I thought it might be fun to share a little of the work Sam did recently. I don't think he considers it work. On Fridays he does writing assignments for his grammar curriculum. He started out with expository paragraphs and has gradually moved to essays and other types of writing like narrative and descriptive. A couple of weeks ago, he was supposed to do a narrative essay on the topic, "My Narrow Escape." This is what he came up with:
I was very excited about visiting my dad's mine. He'd owned it for about three and half years and we've prospered ever since. But better than hearing about the mine that day I got to see it. My dad arranged for September 13th. Being in Texas, it was HOT and it became hotter as we descended on the elevator to the first level of the Rocks get HARD knocks ore/granite mine. I was fascinated by the huge machines that chopped, cracked, and hardened the stones of the mine.
We had come to a place where there was a dead end, when some dust fell and I heard a faint cracking sound (my father had been having ear trouble and didn't hear it). I asumed he had heard it and nothing was wrong. We were turning when an enormous boulder came down followed by most of the roof. After much coughing we discovered that we were totally trapped!
Dad was concerned. He is a good dad and never fully panicks. So he clicked on a speelunker's flashlight and shone it around. No possible escape route could be seen so we sat down and told me storys of his boyhood. Several hours passed, and I was sweating the life out of me, when we heard shouts, and a boulder fell in. A ray of sunshine entered. It is a memorable thing to think about.
It has some problems and I decided to leave the spelling and grammar just as he had it. But overall, I enjoyed reading it and thought his writing is coming along well. Sam greatly enjoys writing and composing stories. Next to science, it might be his favorite school thing to do. In the most recent things he's been writing he likes to spend several days working on it. I don't mind because I certainly want to encourage his love of writing!