Last year, I wrote about my writing competition and the hardships associated with attempting to teach children about the concept of creativity. In a society where most have little exposure to television and story-books, creativity is anything but second-nature for these kids. However, nonetheless I am proud to share with you some of my student’s work, for many of them have truly come a long way since last March. In particular and if you don’t have a lot of time, I HIGHLY recommend reading the last entry.
Enjoy!!! (FYI: none of the following entries have been edited or changed)
f you could be any animal for the day what would you be and what would you do?
By: Kidist Degu, Grade 6
If I could be an animal for one day, I am a cat and I help my family by work. I sweep my house by my tail. I wash our objects’ by my leg. I clean my compound by my hair. I dig the land by my eyes and I grow vegetables. I wash my dog. I fly the sky and I clean the sun and the moon. I Like sky but my family lives in the land. I prepare food and I sending food for my parents. My family eat the food all day and my mother say tank you. I built my house in the sky in the clowds. In the night moon and sun sleep in my house and in the morning they go to work place. Sun and moon admire me all day and sun asked me ,
“You are animal, a cat, why do you prepare food? You have mother, father, sister, and brother?”
My answer is “Yes, I have parents and sister and brother. I am 10 years old but I change to a cat to help my parents by go to sky. My family can’t prepare food, but I prepare and send to them. My mother say tank you every time.”
So the sun admire me all time by song and the moon and sky come to my house everyday. They eat food. I don’t like food but I eat all the time clowds. I am happy for my work. I grow plants and flowers by 1 second all the time the flowers are singing songs. The plants’ can go to the sky and live with me.
The flowers can play football, volleyball, net ball, and basketball. They can read story books. All the time I don’t sleep. I am more hardworking. I make a ball by clowd. The flowers are very happy. The flowers play ball. The time is 10 o’clock. Moon and sun are happy for my work.
I make books by flowers. The flowers made honey for sun and moon. I built school in the sky. The flowers learn this school. The biggest flower is a teacher and the others’ are students. The carrots are chairs. I am happy for my work. The time is now 12 o’clock. Moon and sun are not happy they are now sad because I am go to the land and change back person. In the morning the time is 1 o’clock. I change person and see my family. They are happy they say,
“You go to the sky and what you do?”
I tell them all tings I do and my family are happy for my work. They admire me, but the moon and sun are now sad because I return back to my life.
Imagine you are 15 meters tall. Describe one day in your life.
By: Kidus Yared
If I were 15 meters tall, I am the tallest person in the world. So I am happy because I seen all countrys. I make 20 meters tall house and I must make 15 meters tall and 6 meters wide bed.
Once upone a time I go to the market but I see 20 centimeter tall person, so I give him my tall and now he has a large tall. The people are afraid of me because I am so large but when the bird is flying in the sky I catch it and give to the people for food.
I am the world president because I am taller than all people so I can see all people. I see the people fight so I bring them together to have peace. One day I go to world city, that time I see many hungry animals so I call the world people together and the world peoples are come fast. I give the animals food, meat, fruit, vegetables then they have enough. I tell the world people,
“Listen to me, I am the tallest man. I work hard for the world and I think you should admire me.”
I think one things so many people not have shoes. I buy all peoples shoes. My sky scraper house is equal to my height. My sky scraper have 10 rooms. 1 room for animals, 2 rooms for birds, 3 rooms for me, and 4 rooms for world peoples and plants. Then I see people has many animals but they haven’t school house. So I make school house in one day. I am the tallest man and the world president!!
If you could make a new animal what would it be like?
By: Tekieas Mulugeta, Grade 8
If I make a new animal I would make it small and it will only have one eye and this eye will rotate 360 degrees. Its leg will be 3 and it can go wherever he wants. It will have always 4 wings and then he can fly everywhere he wants. I will make to him a brain which can understand everything. When I make its ears, I will make them to listen to any noise that are talking in the entire world. Its skin will be sometimes visible and sometimes unvisible. When I finish his nose and mouth I will make them to smile at anything that is in the town where he is. The animal which I will make will have any talent which one person will have and the animal will have the heighest power to do everything then it can do anything. It will be very nice to human beings and will live peacefully with them. He will play but I will also make so many animals just like him and both they and I will live on Jupiter. They will make a new world and I will lead them and I will be their King forever.
These animals will be small but they will have strong muscles and they can attack every animal but he wants to live with other animas peacefully so it only attacks when they attack him first. The animal which I will make have very high creativity. He can make any technology that are very useful to him or to humans which are in the earth.
If you could make a new animal what would it be like?
