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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: Thump
By Wanda Sewell
06/03/13


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Thump

Creating a word game became the mission of Janice’s third grade class. She wanted so much to impart some understanding of God’s giving of gifts to “all men” to them so she was working hard at drawing them all in.
Tommy was someone who enjoyed drawing and she wanted to encourage him to press deeper into the ability she recognized in him.
Alexandria liked to express herself through the written word as she tried to write about her home life, books, flowers anything just so long as she could express herself.
Bobby was a twin and he enjoyed being different than his twin though they were so much alike.
Cindy she liked being Bobby’s sister and wanted what they did to match.
Janice loved her small class and encouraged Mick and Troy as well to find what they could do to contribute to this word game. They tried to change the subject but she persisted.
Finally a decision was made. The class would take the chalk that Janice provided and each would create a picture or idea on the sidewalk. The judge would pick the best expression and build upon that.
The theme for the word game would be “thump”. What could they do? what would they do to come forth with the best idea? Each one wrote out the word in large capital letters: T H U M P.
As Janice looked at each student pondering over their word she noticed something unique. Each child used different colors to write out their word. But one used a different color for each letter.
She laughed with delight as her students brought forth their ideas and gave expression of them on the sidewalk with chalk.


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lynn gipson 06/07/13
It is amazing to watch children express themselves at that age. I enjoyed reading this.

Double spacing between paragraphs helps the story read better. Just a tip.

Blessings, Lynn
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/08/13
This is a sweet story that left me with a smile. My only suggestions might be to have the teacher be named Ms. Smith so she stands out from the students. The other would be I'd love to read more, curious how each child would see thump differently. I imagine one might draw a rabbit, yet another, something darker liked being thumped aside his head. I could feel and hear the love for these so different kids flowing from the heart of the MC. You did a delightful job of bringing these characters to life. What an enjoyable read!
CD Swanson 06/11/13
An adorably sweet read that touched my heart. Good job with bringing it to life.

God bless~