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Which do you prefer, living in the countryside or living in the city?

I think living in the countryside is far better than living in the city. There are numerous of reasons why living in countryside is the better than the city. The scenery, the streets, the people and the paced are totally different compare to the city.

The first outstanding characteristic about the countryside is that it is beautiful and peaceful. The air is fresh and the surroundings green. This is because the countryside is free from pollution, be it air, land or noise pollution. There no such perfect peaceful view that you can see other than in the countryside.

There are no crowded streets and heavy traffic in the countryside. Thus there are no fumes from cars and smoke from factories buildings to pollute the air. The trees surrounded the countryside help the people from inhaling the polluted air. The freshness smell of plant somehow helps the people of the countryside to have a healthy life.

Furthermore, people in the countryside are more conscious of keeping their surroundings clean and so there is little throwing of rubbish everywhere, only at designated places. This is unlike the cities where if the garbage trucks do not collect the rubbish disposed by household or restaurants, the city will be overflowing with rubbish! This will attract the mosquitoes, fly, rats and wild dogs to pollute their surrounding that will cause them to have diseases like dengue and cholera.

Thirdly, heavy traffic and crowded streets increase the level of noise pollution. The honking of cars in the streets is continuous and the crowds on the roads increase the hub of activity. There are also sound of the machine used in manufacturing factories, loud radio in and out the mall. These add to the noise of the city. Even if one lives in residential areas, one is never far from busy streets.
However, in the countryside, life is slow-paced. There is no need to rush around because there are not too many places to go. Most places are close by and people can walk or cycle. Less vehicle used, so less fumes is released.

The most heart-warming thing about the countryside is the attitude of people. People are friendly and helpful. If there are any happy or festive occasions, everyone pitches in to help. This feeling of cooperation and neighbourliness is what separates the countryside from the city.
In the city, people are too busy to take note of the people around. Some hardly even know their neighbours. So they would not even be bothered about what happens to people around. This is why the crime rate is increasing in the city because bystanders do not rush in to help if a crime is committed on the streets.

The pace of life in the countryside is slow so people have more time to enjoy life as the day goes on. Thus, for me to enjoy the quality of life, I prefer to live in the countryside.

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In my opinion, one has not experienced life until one has lived in the city. There is so much to see and experience in the bright lights of the city that you cannot get in the countryside. Here in the city, you can learn about how to get along with people of different types, encounter varied situations and solve problems. All these help a person to grow in maturity. After all, experience is the best teacher.

In the countryside, however, you only move around people you are used to. So, you seldom encounter strangers or new and demanding situations. Life is more mundane and routine-like. Staying in a secure, safe place does not allow for one to gain new experiences and grow in maturity.

Furthermore, young people need a life that is exciting and pleasurable. It is the city that offers you entertainment- cinemas, parks and eating places. Here you can hang out with friends and family members. Life as fast-paced and this keeps you active and alert all times. And when it comes to educational opportunities, the city abounds in this. There are good school and libraries that are necessary for your mental development. Furthermore, there are places like museums and educational centres where you can go, to increase your knowledge.

Such places that offer you entertainment or learning opportunities are of course not available in the countryside. For entertainment, there is only the occasional festive celebration or marriage feast or fishing outing. Some may find this appealing but not me. Moreover, opportunities to widen your knowledge are limited in the countryside.

Another point in support of living in the city is the available of jobs. In the city, you can find a job that suits your qualification or interest. If you find a job unsuitable, you can always move to another. This, naturally, increases your earning power and you have better chances of a more comfortable life. Of course, one may argue that one can live in the countryside and work in the city but this will only incur extra expenses and unnecessary inconveniences.

Thus, for all the reasons mentioned above, I think that life in the city is better than living in the countryside. After all, you are young only once.

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Theme1 : Environment and Natural Disasters
Topic1: Write an expository essay in which you discuss the numerous causes, effects, and possible solutions to eliminate the dangers of global warming.

Sample 1:
Title: Global Warming
I- Thesis Statement: Global Warming has various causes that destroy our planet and lead to numerous lethal effects.
II- Body:
A- The causes of global warming.
1) The greenhouse gases like CO2, CH4, NO2 that are spread into the air and are forming a depletion in the ozone layer.
2) Also, factories that don’t have filters are a main cause of pollution that leads to global warming.
3) Deforestation and cutting trees that make forests disappear and lead to the extinction of certain species. 
B- The effects of global warming.
1) Ice melts in polar caps which leads to the extinction of some species like polar bears and penguins.                               
2) Climatic changes that increase the sea level and that lead to flooding.
3) Natural disasters like tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes and many other disasters that destroy our Mother Nature.
C- In brief, we can solve this dangerous problem in different ways.
1) We can use bicycles and other environmental transportation means instead of cars, trucks, buses and others.
 2) We can also decrease the deforestation through cutting less trees and planting more to protect our environment.
III- Conclusion: As a conclusion, global warming is a natural disaster that is destroying our planet and man-kind.

                                                              Global Warming
Global warming is a serious issue that is destroying our planet and man-kind. It has various causes that destroy Earth and lead to numerous dangerous and lethal effects.

