finish eating”. Jacked hurriedly gulped his breakfast and they both went outside to start their search. Berk pulled out his binocular and showed it to Jack, but his face was washed with tears. He told Berk that he could not go home without his sister. Jack looked east, west north and south alongside Berk but Anna was nowhere to be found. Suddenly, Jack shouted, “I see something moving, Maybe it’s a shark!” Berk pointed the binocular in that direction, “There is no shark here!”
They continued their search but they did not find Anna. Berk made a promise to Jack after a long search, “ I cannot find your sister but I can teach you to fish”. Jack was so excited to use the fishing line, he tried and tried until he caught a big pink snapper. Jack beamed with laughter when Berk said, “Good job son, you have a fish for you dinner!”
Although the summer sun was scorching hot, Anna went back to the beach to search for her brother. “ Wow! Wow! This is Jack’s evil eye bracelet, but where is Jack” she asked
as she grabbed the bracelet from the sand, at that same spot where they were separated. Anna walked slowly towards the east, kicking the sand castles, holding the bracelet towards the sun and praying for her brother’s safe return. With the roaring thunder and the darkening cloud, Anna was sure the rain would start soon. She whispered, “I must go home but I will take a last look for my brother, and with the help of this bracelet ……” Her legs felt weak and wobbly as the looked towards the sea, but the crashing wave hurled ashore and Anna ran towards home. As she ran, she kept looking back, until she spotted a small boat in the distance. Anna could hear the melodious sound from the horn on the boat coming towards her, she listened, wondered and hoped for the best, as she clutched Jack’s bracelet. As it got closer she saw a man waving a green cloth, and a boy waving something red and white, quite like the candy- striped shirt her brother was wearing. As the boat stopped Jack was so happy to see Anna, he thanked Berk and then he ran and hugged Anna. They both jumped and shouted “ We are together again!” and then they walked home.
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