The Bus Ride
Paint Picture & Story Designed By Rachael McDowell

school bus

       Amy was scared.  She had to ride the bus for the first time today. Her teacher told her to get her things and get ready to go home. Amy slowly packed her bookbag then waited in the hall for the bus with the other children. She didn't look at anyone.  She was afraid she might cry. 

    While Amy stood in line, someone gently took a hold of her hand. Amy looked up and saw that it was a teacher she liked from her school. Mrs. Jones was the teacher's name. Mrs. Jones smiled at Amy and told her that she rode the bus with the children everyday. She said that Amy could sit with her. Amy felt a little better knowing that someone she knew would be riding with her.

    The children went out of the school and got on the bus. Amy sat with the teacher in the first seat. Mrs. Jones told Amy that the children liked to sing songs while they rode the bus.  She asked Amy if she would like to sing with them. Amy shook her head. She didn't feel like singing. Amy was worried about getting to her sister's school where she would get off the bus. Would her sister be waiting for her? Would she get lost?

    Amy looked out the window. She listened to the other children sing "Wheels on the Bus." Amy liked that song. She smiled and hummed along as she looked out the window. Amy started to see trees and houses that she knew. Amy's stomach felt wiggly. She knew her sister's school was near.

    The bus pulled up to the other school and stopped in the front. The driver opened the door and Mrs. Jones stood up. She told Mariah that she would help her find her sister. Amy thought she saw her sister standing near the door. Amy walked off the bus behind Mrs. Jones. When Mrs. Jones stepped to the side to  hold her hand, Amy saw her big sister
by the door of the school smiling at her. Amy's sister came to her and gave her a big hug. Amy was glad that she was safe with her sister, and she knew she would not be afraid to ride the bus anymore.

Critical thinking questions to ask students:
1. How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story take 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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