Several causes lead to global warming including greenhouse gases, factories, factories without filters and deforestation. The greenhouse gases like CO2, CH4 and NO2 that are spread into the air, form a depletion in the ozone layer and cause a lot of danger on earth. Also, factories that don’t have filters are a main cause of pollution. They increase the concentration of greenhouse gases. Moreover, deforestation and cutting trees make forests disappear and extinct.

All these causes lead to dangerous effects that threaten people and lead to their death. Some of these effects are ice melting, climatic changes, and natural disasters. Ice melts in polar caps lead to the extinction of some species like polar bears and penguins. Also, climatic changes increase in the sea level and that leads to flooding due to the rise in the oceans. Natural disasters like tornadoes, tsunami, hurricanes and many other deadly disasters destroy our Mother Nature.

In brief, we can solve this dangerous and deadly problem in different ways. We can use bicycles and other environmental transportation means instead of cars, trucks, and buses to overcome toxic gases. We can also decrease the deforestation by eliminating the act of cutting trees to protect our environment and planting others to replace the ones we cut through deforestation campaigns.

As a conclusion, global warming is a natural disaster that is destroying our planet and man-kind. As such, people must beware and try their best to overcome and stop global warming to save our planet.                                                                                                      Done by: Amal Maanna 2011-2012

Sample 2:
Title: Destiny of the World
I- Thesis Statement: Global warming has various causes and effects that are endangering our lives, so we must work on some solutions to overcome it.
II- Body:
A-Global warming has many causes that can be split into two groups, natural causes and man-made causes.
1-Natural causes are water vapor and release of methane gas from wet lands.
2-Man-made causes are polluted gases, unfiltered factories, burning fossil fuels
3- Deforestation and green-house gases.
B-Those causes lead to many effects.
1-Witnessing extinction of some species
2-Having climatic changes and melting of ice caps in the North Pole
3-Suffering from natural disasters
C-People should work on solving this problem
1- Planting trees (reforestation campaigns)
2- Eliminating unnecessary urbanization
3- Producing energy in scientific ways
4- Forcing factories on using filters
5- Using environmental friendly vehicles (using solar energy)
6- Build shelters for animals
III- Conclusion: In brief, people should do their best to overcome this massive disaster and to decrease its causes because this way all of us would be able to live in peace and in a clean and beautiful world because the destination of the world is between our hands.

                                                             Destiny of the World

    The world is facing a massive disaster that is endangering the future of mankind. This disaster is global warming. Global warming has various causes and effects that are endangering our lives, so we must work on some solutions to overcome it.
    Global warming has many causes that can be split into two groups, natural causes and man-made causes. Natural causes are the ones caused by nature like water vapor and the release of methane gas from wetlands. However, the man-made causes are more dangerous than the natural ones. And they are presented by polluted gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) which is released from unfiltered factories, and burning of fossil fuels. Another man-made cause is deforestation which leads to the extinction of some species. Moreover, green-house gases are the gases that escalate global warming the most, and they are presented by CO2 and CFCs.
    Those causes lead to many effects such as extinction of some species, climatic changes and natural disasters. First of all, they lead to the extinction of some species like Pandas due to the melting of ice caps. Another effect is climatic changes, which include freezing winters and warm summers. Moreover, natural disasters took place in many countries like Japan. Japan had been devastated by earthquakes and tornadoes. All these effects and many others put our Earth’s future on stake.
    People should work on solving this problem, or we would never be able to overcome it. And those solutions include planting trees instead of cutting them through reforestation campaigns and eliminating unnecessary urbanization, producing energy in a scientific way instead of burning fossil fuels, forcing factories to use filters which will help in decreasing the amount of CO2 gas, using environment friendly vehicles, and building shelters for animals .
   In brief, people should do their best to overcome this massive disaster and to decrease its causes because this way, all of us will be able to live in peace and in a clean and beautiful world since the destiny of the world is between our hands.

                                                                                           Done by Sara Shibly 2011-2012

Topic 2: Write a well-structured essay in which you recall a natural disaster that you witnessed or heard of and the devastation it led to.

Sample 1:                                                    An Earthquake

      An earthquake is when two tectonic plates slide over each other thus causing the earth to shake. When I was 11 years old, I experienced the largest earthquake that hit Lebanon. In May of 2001, Lebanon experienced massive earthquakes causing the annihilation of many buildings.
     It all started when I was lying on the floor watching cartoon late at night, while my parents and brother were asleep. I suddenly heard a noise that sounded like a bomb blasting our fragile earth and planes crashing down killing many innocent people. So, I quickly got up off the floor scared and frightened like a cat being washed against its will.
    I quickly went outside to witness this catastrophe that happened. So, as I was looking at the road, I noticed this huge crack in the middle of the street spreading throughout the street into horizon. Then, I turned to the left and saw that the building was shattered and destroyed to the ground.
       After half an hour, an ambulance and the fire fighters arrived to our neighborhood to help. In the half an hour that took the authorities to reach our neighborhood, people were trying to save and help our helpless friends and neighbors. After all this , there were few injuries but, thank God, no one died .
      In conclusion, the extreme power of nature left behind a negative impact on all our neighbors after the earthquake. It all happened in 2001, but until this day, though everything has become normal and all the minor injuries have healed, no one will ever forget that quake that shook us all and drove us out of our wits.
                                                                                                        Done by Natalie Shhaitli 2011-2012