By: Animut Wassihun, Grade 8
If I could make a new animal it would be like this: it has four legs, two wings, and it has a head like humans and smaller than humans. IT has tail like snake. Its skin is very hard as crocodile. It has two ears which like Eurostar dishes. It is very large. Its height is 30 meters long an its size is 30 meters wide and it is very heavy, by simple manner, it could be like a very large lorry.
People are afraid of it and they are scared of this animal so I dropped it by rope nd I take this animal in a house which I build from floor by asphalt and the wall is made from mirrors to admit light to see simply. It attracts many tourists by its wonderful body structure. So many tourists come from America, Europe, Australia, and other countries by an auroplane. They admire me by my work so they me a lot of money. This animl feeds on meats of animal especially cows, oxes, goats, and sheeps. So I receive money from tourists and I can buy such animal meat to feed it by slaughtering them. This animal is only one so many tourists asked me that “How you get this animal?” I answered for them, many years ago I was Ethiopia’s leader. So God call me to ask me how is life in the Earth. So I went to him I describe all of the life. God advise me to make this animal he send me to earth and he said to me. If you are sleep I will send that animal and you could see as nightmare. If you stand up then and go outside your compound you will get that animal then you tell all your problems and tell me and I will introduce new work. If you are honest, like me, you could get many new things like this animal.
Thank you my God!!!!
You have been in a coma for 30 years. You wake up in the year 2044 describe what the world is like. By: Sefinew Misganow, Grade 9
If I have been in a coma for 30 years, I wake up in the year 2044 the world is like this: At that time I wake up in the central part of the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is dry and it has not any water. Most water animals are dead and some are very sick. I ask them
“Water animals! Why are you sick, why are your relatives dead?” I say this and one of the fish says,
“Hi our brother, we are sick because we can not get any water. Not only in the ocean, we can not get any from the earth’s surface!”
I ask him again, “Why don’t you have any water in the earth surface?”
He says, “because our world is very injured by Civil war and the surface of the earth is ruined because of erosion.” You can go ask the earth!”
Then I go to the Everest Mountain and I get the Earth then I ask her, “Earth why are you sick?”
She says, “Sefinew, before 30 years I am very well but after that the world people start war using nuclear misales, pollution, bombs. Then my most beautiful forests, living and non living things, my fertilised soils are destroyed because there is no water. We have no fertile soil so people cannot farm because of this most people died by famine. Then the climate is change because it is polluted by nuclears, bombs, posiones gas and then the people died by Cancer and different types of vires. Because of that after a few months I am died because my surface is very injured.”
After that, I decide that I need the knowledge of how to fix the Earth. So after a few days I get the knowledge of how to meet my God.
Next I ask him, “My God why you destroy the people and the Earth?”
He says, “Sefinew, I am not destroy the Earth. The Earth destroyed by your people. This is not my mistake.”
I say, “My God I know about this but I ask can you help me to build again the Earth’s surface and the people?”
He says, “Sefinew, You can! If the world people do not learn their mistake than it will be ruined forever.”
I say, “My God, after building the earth and collecting all the people I will teach them but I have no knowledge. My God, can I borrow some knowledge from yours?”
He says, “Sefinew, borrow my knowledge, take it!”
I say, “Ok! My God, thanks.”
Then I take the knowledge and next I go to the earth again and I build its surface. I build the earth again and it looks like this: half part of the earth is for planting food example: bread and other world different foods. I designed all water bodies (rivers, oceans, ect) they are like roads and connect each and every world city. The water bodies are very powerful. If you want to go by ship you can adjust the direction. The ship has no electric power source because it can get any amount of force from the rivers and I make big lamp bulbs. By using that the world can get any amount of light energy. The lamp is like the moon. It has 1000 kilometer height and a very large diameter. After that, I make one machine. That machine has a great ability because I press #1 and it collects all world body dead skeletons. Next if I press #2 all world dead bodies skeletons are constructed into people again. After if I press #3 all world people come back to life. Then I collect all the people and I say,
“Hi, all world people, you are alive again. After this day no world people can do bad things. There will be no war and we can live always in a peaceful way. Any questions?”
Then one person says, “Sefinew, now the world population is very big. After a few years, the world people will become very large and the surface cannot hold them. What is your suggestion?”
I say, “ I talked to the Earth and she said after this day she will increase her size so more people can live on her.”
Then all world people have fun and they say, “after this day we will live in a peaceful way!”
After this day, the world people live peacefully and they get their food from our new food garden. In this garden food grows and the people can pick it. The weather is very attractive and it has no pollution, war, or bad things. World people respect me and I have become a legend for saving the world.