First, I’d like to congratulate Bulgama, Bayartsetseg, Bumtsend and Duurenzaan: They each won first place for their age groups in the Mongolian Creative Writing Olympics! You can read their winning essays here.
Next, I’d like to share our writing from a recent lesson. We read the first half of “Mrs. Gorf,” a story from the children’s book Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and then we wrote the end of the story. Below is the first half of the story, plus two alternate endings we came up with. Enjoy!
Mrs. Gorf had a long tongue and pointed ears. She was the meanest teacher in Wayside School.
“If you children are bad,” she warned, “or if you answer a problem wrong, I’ll wiggle my ears, stick out my tongue, and turn you into apples!” Mrs. Gorf didn’t like children, but she loved apples.
Joe couldn’t add. He couldn’t even count. But he knew that if he answered a problem wrong, he would be turned into an apple. So he copied from John. He didn’t like to cheat, but Mrs. Gorf had never taught him how to add. One day Mrs. Gorf caught Joe copying John’s paper.
She wiggled her ears–first her right one, then her left–stuck out her tongue, and turned Joe into an apple. Then she turned John into an apple for letting Joe cheat.
“Hey, that isn’t fair,” said Todd. “John was only trying to help a friend.”
Mrs. Gorf wiggled her ears–first her right one, then her left–stuck out her tongue, and turned Todd into an apple. “Does anybody else have an opinion?” she asked.
Nobody said a word.
Mrs. Gorf laughed and placed the three apples on her desk.
Stephen started to cry. He couldn’t help it. He was scared.
“I do not allow crying in the classroom,” said Mrs. Gorf. She wiggled her ears–first her right one, then her left–stuck out her tongue, and turned Stephen into an apple.
For the rest of the day, the children were absolutely quiet. And when they went home, they were too scared even to talk to their parents.
But Joe, John, Todd, and Stephen couldn’t go home. Mrs. Gorf just left them on her desk. They were able to talk to each other, but they didn’t have much to say.
Their parents were very worried. They didn’t know where their children were. Nobody seemed to know.
The students decided to give Mrs. Gorf a poisoned apple. They got the poison from a snake. Mrs. Gorf said, “You are bad students, but this is a nice present!”
She bit into the apple. Then she died. John, Todd, Stephen and Joe turned back into humans. They said to Mrs. Gorf, “Go to hell!” They said to the other students, “We hate apples!”
By Erdenet Writing Club
After students go away, Mrs. Gorf asked Joe, “Will you cheat again?”
Joe said, “No, I promise you. I will do my lesson very well every day. Please, I want to turn back into a person.”
Mrs. Gorf asked John, “Will you let someone copy from you?”
John said, “I will never let someone copy from me. I promise. I want to turn back into a person.”
Mrs. Gorf asked Todd, “Will you criticize me again?”
Todd said, “Yes, I always criticize when someone does fault.”
Mrs. Gorf was very angry with Todd. She asked Stephen, “Will you cry again?”
He said, “No, I won’t.”
Finally, Mrs. Gorf turned everybody back into children, except Todd.