One of 826 Valencia Mission Bay’s first year goals was to work with third-grade classrooms at schools in Bayview and Potrero Hill, providing weekly writing support. Since last August, 826 staff and volunteers have worked with Herman Shepard, Starr King Elementary School teacher, to design whimsical and weird, Common Core-aligned writing lessons. From personal narratives on conflict to informational essays about what it means to be a good friend, students have used written expression to create beautiful and whimsical pieces on life, family, and childhood.
I Hear Birds
By Aliyah Lewis, Armani Mohamed, Byron Cortez,
All around me, I hear birds
The world smells like candy
Around me, I see clouds and the sky blue
I feel thankful because I am happy
Around me, I see people
And I feel wind because of the clouds
I am a baby
Around me, I hear nature
This picture reminds me of a movie
What I want to say is, it’s really good
Not Worth It
By Laura Quiroga
Let me explain what happened last night.
Knock knock knock. “Yes?” I peered outside and saw a strange face.
“Give me your most precious valuables,” I heard.
Suddenly, I saw a cloak and fiery red eyes. I hear a voice say, “And if you don’t, you will pay.”
My most best valuable is my life. But I’m not about to give away my life. It’s not worth it. I mean, this guy should use his own.
“Never!” I yelled.
“I can read your mind. You cannot run,” he said.
Then, a green hand took a wand. I watched as it fired up. BOOM. I woke up. I was not myself. I was a ghost.
The Rainforest and the Mountain
By Taft Wilson, Marcus Blackwell, Kayden Duckett
I am a mountain
All around I hear falling rocks
The world smells like air
Around me I see water
And I feel the sun
This picture reminds me of the forest because it is cool
Around me I see sunlight
And I feel grass because I am a mountain
This picture reminds me of being in a rainforest
A Secret Land
By Paris Raynaldo, Maria Sagapolu, Kaedo Valdes, La Diamond Taylor-Barefield
I am riding a horse
All around me, I hear birds
Around me, I see mountains and water
Around me, I see the sunset
And I feel happy
Because it’s cool
The picture reminds me of a calm land
And a fairy land
I would want to live on that island
By Dana Williams
One night at dinner, a wizard came to my door while I was sleeping. His pet dragon was named Gerald.
They came through my window and took all my teeth. I looked in the mirror and all my teeth were gone.
The wizard waved his wand and my two front teeth grew back.
A Cold, Dark Night
By A’Nijha Smith-Evans
Once, on a cold dark night, a witch arrived at my door with her magic wand and said, “Let me in before I turn you into a lizard.”
Then I said politely, “Go away before I call the police.”
The witch just banged on the door. I said, “What do you want?”
The witch said, “I am looking for my pet bunny.”
I said, “I haven’t seen a bunny.”
The witch said, “I am sorry if I did any harm.”
I said, “No you didn’t.”
“Thank you,” said the witch.
And we lived happily ever after.
All About Jacob
By Jacob Nixon
My name is Jacob. I have one brother named Malachi who is in fourth grade at Starr King. I have three dogs named Daisy, Michael, and Peter. I think you will enjoy learning more about me because I like to read and can tell you about good books to read, like Dog Man.
I like to do many things such as play pillow volleyball when I am inside and do free throws in basketball with my cousin and my aunt and my brother when we are outside. I also like to scooter with my brother. I like pepperoni pizza because it is good. My favorite movie is Black Panther because he is cool.
In conclusion, I am proud of how I am good at dancing and singing. I dream that I can visit Granada.
How to Make a Great Birthday
By Carl McGehee
1 gallon of Embassy Suites
9 cups of pancake mix
9 cups of fried Oreos
1 gallon of ice cream
1 cup of swimming
2 gallons of movies
First, stir in 1 gallon of Embassy Suites for fun.
Next, spread 9 cups of pancake mix, because it’s good to eat.
Then, layer 9 cups of Oreos, because they are delicious.
After, mix 1 gallon of ice cream, because it’s cold and good.
Then, grate 1 cup of swimming, because it helps you teach your family to swim.
Last, grate 2 gallons of movies.
Combine all the ingredients, and you’ll have the best birthday ever!
By Lyric White
8 teaspoons of love
7 cups of friends
6 tablespoons of flavor
9 tablespoon of veggies
21 teaspoons of sugar
12 cups of soda
Stir 8 teaspoons of love
Grill 7 cups of friends
Taste 4 gallons of flavor
Simmer 9 tablespoons of veggies
Fry 21 teaspoons of sugar
Dip 12 cups of soda
By Kingston Morris
I am going to tell you about Kingston. I am from Africa. I have one brother and one sister. I have lots of puppies and two baby bunnies. Another interesting thing about my culture and family is that every Christmas, we go to Las Vegas. I think you will enjoy learning more about me, because I know a lot about sharks.
I like to play with my bunnies and put them in little jackets when I am inside and hike in the woods when I am outside. Another hobby I have is playing Fortnite. I am good at cooking fish, lobster, and shrimp. My favorite food is ice cream, because it is cold and relaxing. My favorite movie is Count Dracula, because he is the best vampire.
I am proud of my bunnies. I am also proud of the world because it has a lot of gravity. It gives us our natural food, and it keeps us safe. We have to protect it, and we cannot litter. I dream that I could be a millionaire and help people in need. I would give them money so they can get a job and buy them food and a house so they can get everything they need.
To the Movies and Park with Friends
By Kaliyah Mozeke
One day, I went to the movies and saw a friend of mine being sad at the movie Aladdin. We left at 2:00. We went to my house and got some sour food snacks, drinks, and then we went to the park. Then we went back home and went to sleep. That day made me feel happy! Because I got to see my friends and then we got cotton candy and cake.
My Friend A’Nijha
By Marsean Robinson
Did you know that my friend A’Nijha loves music? My friend A’Nijha is from San Francisco. She has one brother. She has a dog and cat. Her dog’s name is Flor and her cat’s name is Catnip. Another interesting thing about A’Nijha’s culture and family is that they eat beans and rice. I think you will enjoy learning more about her because she plays games. Her favorite game is Fortnite.
My friend likes to do many things such as play PS4 when she is inside and play with her scooter when she is outside. Another hobby is to play at the park. A’Nijha’s favorite movie is The Grinch because it is about Christmas time.
In conclusion, my friend is proud of her math work. Two talents she has are whistling and tap dancing. When she grows up, she wants to visit Las Vegas, because that’s where her great auntie lives. She also wants to be like her mom. She dreams to be the president because she would change unfair laws.
When I Went to A Carnival
By Blake Verdun
Have you ever been to a carnival? One day I went to a carnival with my mom. It was warm like a heater. I was outside. I saw a lot of people! I smelled food like hotdogs. I had a good day because all the rides were so fun. When the carnival was over, we went home. We took two busses. The ride was long. I brushed my teeth, put on some pajamas and went to sleep.