Writing Magazine Contest
Weekly Reader's Writing Magazine sponsored a national writing contest for students in grades 5-12. We recently submitted our entries. We were challenged to take 5 of the 6 objects offered in the contest guidelines and write stories including these words in context. We wrote with imagination, creativity, and distinctive voices. Share some of our contest entries below:
(objects chosen in each story are shown in red font)
This writing project aligned with the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards:
1.1.5 Learning to Read Independently
1.4.5 Types of Writing
1.5.5 Quality of Writing
3.7.5 Technological Devices
The Weird Christmas
One day I was eating dinner with my mom, dad, sister, and my sister’s daughter (or my niece). It was getting close to Christmas. It was December but for some strange reason it was raining! I had seen a man with an umbrella outside. It had cleared up in a few minutes though. So I went outside on my red bike and rode to my friend’s house. “Hello,” I said to him. “Hello Neil,” he said back to me. Then my friend’s mom came out and said, “Have either of you seen my car keys?” “No, I didn’t see a key,” I said. “Nope,” said my friend (my friend’s name is Ryan).Then we had to have dinner because me and Ryan were absolutely starving. So we ended up having some chicken noodle soup. It was delicious. Then we went back outside and saw a mysterious shadow but we did not see whose shadow it was. “Very suspicious,” said Ryan. Then we followed the shadow. We kept going and it led us to a dark forest. “Maybe he has the key,” I said. “Maybe,” replied Ryan. Then the shadow became a man as he walked into the sunlight. He held up the key and then let it gleam in the light. “Is he performing a ritual or something with the key? If he is, then I will be forced to run away and scream like a little girl. If he does anything weird or scary to us that is,” said Ryan in a scared voice. Then me and Ryan jumped out and shouted “gotcha”. The man started zooming away. “Come back, and don’t think of any funny stuff because my friend here said he will be forced to run and scream like a little girl if you do any offending things, OK?” I shouted from the distance as we scurried. Suddenly the man was out of breath and we had just caught up to him but my hand had slipped off and he kept running. “Man, this guy just won’t give up” Ryan said. “Nope,” I replied. “Wait I’ve got an idea. He is heading to that cave over there and I see another entrance on the side of the cave, so let’s cut him off if it’s a shortcut.” “What if it’s not?” “Well we can take a chance.” So we did what Ryan had thought of. We took the other route which somehow felt like eons, but we ended up getting to the man! Then something scary happened. The man summoned a dragon out of nowhere! Then we found some armor and a sword somehow. “I guess we better fight.” I said. We fought gallantly. The dragon flew up and was making ember with its mouth and spit an enormous fireball at me and Ryan. We jumped and dodged it by a centimeter or so. “Ummm I d-d-don’t w-want to end m-my life l-l-life like th-th-this,” I said in a petrified voice. “Me either, Neil,” Ryan said and dodged fireballs at the same time. Then the dragon, with all its might, drew flame from his mouth. Ryan dodged it but the dragon moved its face with the fire and Ryan was cornered. He was lucky, that he didn’t die but was out cold. “Guess I’ll have to destroy him on my own,” I said. I fought and fought with all my might while the man gave the dragon commands, but I couldn’t beat him. Then suddenly out of nowhere Ryan just jumped up and shot an arrow. The dragon was defeated.
The man fell straight to the floor as if he just had a heart attack. I grabbed the key and ran off with Ryan behind me. “Who was that?” Ryan said curiously. “I don’t know,” I told him. So we gave Ryan’s mom her key and told her, “The keys were-were under the ummm car.”
We never spoke of the story or found out who the man was. “Nice save back there!” I said. “Thanks!” replied Ryan. Then I went home, to bed because of Christmas. The Christmas morning instead of a red bike I got what I actually wanted… a green bike and lots of other awesome stuff. It was a weird but great Christmas!
