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Seventeen Actual Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade History Essay Excerpts

uk.jpgThe following seventeen excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and quizzes by children between fifth and sixth grade ages. They were collected over a period of three years by two teachers.

 Read carefully for grammar, misplaced modifiers and, of course, spelling!

 1. Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics.

They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to

live elsewhere.

2. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history.

The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth.

3. Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him.

He later died from an overdose of wedlock which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career

suffered a dramatic decline.

4. In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits and threw the java. The games were messier then than they show on TV now.

5. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made  king. Dying, he gasped out: "Same to you, Brutus."

6. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don't really understand. The English  and French still have problems.

7. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564,

supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays.

He wrote tragedies, comedies and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.

8. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic  couple. They lived in Italy. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet  but her father was having none of that I'm sure. You know how Italian fathers are.

9. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it.

10. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and also declared, "Ahorse divided against itself cannot stand."He was a naturalist for sure. Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

11. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation.On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theatre and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

12. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer  in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half  German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

13. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he wrote loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

14. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions.People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.

Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men.

Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits but I don't know why.

15. Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He wrote the Organ of the Species. It was very long and people got upset about it and had trials to see if it was really true. He sort of said God's days were not just 24 hours but without watches who knew anyhow? I don't get it.

16. Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she did.Other women have become scientists since her but they didn't get to find radios because they were already taken.

17. Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers. The other three were in the movies. Karl made speeches and started revolutions. Someone in the family had to have a job, I guess.

 

piątek, 27 lutego 2009, saralewa

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