Tag Archives: Non-Fiction

The Cat

His body was slim
And sleek
And black,
And as he passed the cage door
He turned,
And scratched at a rat
That was ripped and hanging.
And I saw sharp claws,
And a row of gleaming white teeth,
And eyes of black coal,
Hard and narrow and slit.
Then out of the cage,
With those sharp pointing claws
Leaping without a sound
Stealthy,
Calmly,
He jumped — That strange mammal,
Slim, sleek, black,
Park shark, part eel,
Part neither — for his blood was warm.

Inspired by “The Shark” by Edwin John Pratt

How to Torture Your Teacher

How to Torture Your Teacher
By: Bruce Lansky

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Only raise your hand when
you want to sharpen your pencil
or go to the bathroom.
Repeat every ten minutes.

Never raise your hand
when you want to answer a question;
instead, yell, “Oooh! Oooh! Oooh!”
and then, when the teacher calls on you,
say, “I forgot what I was going to say.”

Lean your chair back,
take off your shoes, and
put your feet up on your desk.
Act surprised when the teacher
puts all four legs of your chair back on the floor.

Drop the eraser end of your pencil
on your desk.
See how high it will bounce.

Drop your books on the floor.
See how loud a noise you can make.

Hum.
Get all your friends to join in.

Hold your nose,
make a face, and say, “P.U.!”
Fan the air away from your face,
and point to the kid in front of you.

On the last day of school,
lead your classmates in chanting:
“No more pencils!
No more books!
No more teachers’
dirty looks!”

Then, on your way out
the door, tell the teacher,
“Bet you’re looking forward
to summer vacation this year.
But I’ll sure miss you.
You’re the best teacher
I’ve ever had.”

I really like this poem because it relates to me. I normally don’t purposely try to make teachers mad, but some kids do. These things in this poem happen almost everyday at school. Also, when people think of poems, they usually will think that poems are complex, deep pieces of work. This poem shows that poems don’t have to be like that.

Three Places Everyone Needs To Visit in Texas

Whether you already live in Texas, or you are just visiting Texas, these three places are must go places.

The Alamo
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a history teacher or a person looking for something exciting, this place is worth your time. This little place was where a huge, devastating battle once took place. The battle here played a major part in Texas becoming what it is today. Without the Alamo, we would not be able to see the beautiful, well developed Texas as seen today. Come visit the Alamo for a glance into the history of Texas.

The River Walk 
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This river weaves through San Antonio for several miles. Whoever you are, this river will meet your needs because along side of it are many of San Antonio’s best restaurants, shopping areas, hotels, and tourist attractions. Under the street, there is long pedestrian walkway that’s right next by the river. Not up for a walk? No problem. There are many fun and exciting river cruises you can take. Also, many times there are several festivals or popular arts and craft shows going on near the river. This place is a great place to visit place day or night.

The Sixth Floor Museum

It was from the sixth floor of this building that the shot that took President John F. Kennedy’s life was fired. This building now offers a detailed account of the assassination, as well as Kennedy’s legacy. On display, there are also many things on his presidential campaign and term as president, all supported by historic footage, photos, and artifacts. This place will keep you engrossed for hours and will definitely meet your standards.

Breaking Rules

Have you ever had a strong urge to break a rule? Was it for a good cause, or was it for your own entertainment? Sometimes breaking rules is okay, but sometimes it’s not.

It’s not okay to break rules if you’re just trying to cause trouble. For example, have you ever been in a class with people who refuse to listen to the teacher’s rules? A common thing that they’ll do is that they’ll refuse to stop talking. They always talk without permission whenever they feel like it. It slows the class down, and it is very disruptive. If annoying people didn’t break the teacher’s rules, class would go so much smoother. If you’re a troublemaker, breaking rules to cause trouble isn’t okay.

On the other hand, it’s okay to break rules if it’s for a good cause. What if someone fell down and injured themselves in a place that says “no running”? Would you not immediately rush towards them to help? Or rush to get help for them? Doing that, you’re breaking the rule. However, without the help of the person that is “breaking the rule”, the situation for the person in the accident would have been a lot worse. If it’s for a helpful cause, breaking rules is normally okay.

People may tell you that you can or can’t do this and that. But some rules are made to be broken, and some are made to be kept.