My Amazing Day
Today while I was ambulating down the street I saw something amazing! You won’t believe that I saw an elephant riding a red bike off a humongous ramp. Then all of a sudden it started to downpour. The elephant magically made an enormous umbrella come out of thin air. I started to get scared because the elephant started to fall rapidly straight down above my head! All of a sudden the elephant took out a gigantic key. Just before he hit me he landed in an invisible car and drove away. Then I thought he probably wanted that huge can of chicken noodle soup that I left on my front porch. But then I remembered that the red bike was still falling! So I lunged out of the way just before the bike hit me. I scurried home to tell my mom and dad but no one ever believed me. Nobody ever knew the truth of what happened that day.
Chicken Noodle Soup
There was a boy named Daniel. He was a good, patient, and forgiving child. He lived in a house with one brother and two sisters. Daniel loved chicken noodle soup especially Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. He liked to play with his friends and had a sense of humor but most of all he liked to play with his 6 cats. That have odd names like Gizzamaroo, Caley Boo, Shira Boo, Nickily Boo, and Makita Boo… odd names, but they are nice cats. His favorite was Makita Boo because it was the youngest and the most playful. He also had a hamster Hamtaro that was afraid of a lot of things except his cage and Daniel. Daniel also likes school subjects like reading and math. He would get excellent grades in both. School was a blast because he had a humorous teacher. Our story begins in Daniel’s house on a sunny day. “Mom what is for breakfast?” Daniel said yelling down the stairs. “Pancakes.” she said. He scurried down the stairs and sat down. “When is it going to be ready?” “At eleven. We have a guest coming for brunch.” Wondering who it is he went to go play guessing in his head. “Ok I’ll go outside and use my slingshot on the target.” So he snatched his slingshot and gathered some rocks. Meanwhile his brother was sitting playing Play Station and Daniel was outside on a cold boulder and just kept shooting anyway not caring about the cold. Inching closer and closer to the bullseye, he was so close and BAM he slammed it dead center and he saw it ricochet off the tree it was taped onto. “That determination really paid off for me eh?” he said to himself. Daniel found out who was coming over. It was his friend Drew. They had their pancakes and went outside with the slingshot. This time there was a new bullseye further away. They kept shooting. It was extremely harder. After awhile they got bored and went to play basketball one-on-one to 5 points. Drew won in a minute because Daniel doesn’t play basketball a lot. They continued to play various games. Drew finally left because his mom called saying that he and his sister wanted to go to Toys R Us today. It was lunchtime and Daniel was hungry. He was in his room crashing cars in Burnout3 because it was raining. “Mom do we have any chicken noodle soup?” “No, I have to go buy more.” “Awwwwwwwww man.” “OK can we go now?” “I can’t find my car key.” “I don’t care if it is raining, I’ll ride my red bicycle even without an umbrella,” he said this when he saw the shadow of his bike on the garage wall.
He was at the store nearly soaked. Luckily he had a hood from his sweater that acted like a sponge and took up most of it before it reached his head. He asked someone at the register. “Where is the chicken noodle soup?” “On aisle 5.” “Thank you.” He grabbed some cans making sure they were chicken noodle soup and paid. Finally he left, rode home, and had his well-wanted delicious lunch of soup that was needed because he caught a cold. He had a good morning and was looking forward to a fun afternoon.
A Very Stormy Day
One day, I really wanted to go riding on my new bright red bicycle. I was very excited because I just got it for my 11th birthday. It was so sunny, that I could see my dark grey shadow on the wall. But, a couple of minutes later, when I looked up, I saw a lot of grey clouds joining together by the sun. Then, just a minute after, I heard a loud striking noise. I realized that it was thunder so I got my umbrella out of my new cheetah spotted bag that I also got for my birthday, and I walked back home disappointed with my, now very wet, new red bike. When I got back to my house, I got out my key and unlocked and opened the door. I told my mom that there was a storm so she made me chicken noodle soup. Yum! After I ate my soup, I didn’t feel so disappointed after all.