Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Compare/Contrast Essay

Learning to write a compare/contrast essay is one of the standards for sixth grade-and for some reason I was thinking about that this morning as I watched Jakson "play"-aka ignore each other, except to occasionally pull the other one's hair- with his little friend Natalie. They are exactly one week apart and both have blonde hair, but the similarities really stop there.
This is how the morning played out.
1. Natalie and Jakson sit on the floor and play with toys. Natalie is sitting calmly playing with one toy, watching as Jakson empties the toy bin of every toy and throws it on the ground-never actually playing with any of them.
2. Natalie and Jakson watch Baby Einstein. Well, Natalie watches Baby Einstein and Jakson constantly pulls her pacifier out of her mouth and sticks it in his own. Mind you, he already has HIS pacifier in his mouth, but chooses to spit it out, preferring hers. Can't get him to stop, I finally move them to separate couches.
3. Jakson gets very whiny-take him upstairs to nap. Sleeps for 1/2 an hour.
4. Natalie starts to rub her eyes, take her upstairs to nap, sleeps for 1 1/2 hours.
5. While Natalie is sleeping, Jakson takes his box of balls, moves it to the top of the stairs, and begins throwing each ball down the stairs, at the same time shrieking as each one leaves his hand.
6. Proceeds to the landing, where he repeats the process until all of the balls are now in the living room.

7. Jakson eats a banana in about 10 seconds flat, a cheese stick and a four ounces bottle. We are training him for the hot dog eating contest, look for him on ESPN.
8. Natalie wakes up and is hungry. I also give her a banana, which she looks at for awhile and then takes about 10 minutes to eat. Jakson sees her eating and decides he MUST have some! Jakson eats again. Finishes three crackers in the time she has finished one.

And in conclusion, as you can see, there are a couple of similarites and a lot of differences between Natalie and Jakson.
**The conclusion of this blog entry is dedicated to all the sixth graders that used this exact sentence to end EVERY compare/contrast essay- may they become better writers someday.**


Zak said...

Jak has a lot more training to do if he wants to be the world champion eater.
I am very pleased though that it only took 10 seconds to down a banana. Tha is up from his average of 15 seconds.
My Boy!

Annie said...

Oh you should have seen the first time Ruby and Elizabeth's little boy Sam "played." The blaring differences between girl and boy were overwhelming.

Jakson sounds like a typical, healthy, funny toddler boy. Maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to have one of those.

I've seen those hot dog eating contests. That little Japanese guy who wins all the time is crazy!

Katie Brown said...

i liked your conclusion the best. brought back memories of the writing center...

Audra Bollard said...

Yes, us mother of boys got the short end of the stick. I've heard girls have their own set of issues, but I won't believe it until I have one. I'm expecting my future girl to be so easy that I'll probably end up disappointed!

Audra Bollard said...

Will is fascinated by the hot dog eating contests. Jakson is a little guy, so maybe that will work in his favor because the big, linebacker-looking guys never win!

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