Tuesday, October 14, 2008

English: Synonyms for "said"

Brian's class work, 6 October 2006, 2 weeks before he turned 9. All the names here are of his school friends, and Mrs Parker was his form teacher. The river he's writing about is River Thames, which he can see from the classroom of his lovely school by Royal Botanical Gardens.

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"It looks as though it might rain," reported Brian.

"Yeh, look at those stormy grey clouds," Arabelle whined.

"Oh no! That means it'll be a wet break!" groaned Ivan.

"No 'IT' too! I feel like the world's about to end," moaned Cristobal.

"Come on you four. Pay attention to your work," ordered Mrs Parker.

Half an hour later....

"Look out of the window!" Mrs Parker exclaimed. "I've never seen anything like it."

"Aaargh!" screeched Edward, "If that river keeps rising, we'll all be swept away!"

"It's as though someone has opened the heavens and emptied out a bucket of water," sang Jack.

"It reminds me of the story of Noah's ark," whispered William.

"It's at times like this that you really wish you had a boat," suggested David.

The rain lashed the sides of the school building. The window panes rattled with the force of the rain. The flood barrier strained to hold the water at bay. Passersby scurried along the tow path sheltering beneath dinosaur sized umbrellas. Gradually the powerful storm subsided and from their safe watching place, Year 4 breathed a sigh of relief!

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1 comment:

Alcovelet said...

That's such a great way to learn English, in context, and not in technical terms. That's what English is about! And Brian is, as always, succinct and brilliant.