A word cloud, stats, thoughts and ideas below. Here is the story:
Hot, humid summer nights like this make me think of you. I think of you and that first summer. Everything was so new and exciting then. Everything was so pure and innocent. Well, it was mostly pure and almost innocent.
It was fresh. Anything was possible. We didn’t’ know what the future would hold and we didn’t really care. We enjoyed those summer nights as much as possible. We knew that in the fall things would be different. We knew that in a year things would be even more different. We knew that it wouldn’t last. It couldn’t last. We didn’t care. We knew that things would change. We didn’t care about that either.
I didn’t know that we would change so much. We were happy. I was happy. I was young, almost innocent and very happy. I guess I thought life would always be so easy, so fun, so fresh, so exciting.
Back then, we had our whole lives ahead of us. We didn’t’ know what the future would bring. We could have done anything we wanted to. Soon, we discovered what we thought we wanted to do. We also discovered who we wanted to do it with. And who we didn’t want to be with. We discovered who we didn’t need to be with.
When I smell the wet and fresh summer air on a night like tonight I think of you. I don’t feel regret or nostalgia. Mostly I just wonder. I wonder what you are doing. I wonder if you are happy. I wonder what you look like. I wonder if your smile still lights up the room. I wonder if I would know you if I saw you on the street. I wonder if you remember me. I wonder if you think about me and what you think about me. I wonder if you are married and who you are married to. I wonder what your life is like. I wonder about you, but I know I will never know.
Total words: 335
Flesch Reading Ease : 86.9
Flesch Kincaid Grade Level: 3.19
I tried to write an open-ended but emotion inducing story without using many difficult words. I tried to use a lot of repitition in structures as well as in word choice. I tried to say as much as possible without saying a whole lot.
Lesson-wise, I was thinking that this might be a decent story for students to respond to. They could write what the other person is thinking, they could write/say their own interpretations about what really happened in this story and who the people were. There is also room for sharing about happy times and what makes or made us happy.
Language wise, words like everything, anything, possible, discovered and wonder were all used a few times. As were humid and innocent.
Some common but potentially new or confusing expressions that jumped out at me:
“anything is (was) possible”
“what the future (will) hold”
“as much as possible”
“it wouldn’t last”
“smile lights up a room”
- GFOTB (good friend of the blog) Laura Phelps (aka @pterolaur) reminded me of the song “Summer Nights ” with which some parallels can be made)
- I thought I’d’ link to Kevin Stein‘s (aka @kevchanwow) awesome collection of fiction for ELLs
- Shout outs to @josettelb (aka Josette LeBlanc) for her inaugural fiction for ELL’s post which gave me the motivation to try one too.