“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” by Nate lanza

2 12 2011

Here is the third installment of talented thoughts by a 5th grade student……

“Hardwork beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.”-Unknown.

This is very true. If you have talent but don’t work hard to use it, it’s like decapitating yourself.You jump off the precipice of laziness, desiring those few moments of free fall before you hit the hard place at the bottom.

Then, a rock crushes you. If you work hard to use your talent, you won’t be stuck between a rock and a hardplace. You won’t deface your talent. Your ship will become inexorable as it carries you through the sea of life.

Your cannons of hard work will splinter the ships of supercilious people who think that they are more talented thenyou, [but who don’t work hard]. Others who try to follow in your tracks without hard work will fall into the orifice of failure.

You will sail on,untouched and successful.



How has my writing improved this year?

At the beginning of the year, I was fresh from a fourth-grade class that did little, if any, writing. My sentences were undeveloped, short, and without voice. Reading one of my essays was like hearing a monotone. Now, after being in an environment filled with creative writing, I have picked up knowledge.

It’s like I was in the dark, foreboding, vast belly of a whale that finally spit me out into a coral reef filled with colorful plants and fish. It was like I had a great orifice of dark symmetry inside me, a place where great writingshould’ve been. I didn’t even realize that I was missing so much until it wasfilled in.

Now, I have found the voice inside me. I have been awoken from mydream of voicelessness, and my writing has greatly improved.

Positive Influences by Ryan Quinn

2 12 2011

This is the second of a series of thoughts by my class of 5th and 6th graders

Choosing positive influences early in life is important to develop who a person is as an adult. Let’s say one person chose to have their influence be a slob, never doing school work, only playing video games all day, every day, except when they pull mean pranks on people. A second person chose at a young age to have their influence be a helpful, kind philanthropist who cared for sick and elderly, picked up trash, and helped needy. They would both start to understand their influence’s way of life, and because they always see that influence, they would adapt to their way of life.

The new helpful person would take the high, positive road of life. The beautiful path will lead through the lush forest of optimism, with trees of employment and shrubs of thought out work. This forest road will lead the beautiful lake of success, and the excited person who chose the positive influence can dive in to swim with the fish of enjoyed life.

The other person, however, has taken the low, negative road. This consequently leads to the dead, burnt plain of pessimism, with only a few dead trees of unemployment. The road continues through the barren, ravaged land until the plain stops at the huge, deep precipice of failure.

As the person who chose the negative influence trudges over the dried riverbed of incompletion, they realize they could have been listening to the birds of completion sing their lovely songs. They realize this disaster started with choosing their best friend at a young age. They realize it could be much harder to walk back out of the wasteland and take the high road than if they had taken the positive path at a young age. After all, who wants to stumble over the precipice of failure?

Who wants to end their life when they get old knowing they made no positive accomplishments some one else’s life?

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great,” Mark Twain.

The Treasure of Accuracy by Ryan Quinn

2 12 2011

This is the first of a series of motivational thoughts by 5th and 6th grade students.

 Accuracy: a treasure in life. Anyone can use accuracy, and anyone who does tasks everyday should use it. However, a person has to develop this treasure to use the skill. It lies hidden in a temple, buried in the thick jungle of life.

Those who set out to reach the treasure need a few necessities to make it there. Snapping fingers and saying “Give me accuracy now” won’t give accuracy to a person. They must take a pocket knife of concentration, a rope of optimism, a tent of practice, and a supply kit of encouragement. The knife brings down the jungle beasts of distraction, trying to stop one’s quest to achieve the treasure of accuracy. The rope of optimism swings a seeker across the canyon of doubt. The tent of practice keeps one out of the jungle night, and getting lost in the journey as a consequence. The supply kit of encouragement keeps one from turning back, to keep on track. If someone uses these tools on the quest to develop accuracy, they will certainly succeed.

“If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or as Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause and say, ‘Here lived a streetsweeper who did his job well,’” Martin Luther King Jr.