16 January 2013

Day 62 / 102 - Writing from Pictures

A recent IEW creative writing assignment that my son completed was 'Writing From Pictures'.  The student is given three pictures that tell a story.  His assignment was to write that story.  I loved his finished work from the pictures posted above, so I thought I'd share.  Enjoy!

One day for no apparent reason, a reprehensible Roman soldier came to my house threateningly telling me to advance to the lion pit. Now, I had been expecting this, so it was no surprise. “My good fellow,” I replied. “Allow me to get dressed.” While I was dressing, I prayed, hoping the ravenous lions would not devour me.

Leading me to the lion pit was Roman General Maximus. He was an evil soldier who despised anyone who prayed. Laughing and opening the gate he yelled, over the crowds' cheers, “Have fun!” I watched him move back up to his special-people-box. I prayed to myself, “Lord. Please have mercy.” Then I screamed at the top of my voice to the Romans. “RELEASE THE LIONS! I HAVE NO FEAR! I WILL NOT FALTER!”

Before you could say lion, I was standing face-to-face with the savage beast. Surprisingly, it didn't seem ravenous. In fact, it seemed like a lost, hungry puppy. Slowly reaching out my hand I touched the now cute animal. I could hear it softly purring. The Roman crowd started to boo. Ha! This stunned the Romans, as they saw their lion, who had not eaten in weeks, allowing the P
raying-man to ride it. I was whom the Romans called the Praying-man. In front of their appalled faces, I proudly rode to my freedom on my lion, Fuzzy. Fuzzy was the only name he would answer to.

And, I lived happily ever after.

“Oh, grandfather,” screamed Titus and Lucius, giddy with excitement. “Tell it again! Tell it again!”

One day for no apparent reason........

The End


  1. The more I read your posts, the more I'm drawn to Classical Conversations, IEW, and all that you use.

    1. Thanks!

      It truly is a fantastic program, and I'm so glad we're involved in it. The thing I appreciate the most is how we do so much with so little. Our IEW curriculum is the same each year, just the topics change (ie US History last year, Ancient History this year, etc). What's great about a repetitive curriculum, is you really can see the growth and development in your children. 2 1/2 years ago, it took Alex and I days to write a paragraph. This paper took all of 20 minutes. He whipped up a first draft in about 10. We revised it together and added some dress-ups. It was painless homeschooling, that's for sure. ;)

      If there is a CC campus near you, I'd suggest checking out an open house this spring. It'd be worth a visit.

  2. This comment has nothing to do with your blog post, but it is a good blog post.

    I signed up for the tough mudder. Any training advice or tips? I'm kinda scared.

    Btw, we miss your sweet family at our CC!!!
    -Kelly Hatz