My Summer Vacation
Story and Picture by Annette Goolsby


Today was the first day of summer vacation.  Mom asked Dee and Darian where would they like to go for summer vacation.  Dee answered, “Six flags.”  Darian said, “to the beach.”  Mom told the boys they could only go to one place.  The family had a vote to decide where to go.  Mom, Dad, and Darian voted to go to the beach.  Dee voted to go to Six Flags.  “The beach it is, you are out numbered,” yelled Darian!


Everyone started packing for the beach trip, except Dee.  Dee did not want to go to the beach because he could not swim.  Mom told Dee that he would have fun and that everything would be all right.  Darian said to Dee, “There are many things to do at the beach.”  We can fly Frisbees, play volleyball, make sand castles, and have oceans of fun.”  Dee felt better about going to the beach.


The family went to the beach.  While flying the Frisbee, it landed in the lap of a lifeguard.  The lifeguard asked the boys, “Why aren’t you boys swimming?”  Dee said, “I don’t know how to swim.  The nice lifeguard said, “I can fix that.” He taught Dee how to swim in a few lessons.  Dee swam the remainder of the vacation.  Every summer after that one Dee wants to go to the beach on vacation.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1. How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story takes place? (Setting)
3. What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end? (Ending)

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