                                                         Sample 2 Surviving a Tsunami
    Extreme powers of nature leave their negative impact on almost all aspects of life. It was a hot summer day. My sister, cousins, and I were so bored and feeling hot, so we decided to go to the beach for a swim. It was 9:00 am when we packed our things, and we were ready to go.
    On our way there, the weather seemed to change a little. We felt a cold breeze of air twice, yet still the weather was flaming hot. In half an hour we reached our destination.
     We took our shoes off and walked across the sandy beach to find a good place to sit. We couldn’t beat the sand beneath our feet that seemed like burnt coal, so we threw our stuff from our hands and rushed towards the cool water. We swam, splashed and so we sat in a row on the light carpet I had brought with me. We sat with our backs facing the ocean, except for my older sister who sat across us. While we were eating, a sudden cool breeze came once again, and that time the sun hid behind the clouds. I noticed a weird look on my sister’s face. She was speechless, her eyes popped out, and also her mouth, wide full of food. She spat what was in her mouth and yelled, “Wave!!!!!!!” A high wave was coming toward the shore; it needed about a couple of minutes to reach us. We ran as all people were running up to the highway. We all split and everyone went into a direction. The wave arrived the shore and swapped everything on it. My heart beat doubled. After the situation calmed down, we called each other, and we started looking around us as the water rushed across the land it swept away along with trees garden, buildings, cars, and other man made equipment. Boats have often been hurled into the sky and iron parking meters have been bent to the ground. The water has left a trail of destruction that looks like an enormous bomb has exploded in the area.
    It was the most horrifying experiences of my life. I was scared that I might not see my parents or relatives again. Mother Nature always reminds us how powerful it is, and we can’t predict when it might give a visit.
                                                                                                          Done by Reem Daher 2011-2012

Sample 3
Writing Prompt: Earthquakes / Disaster ReliefThink of any disaster that you have been part of or learned about. Write a composition of 150-200 words to narrate the event and the consequences it led to. Provide a suitable title and an outline to your composition.  
[Score: 02 for outline and title, 03 for ideas, and 03 for language].    

                                                           A Mishap to Remember

     “The thing that a lot of people cannot comprehend is that Mother Nature doesn't have a bullet with your name on it; she has millions of bullets inscribed with 'to whom it may concern.” Every action has an opposite and equal reaction. If one bears this in mind as he dumps his venomous wastes into his earth, rivers, and seas, excessively burns fossil fuels for his personal use and transportation increasing the rate of greenhouse gases, cuts off trees for unnecessary urbanization leading to deforestation, and experiments chemical weapons wherever and whenever possible, perhaps Mother Nature’s rage and wrath would be by far less. Perhaps then human beings are less likely to face natural phenomena that would shake their existence and lead to their impending doom. They would not know any of the famous fatal names of storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. However, people tend to turn deaf ears to all raising awareness campaigns and end up bearing the consequences of their deeds against Mother Nature. I still remember the day I witnessed nature’s wrath on us, dodged death and lived to tell its story.
      At the age of fifteen, I had experienced the trauma and ordeal of living through one of Mother Nature's most notorious disasters. The earthquake I witnessed showed me that life is erratic and random and should be intensely cherished. I was sitting with a group of friends in a café at that day.
      As we were heading downtown, I remember noticing what a picturesque and tranquil day it was, resembling the calm before the storm. As we stepped off the bus, we immediately headed to the entrance of the café. We sat near the exit and made our order a few minutes before sensing mild tremors. In the past I had experienced voluminous and massive tremors, but due to my lack of understanding, I considered them mild disturbances. I still recall the head chef’s words, "Please do not be startled. It is only a tremor ". However, as soon as the chef finished his statement, the tremor turned into a catastrophic earthquake.
      It felt like the ground underneath is having seizures, shivering with vigorous and forceful strength. Reaction was almost impossible due to shock, and we could not move because it felt like the ground underneath is threatening to gobble us if we do. As one of my friends led me to the exit, we struggled along with others who were fighting to escape and flee through the small exit, but no one was succeeding. I felt like we were destined to stay inside and remember thinking that my life was about to end and praying to God for rescue and salvation. Once the earthquake stopped, we were pushed by the mob of people towards the exit. As we stepped out, ironically, the first person we saw at the exit was the head chef that had, a few moments ago, said everything would be fine. After helping the traumatized people around us, my friends and I decided to head back to the apartment.
      On our way there, continuously haunted by the aftershocks, we saw the people in the streets in shock and buildings on the ground either entirely or partially destroyed. The streets had been torn in the middle, opening up the earth, hence giving an impression of a war zone. When we finally arrived, we discovered that most of the building had collapsed and that we had been lucky to escape with our life intact. We gathered with a group of people outside. No one thought it was safe to go inside any of the buildings though. We contemplated staying at one of our friend’s home, but we decided it would be better to stay in the streets due to the danger surrounding us.
      In the morning, we decided to get our things and some belongings since we would be staying in my friend's house. We walked up the stairs with much trepidation and fear. As we stepped inside the apartment, we found that only a few things had fallen on the floor, so we took what we came for and headed out as fast as our feet could carry us to safe ground. When I finally sat down, all my thoughts circulated around the events of the previous day. It was quite an experience to have evaded death that day. I realized that nature can't be controlled and that Mother Nature doesn’t forgive.
                                                                                    Done by: Miss Batoul Ali Saad

Writing Prompt 4: Pollution is one of the dilemmas that people need to overcome for the safety of their upcoming generations. Write a well-structured essay in which you discuss two of its major causes and effects.

