Monday, March 22, 2010

Student Writing from Around the World

Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, contains a population of students from all around the world. 

Some of our students from other countries have attended our school for many years, and some for just a short time. Below is the writing of one student in the 7th grade who enriches our school not only with his academic excellence but also by enriching our school's culture. Our international students create a living reality of the Vedic saying "The world is my family."

Nathaniel (China)
I pushed open the door and saw a lot of snow and people skiing down the winding hill. I walked down the icy steps and went to the first lesson on the bunny hill.
A ski patrol person showed me how to put skis on. Putting skis on is easy. Just put the toe of the boot in first and then step back. I slid down to the second lesson when my skis were on. Here, I learned to stop. I went down the hill, and at the send, I put my skis in a wedge so I could stop.
"The carpet lift is over there," said the ski patrol person.
I slid down to the lift. The carpet took me up to the top of the hill. I turned left to go to lesson three. Lesson three was to turn while skiing down a hill. There were cones marking where to go. When I was at the bottom of the hill, I went to the carpet lift and went up to the top of the hill.
After I did all eight lessons, I skied down the real mountain. Wind was blowing on my face. I fell the first time I went. I couldn't get my skis back on, but a ski patrol guy helped me.
When I was at the bottom of the mountain, I took a long ski lift ride up to the top. I skied down the big hill a few more times, and then I had to go home. My legs were sore when I got home, but I still had fun skiing.

Below is another writing sample by Nathaniel. It is an paragraph of expository writing where he explains how we can increase our level of sustainability on our planet.
There are several ways to help preserve our habitat. First of all, people can recycle things like plastic and glass. Recycling plastic and glass is much more efficient than making new plastic and glass accessories. Also, don't waste things like food, water, paper, and electricity. Whenever somebody wastes something, he or she is wasting a precious natural resource of our habitat. Lastly, people should plant trees. Trees give us oxygen to breathe. Without trees it would be hard to breathe. Planting trees also helps birds because birds make nests in the trees. I think preserving our habitat is one step to have a greener world.

Other examples of student writing will be posted in the next few days. If you want to comment on this student's writing, click the "comment" link at the bottom of this post. Then the comment box will appear. You may be asked to include your profile information if you wish.

Copyright 2010 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved
Student writing printed with permission, all rights are retained by the author


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