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Compositions and Creative Writing

As you know, CCH students can be very creative.  Compositions could get exciting and I enjoyed giving the students the first lines or paragraphs of a story and then have them invent their own continuations and endings.  Sometimes, though, that could get you into trouble.  

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Drawing by Caren Fuerte.

Once with the Class of ’90, I asked the students to write their ending to a paragraph about students being shipwrecked and having to make it to the shore of a deserted island (in the style of “Lord of the Flies”).  This was the way for the students to express their creativity.  Luis Wasserman, however, took his creativity a bit too far. He wrote that the boys threw their English teacher overboard to the sharks!  Imagine!  After all this sacrifice and effort, you get fed to the sharks.  I guess it was so that the students could distract the sharks while they made it to land.  No matter.  I don’t hold grudges.  So I still went to Luis’ wedding in Minnesota. 

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Drawing by Caren Fuerte.

Did I tell you yet? that a marriage and having kids is one of the best solutions for getting my CCH students in shape.  I am not talking about God’s revenge.  I am talking about discipline and getting one's life organized! Luis is so sure of that, that he has even done it twice!