Beware It

         "Pollution is the forerunner of perdition". This quote asserts and implies that pollution is a serious threat to the health and well-being of all living things. Pollution is the biggest menace to the human race on this planet today. Through destroying, wrecking, and demolishing all the means of living, the existence of man and nature will be hampered. Pollution has a lot of faces for it can destroy air, water, and land by a blink of an eye. As such one must beware the causes of such a disaster and its effects. Pollution is an inevitable outcome of people’s misuse of natural resources and governments’ irresponsibility which could lead to health problems and environmental degradation.

         Pollution is an inevitable outcome of human beings’ misuse of Mother Nature. To begin with, humans are misusing and exploiting their mother nature through excessively cutting off trees for urbanization and daily use leading to deforestation and soil erosion and unduly burning fossil fuels; hence, triggering an upsurge in the emission of greenhouse gases like CFCs, CO2, and methane and causing an escalation in the depletion of the ozone layer and intensification of the soon to come global warming. They are overly burning coal which causes the release of smoke from chimneys, factories, vehicles, or burning of wood and sulfur dioxide into the air making it toxic and leading to global warming, drought everywhere, and acid rain. Moreover, overgrazing would certainly spiral desertification and deforestation. Dumping industrial wastes and Oil spills into the rivers and other water bodies can cause an imbalance in the water leading to its severe contamination and death of aquatic species while spraying insecticides and pesticides like DDT in plants pollutes the ground water system. Moreover, dumping toxic wastes and unwanted chemicals in the land would certainly lead to all kinds of pollution and affect the ecosystem.

           Yet another lethal cause behind pollution is governments’ lack of concern and responsibility. Due to the sensitivity of the problem in hand, clearly a vast amount of anti-pollution activity should be taking place, innumerable solutions should be suggested and implemented, and optimum control standards should be set. However, governments worldwide don’t seem to be doing a good job at that, for protective laws and legislations are not being set and, if set, aren’t being imposed and followed up. Factories that dump their toxic wastes and their oil spills are being let off the hook instead of being sued, state forests and other natural reserves are being violated on a regular basis without holding anyone responsible for cutting off trees or burning them down, and industrial unit that discard toxic wastes in land are not being stopped or fined for such deeds. This is all due to governmental greed and irresponsibility. Many politicians and especially those in power are ruled by the interests of big businesses and other global players. Greed and selfishness seem to be rife and prevalent in the world. As such, some of the parliamentary figures are being bribed into covering up for attempts at turning their counties’ land and water into a dumpster for toxic wastes and oil spills. Recycling isn’t being closely followed up, factories without filters aren’t being charged, and projects that aim at shifting to environment friendly vehicles aren’t being supported and implemented. As such, pollution is ever-increasing, threatening planet earth and human race.

            What is worse than the cause is the deadly effect, and one of the hazardous effects of pollution is encountering severe health problems and ailments. It goes without being said that air pollution leads to several respiratory problems, asthma, lung cancer, chest pain, congestion, throat inflammation, and cardiovascular diseases. Noise pollution, on the other hand, leads to hearing loss, stress and sleep disturbance. And water pollution may pose skin related problems including skin irritations and rashes.

        Environmental degradation is another detrimental effect of pollution. To begin with, the increase in the amount of CO2 leads to smog which restricts sunlight from reaching the earth, hence preventing plants in the process of photosynthesis. Moreover, gases like Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide would cause acid rain. In addition to that, water pollution in terms of Oil spill may lead to death of several wildlife species. As such, pollution is doomed to cause an overall lack of balance in the ecosystem.

     As a conclusion, “The thing that a lot of people cannot comprehend is that Mother Nature doesn’t have a bullet with your name on it; she has millions of bullets inscribed with ‘to whom it may concern.” is a quote that best portrays the fact that humanity is digging its own grave, for mother nature doesn’t forgive. Nature’s wrath and rage is soon to reveal itself unless people and governments start acting wisely and set standards to limit pollution and surmount its effects.

                                                                               Done by: Miss Btoul Ali Saad

Writing Prompt 5: Air pollution is threatening the human race's safety. Write a well-structured cause/effect essay in which you tackle the causes and effects of air pollution.

