>Exaggerate: (v)- to magnify beyond the limits of truth

>Today in class, we read some Mark Twain and talked about exaggeration. We talked about exapmples of exaggeration from the story, then for fun, I asked them to write a paragraph using exaggeration to describe their experience with this week’s snow storm.

To inspire their young minds, I showed them a Facebook post from my friend Brian:

Brian McMurray
Survival Log: Day 2 – Things are beginning to degrade. The snow has piled up past the garage doors making travel difficult. I have removed the tires from the car and shredded them to fashion a series of digging tools. Was also able to duct tape a fork to a pool cue and create a makeshift harpoon, which I immediately used to harpoon the neighbor’s cat. Poor guy never saw it coming but at least now we’re eating.

These were some of the paragraphs my gems came up with… clearly we still have some work to do…

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>Des Moines Public Schools are cancelled… NOT

>So… despite the countless prayers from my fellow colleagues, we did not have a snow day today. I didn’t really expect to have one, but as I watched, with one eye open, the school cancellations scroll across the ticker at 5:30 this morning, I found myself holding my breath each time the D’s would come back around.

In first Block, I was missing 11 out of 22 students. I figured a bus was running late and didn’t think much of it. About 15 minutes into class, however, a student calls out:

Student: “My brother (who is in high school) just texted me. He says that school’s just been cancelled.”

Me: “Well that’s interesting since we are all here, and as far as I can tell, we are in class already.”

Another student: “Maybe he means we get out early?”

Me: “That could be a possibility. The winds are supposed to get really bad and blow the snow around a bit. I’ll check on the computer while you guys cross your fingers.”

I pull up KCCI.com (our trusty local weather station) and click on the button labeled “172 school cancellations and delays.” I click on the “D” and scroll down through the list. I see “Des Moines Public Schools” and get so excited that I gasp and accidentally hit the wrong button closing the screen.

I am attacked by a barrage of “Miss Lewis, why’d you do that?” “You can’t leave us in suspense.” “COME ON!”

Me: “Everybody just simmer down. For crying out loud. Give me a minute.”

By now my 11 gems, who did show up, are crowded around my computer as I pull the site back up. I scroll down as we all read aloud, “Des Moines Public Schools, CORRECTION: Schools are OPEN.”

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