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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: The Flood
By Ken Ebright


Michelle picked up her phone and dialed her boyfriend , "Hey Branden, my teacher assigned me to do a report on the world-wide flood. Do you know any websites that could be a good source?"

Braden turned his computer on, ďMichelle, the best thing you can do is an internet search. I just typed in the great flood and got a few websites."

"Thatís a good idea, I will try inquick."

"Inquick! Whatís that?" Branden snorted loudly.

"Thatís the search engine I use," Michelle clicked on a website.


Michelle shook her head, "Yes, Inquick."

Branden laughed, "I'll have to try that one. ThatĎs a funny name for a search engine. What did you come up with?"

"Hmmmm...Well, there were fossils of plants and animals. They only form when a plant or animal was buried."

Branden was silent on the other end of the line for a minute then he asked, "What is the dictionary definition of a fossil?"

A clicking sound could be heard on the phone as Michelle went to another website. "Any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age."

"Michelle, do you really believe they found remains from thousands of years ago; that doesn't seem possible?"

"They have found remains of fossils at the Grand Canyon. The other thing is erosion; they found no evidence of erosion between rock layers. Branden, you donĎt believe the scientists?"

"I'm just teasing you, I know better. Itís interesting that there could be remains of plants and animals. Michelle, you'll probably ace that paper."

Michelle scribbled down notes on her notebook. "It's amazing that you can go online and find out about any topic."

Branden's snickered. "Where would we be without search engines? It has simplified my life. Now I can practice my guitar."

"Branden, I need to get to work. Thanks for your help."

"See you tomorrow."

Michelle hung up and started to write her paper.

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C D Swanson 10/22/11
Good job with keeping on topic. Amazing and true that most people don't even use a "real dictionary" - all online now! You incorporated that nicely into the story-made me smile.

I enjoyed it- God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/22/11
You definitely did a nice job with the topic. I can tell you are working on showing instead of telling. I think you needed more conflict. This would have been a great place to bring up evolution vs creatism. Keep writing- I really see you spreading your wings more keep it up :)
Linda Goergen10/25/11
Cute little tale about using the search engine! Brandenís little comment about how search engines have simplified things is so true, things can be found in seconds now, instead of hours browsing through books. I agree with Shann and actually I was expecting some information in this, from the title and the conversation, to at least touch on evolution versus creationism! I was surprised when it didnít go that direction! LOL I would also suggest giving your characters more personality to stand out more, they almost became invisible in contrast to the search engine information. Good concept for using the topic! Blessings!
djvenzke Venzke 10/25/11
Nicely constructed conversation, though predictable. Definitely on topic.
Beth LaBuff 11/01/11
The amount of information available at our fingertips amazes me too. I've never heard of "inquick," I may have to do a search for it. :) Thanks.