                                                       A Breath of Our Impurity

         "Pollution is the forerunner of perdition". This quote asserts and implies that pollution is a serious, sincere, and crucial threat to the health and well-being of all living things. Pollution is the biggest menace to the human race on this planet today. Through destroying, wrecking, and demolishing all the means of living, the existence of man and nature will be hampered. Pollution has a lot of faces for it can destroy air, water, and land by a blink of an eye. It is significant to note that air pollution has a lot of causes such as burning fossil fuels and coal, the use of petroleum, and the exhaustion from combustion engines. In addition to that, it has hazardous, perilous, and risky effects like respiratory problems, depletion of the ozone layer, and the emission of greenhouse gases.
        Air pollution is the inevitable outcome of a lot of causes such as using fossil fuels and coal, expending petroleum, and excessively using combustion engines. To begin with, air pollution can be caused by the use of coal and fossil fuels, for factories, power-generating establishments, offices, and even homes utilize fossil fuel and coal for power or heat. Though it’s beneficial, burning coal and fossil fuels contributes to air pollution and smog. Moreover, petroleum is the driving force behind vehicles; however, this helpful substance is a major contributor to global air pollution. Petroleum releases carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into air which, when inhaled, can lead to ailments. In addition to that, exhaustion from combustion engines is one of the reasons behind air pollution. Add to that the fact that while modes of transportation such as cars, ships, and planes have made people's lives easier, they are also some of the biggest causes of air pollution.

      Such a cataclysmic problem is deemed to embody some deadly and risky effects like respiratory problems and depletion of the ozone layer. First, pollution can affect humanity, for the emission of greenhouse gases can harm human beings by causing lung cancer and chest pain. Another clout effect is the depletion of the ozone layer which technically protects the earth from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It also gives way to the production of smog, which is a major cause behind a variety of lung problems.

    Earth is everybody's home and nobody likes to live in a dirty home. Of all change swirling among us, those that affect the natural environment seem to hold the most serious consequence on human life. From a long period of time, people have been polluting the earth surface, but because of earth's own ability to absorb and purify minor qualities of pollutants, the problem has been minimal. But what would happen when it can no longer do so?
                                                                               Done by:Nour Raya  Grade 9"A"  2013-2014

Theme 2: Self-confidence / Perseverance / Determination / Will Power

Topic 1:
Write a well-structured essay in which you discuss how you or someone you know proved the importance of self-confidence in achieving goals and targets, tackling and overcoming obstacles, and even fighting discrimination.
  Sample 1:                                          Nothing Is Impossible
        A man, as a basic rule, owes very little to what he was born with. A man is what he makes of himself. Some people were born with little resources, but with their wit, distinguished character, and ambition they became an example to follow for others. Da Silva, the former Brazilian president, is a living example for such a person.
     Da Silva commonly referred to simply as “Lula,” was born to poor parents. There was little time or money for young Lula to get an education, and he was working in the streets as a shoeshine boy and street vendor before he was in his teens. Later, as he worked in an industrial factory, he became exceedingly involved in the movement of unionizing the workers. Due to his natural leader charisma, he rose quickly in the ranks of the union leadership and learned that the true path to fair treatment for workers was through political power.
  Lula started his political life as the president of the workers’ party which was very popular among the worker class. He shared in formal political life as a member in the congress, and after three failures, when running for the elections; he at last became the president of Brazil in the year 2002. Lula is known for being a remarkable president, allowing Brazilian industry to prosper while taking steps towards combating and fighting Brazil’s legendary poverty.
   Could anyone imagine that Lula the shoeshine boy might become the president of the country? Anyhow Lula and people like him teach us to hang on to our dreams and who knows what the future would bring to us?

                                                                                                          Done by Reem Ahmad 2011-2012

Sample 2:                                                  Key to Success
        Where there is a will there is a way. When self-confidence activates, man becomes powerful. This means that a handicap doesn't hamper man's motion in life or hinder his progress. Zack, our next door neighbor, is the best presentation of the importance of self-confidence in shaping one’s life.
    Zack is a good example of self-confidence, he is handicapped. To illustrate more, he is blind. However, his blindness doesn't constitute an impediment in front of his achieving a high position as well as gaining respect and love.
      Zack was born blind, and his parents let him join school like other students. Though blind, he was excellent and remarkable. He always rejected any different treatment between him and his colleagues and requested an equal treatment as well as equal expectations. His teachers always praised his pre-imminence and sent his parents evaluation cards. Whenever he needed anything in his studies, he used to ask his teachers or his classmates.
     When he was 15, he was able to prove himself at school as well as in society and gained love and respect from the elders and his fellows. He used to help his friends at school and the neighborhood. In the secondary classes, Zack was thought to be a graduate. His intelligence was outstanding. Many teachers thought that he should be at the university rather than the secondary school. It was not a surprise that he was considered a miracle at college. Zack continued his way of success till he became a great physician. Once he was asked, ''How could you achieve that and you are sightless?'' He replied, ‘Fellow, it only demands your self-confidence, and life becomes very easy.”
     In conclusion, where there is a will, there is a way. All what one needs to achieve his goals in life and face his hardships is self-confidence and determination. You have to believe in yourself if you want others to believe in you.
                                                                                                   Done by: Natalie Shihaitly 2011-2012

Sample 3:                                                Self-confidence Is a Must          
           Johann Wolfgang once said, “As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live”. Self-confidence is a necessary element in anyone’s life, as it gives hope and self-esteem to reach life’s goals. An example of a self-confident person is Robert Schlienz.
         Schlienz lost his arm at the age of six, but that didn’t stop him from playing his favorite sport which is football. Robert ignored all the negative remarks from coaches and peers and trained hard. After that, he signed up for Stuttgart’s youth team where all players made fun of him. He believed in his abilities and went on to become a successful football player scoring 143 goals and winning many cups.
             In conclusion, “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation others throw at him”, as David Brinkly said. Therefore, self-confidence is a main part in achieving our goals.                                           

