From “Terremoto” by Anushka Malhotra, age 11


When you’re writing about a foreign country, it’s useful to include foreign words as well as physical descriptions. This helps to immerse the reader in a new, exciting world.

Siana, standing there still shocked, looked around, clutching her textbook in her hands. She stamped her feet a bit, noticing it wasn’t their wooden classroom floor anymore. They were standing on grey concrete instead. She carefully peered over the edge but nearly fell after she saw what was there. She was looking down at a whole town with roads, cars and many people on the streets.

“Verdura fresca! Verdura fresca!” they heard a man shout, pushing along a cart filled with fresh vegetables.

From”Textscapades”, published 2012

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