                                                                                                 Done by Mohamad Fawaz 2012-2013

Sample 4:                                              A Miracle Can Be Attained
        Life is overloaded with obstacles and hindrances that would try to knock people down and paralyze their ability and willingness to strive and seek what they aim for in life. However, one should try to surmount such deterrents and strive, seek, fight, and never yield before achieving their goals and dreams. To attain this and surmount difficulties, self-confidence, determination, strong will, and perseverance should be one’s close friend and ally. Wilma Rudolph is one of those who were able to overcome the difficulties of life with her determination and self-confidence.
       Wilma was a girl that had a paralyzed leg caused by polio. She was curious to beat the sickness and to compensate what she missed in her childhood. She went to school on her wheel chair to watch her friends playing basketball and concentrated on every step they did. Her mother took her to the hospital and doctors took good care of her. They advised her to do daily exercises to have the ability to walk. She practiced and trained every day and didn’t give up to her sickness. She didn’t even let her sickness block her way in life. Wilma Rudolph started walking better until she had the ability to run. The college coach encouraged her to win a full scholarship to college and helped her share in championships and win. She had the ability to concentrate, and this ability was important because it helped her put all her efforts into winning again.
      Wilma became a big runner who challenged and faced many people in running. She became the fastest woman in the world, and she won many gold medals
       In conclusion, it is Wilma’s determination and persistence that helped her face life and achieve her goals. As such, people should be aware of the importance of self-confidence, determination, perseverance, and strong will in achieving success in life, tackling and overcoming obstacles and hindrances, and strengthening them so as to no longer be vulnerable to criticism and discrimination.
                                                                                 Done by: Kassem Ayyash 2012-2013

Topic 2: “Where  there’s a will, there’s a way.” is a saying that refers to the importance of will, determination, and perseverance in aiming at goals and achieving them and facing any obstacle or hindrance that might face one throughout his life. Write a well-structured essay in which you elaborate this through someone who proved this to be true.

Sample 1:                                               Benjamin Franklin          
      Where  there's a will, there's a way. This is how a person can attain a prosperous life. It is through determination, strong will, and perseverance, which are the main elements in achieving success that one can seek and achieve. Benjamin Franklin is one of those persons who worked hard to have what he owes to.
        Benjamin Franklin, through hard work and perseverance, transformed himself into a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, writer, and scientist. Franklin’s contributions and ideas significantly encouraged major progress in the development of his country and improvements that continue to affect society. He showed that with a strong desire and honest and hard work anything is possible. Unlike most politicians, he was a common person. He is also a hero in that he symbolizes hope and possibilities for many Americans. However, Franklin was not a perfect human being, and for that reason, some believe that his face should not grace the $100 bill. His legacy is undeniably a major part in history and as one of the key “founding fathers” to his society.
Franklin moved from Boston to Philadelphia in search of a better place to stay and for his exploration. He is known for going “from rags to riches” from achieving many jobs and contributing to the colonies as a way to give back to the community. He became the first person to open a public library in Philadelphia in hopes of helping more people to educate themselves. Later, he established a fire company, developed a hospital and many useful things that are still with us today.
     In my opinion, Franklin was a man of his time. So I believe it’s hypocritical to suggest that Franklin should no longer be on the bill but his many positive contributions and will more than make up for his human shortcomings.
                                                                                            Done by: Reem Daher 2011-2012

Topic 3: They say that self-confidence is a must for a life full of achievements, success, and wellbeing, yet excessive self-confidence could have devastating effects. Write a well-structured essay in which you discuss the advantages of self-confidence.

Sample 1:

    “Perseverance is great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” This quote asserts and alludes that perseverance is critical and vital in one’s attempt to attain a thriving and flourishing life. However, perseverance cannot be achieved unless one is armed with self-confidence. Self-esteem is essential since it assists in achieving goals, strengthens one against mockery and discrimination, and aids one while countering and combating adversities and predicaments.

    To begin with, one of the major reasons why self-confidence is vital in one’s life is that it assists in achieving goals. It goes without saying that self-assurance gives one the surge to pursue and seek his aims and dreams, for unless one believes in his potentials and capability to attain whatever he aims for, he will not have the courage and will to claim them. Moreover, self-confidence urges one to persevere and persist. Triumph doesn’t come easily; its path is often bumpy. As such, one would come across some hindrances that might impede and foil his progress. As long as one is armed with self-esteem and has faith in his ability to reach his ultimate goals eventually, these adversities won’t prevail since he would persevere and strive till he surmounts these obstacles.

    Another reason why self-confidence is important is that it strengthens one against mockery and discrimination. Self-assurance makes one hold his ground and stand up for himself. In order to defend oneself against segregation or apartheid and scornful or disparaging attitudes from friends and society members, one should exploit his self-confidence and his belief in himself and what he is truly made of, for as the saying goes, “Man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with. A man is what he makes of himself.” As such, one would persist till he proves them wrong and overcome their prejudices. In addition to that, self-esteem helps one face mockery in an aloof and indifferent manner. For instance, it is rather arduous to provoke, infuriate and aggravate a person who believes in himself and what he truly is. This type of people would never pick up the gauntlet, start a fray or quarrel, commit rash, ludicrous and idiotic behavior, or whine and weep when mocked.

    Furthermore, self-confidence is vital and highly significant since it aids one while facing predicaments and obstacles. To begin with, it boosts one’s belief in his ability to combat and counter obstacles without yielding or giving up, for unless one has faith in himself and his capacities or capabilities, he will not be able to fight and surmount adversities and mishaps that might try to hinder his progress in life. Once one believes in his ability to overcome any obstacle be it physical, mental, financial or emotional, his self-esteem will urge him and instigate his desire to fight back rather than give up and yield. It would force him to strive to overcome his dilemmas and reach a more thriving, flourishing and fruitful life, for he’d be aware of the fact that a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. A good example to that is Nick Vujicic, a limbless man, who overcame his physical disability, pursued his higher education, graduated, established his own motivational organization, and built himself a jovial marital life.

    As a conclusion, self-confidence is a cornerstone in one’s attempt to weave himself a thriving future, a promising life, and an everlastingly ecstatic and triumphant existence because it aids one while trying to achieve goals, fortifies one against mockery and inequity and helps one while countering predicaments and mishaps. As such, one should embrace self-esteem as though his whole existence depends on it.

Miss Batoul Saad and students of Grade 9 J


Sample 2:


        “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.” This quote asserts and implies that a person cannot just give up and concede for one chasm and gap that would impede and hinder the long risqué and appalling road, but he should surmount and tackle to achieve what he aims for by clutching to self-confidence and assurance. As such, self-confidence is important in one’s life since it stimulates him to strive to achieve his goals, strengthens him against criticism, and enables him to believe in himself and tackle obstacles.

      To begin with, one of the innumerable advantages of self-confidence is that it stimulates people to strive and persevere to achieve their goals and aims in life. Self-assurance motivates and encourages a person to persist in order to approach his target in life and what he aims for in the future. For example, when a person has enough self-assurance and self-confidence, he will persevere and strive in order to approach every star he’s working to attain.
      “Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember - the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” is a quote that shows another importance for self-assurance that is strengthening people against criticism, mockery, discrimination, segregation, apartheid, and inequality. People tend to infuriate and provoke each other through criticizing and mocking each other, but this would only work with cowards and people with low self-confidence and self-esteem. As such, the more a person is self-confident, the less he’s likely to be provoked by some rascals.
      Moreover, self-confidence enables one to believe in himself and tackle obstacles. This means that self-confidence permits one to prevail and conquer any dilemma that would stand in his way to triumph. For instance, the more a person has self-confidence, the more he’s capable of surmounting and overcoming the calamity that stands in his path.
       As a conclusion, one should clutch to self-confidence and self-assurance to achieve opulence in his life, confront criticism, segregation, mockery, inequality, and dilemmas and strive and persevere to achieve whatever he aims for in life.
                                           Done by: Ali Shoeab       Grade 9 “A” 2013-2014

Topic 4: They say that self-confidence is a must for a life full of achievements, success, and wellbeing, yet excessive self-confidence could have devastating effects. Write a well-structured essay in which you discuss the advantages and drawbacks of self-confidence.

Sample 1: Note (OFF THE NET)
                                SELF-ESTEEM'S ADVANTAGES AND DRAWBACKS
      Whoever will carefully study the matter will agree that a moderate amount of self-esteem is a great aid to success in the present life. It gives self-confidence in respect to all of life's affairs, great and small. It impels its possessor to do and to dare to the full extent of his ability--if caution be lacking it may lead on to disastrous folly. But the lack of self-confidence, self-esteem, has held back thousands who otherwise might have been brilliant leaders in the path of progress. Self-confidence embodies various advantages including being resilient, happy, self-assured, respectful, motivated, and lovable.
       First advantage of having self-confidence is becoming resilient. One gains that ability to bounce back from situations that have been difficult to deal with in the past. One also learns from his or her mistakes and re-approaches the situation with more learning and confidence. One would also learn to seek reflection rather than jumping for rash and idiotic or ludicrous reactions.
       People with self-confidence also become happy. Isn't this what we are all looking for? To be happy in life and project a vibrating sense of joy and charisma? Once a person radiates a wonderful sense of happiness people will flock around him as someone who brights up the world wherever he goes.
       In addition to resilience and happiness, one would become self-assured. Nothing will ever stop such a person from standing his or her ground and protecting his or her loved ones with a powerful self-assurance that is unshakable. Self-assurance isn't only useful when one is in confrontational situations, but is also very handy when one needs to take the lead in a social project or challenge. People will eventually look up to him/her as someone to follow as a leader.
      A person with self-confidence would also become respectful to others. Once a person succeeds in having a healthy self-esteem, he’d start to respect himself and his emotions. With this new skill, this person would be able to respect others also. Respecting yourself is knowing how to respect others and with this self-esteem as a trait, one would gain people’s respect and confidence whenever they feel down. One would also be able to rely on himself if he ever feels down.
     Moreover, a person with high self-confidence would certainly become motivated to achieve his goals. A person’s goals and dreams in life are undoubtedly very important to him. They are a part of him and signify his ability to grow and achieve as a human being. With core self-esteem one is able to unleash his personal power and drive himself to manifest the life he desires. Everyone deserves to live the life his dreams, and with healthy self-esteem one is able to make his dreams come true with unstoppable confidence.
     Furthermore, anyone with self-confidence would become lovable and feel loved by himself. One of the most important traits of self-esteem is feeling love and one’s ability to spread love to others. Love is probably the most powerful force on the planet. Love stops wars, love creates children, love causes people to get married and love brings people together. One has this untapped power within himself right now.
     In conclusion, self-esteem is so important to keep a healthy balanced life-style. With healthy self-esteem one becomes the ruler of his life and the dictator of his daily success. One should maintain his self-confidence and believe in himself since any deficiency in self-confidence would lead to a lack of self-appreciation which is perilous since one is treated according to his estimate of himself as expressed in his acts and looks, all of which reflect unconsciously his mental picture of himself. It may also surprise some to learn that lack of self-confidence affects physical health as well as morals. Physiologists are agreed that the mind has much to do with the operation of all the human functions. The man deficient in self-esteem not only feels mean in respect to other affairs of life, but he lacks physical tone, snap, energy, so necessary to our best success in any avenue of life. Wisely, therefore, physicians and philosophers are advising people to hold up their heads; not to become discouraged. However, having pointed out some of the advantages of reasonable self-confidence one should beware the disadvantages of over-confidence--too great self-esteem including arrogance, pride, and snobbishness, which are disgusting and continually interfere with the progress of the unfortunate possessor. Those with over-confidence never learn except by bitter experiences, because they always think they know best.

Theme 3: Mysteries and Supernatural Powers

Topic 1:
Some might face things that are hard to fathom or justify through reason and science. Write a well-structured personal narrative essay in which you discuss something supernatural or eerie that you once witnessed and scared you out of your wits.

Sample 1:                                                                 Fathom That

     What happened to me had not happened to any other human being in this world. What happened to me really astounded and amazed me to the extent that I can't remember what frankly happened, but I know it was frightening.
     In 1999, specifically on the 31st of October, on Halloween night, everyone was so excited about this night and I was too, but I had work up to my ears, so I couldn't celebrate it with them.
I stayed in my home that night, working and thinking what would’ve happened had I gone out with them, after all, it is Halloween night, when all of a sudden I heard a spooky voice coming from the living room.
     I didn’t care much because I thought it was the wind. But it didn’t stop there. No, it continued till I heard a door being locked so I went down to check what was going on but nothing really had appeared.
     I thought I was hallucinating when I saw what was more likely to be something coming out from a mist outside and approaching me, so I immediately locked the door and went upstairs, but the door opened by itself!
      At that moment, I was scared out of my wits. I was frightened so much that I literally froze. My body temperature decreased from 37o till 30o and that was horrifying. Then, I fell at the floor unconsciously.
     What I saw over my head while I was on the floor was not a human. It was an extraterrestrial creature that had a circled head, one eye, 2 tongues and two antennas, so I fainted directly.
    The next day, I woke up and I didn't remember anything from the other night. I want to know what happened that night, I want to fathom it, but no one could explain what had actually happened back then.

Sample 2:                                                            B-MARRY
       “Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise” is a quote that defines mystery as a baffling, odd, curious and bewildering issue that cannot be deciphered or fathomed. Mysteries vary between witnessing UFOs, hearing stories of the devil triangle and extraterrestrial creatures like ghosts, vampires, and zombies. However, nothing is considered more harrowing, scary and freakish than seeing your friend die in front of you thanks to the mysterious and eerie rituals done to summon the so cold “BLOODY MARRY”.
       It was Friday the thirteenth, which was announced as the day of slaughtering Marry, a.k.a. “BLOODY MARRY “. Her story was widely spread in the school. Some supported the idea while others rejected it, and those were my friends. They believed that souls cannot move after the death of the body. Those who believed insisted on trying it. It was said that if Mary appears carrying a baby, you’d be forgiven. But if she appeared holding a knife, then you are perished and slaughtered.
     The moment Suzan decided to try it, we gathered at her place waiting on pins and needles to see the results. The clock announced 12:00 am, and that’s when Suzan entered the bathroom. She turned off the light, lit six candles, and wrote with red lipstick on the mirror “6 6 6”. She started repeating the word “BLOODY MARRY, BLOODY MARRY, BLOOD MARRY…” We felt relaxed since the candles were still on until, out of a sudden, the candles turned off!
       We felt our sweat dripping. Blood flowed crazily through our vein, and our hearts started pounding riotously and uncontrollably. We heard Suzan screaming and knocking on the door. When we rushed there, the door was locked and there was complete silence. We pounded and knocked harshly on the door until it opened slowly. That’s when we saw it.
      We saw Suzan’s head in the sink and her body tied to the wall. Continuous shrieks and yells were heard. We called the ambulance and the police station. The following day, news papers announced her death, hiding and concealing how harsh, cruel and painful her death was.
     Eventually, people started believing in some mysteries while some other mysteries still post a big fat question mark. After all they are still mysteries, meant to baffle us, puzzle us and trigger our sense of curiosity. As said by Charles De Lint, “Without mysteries life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything was known?”
                                                        Done by Razan Kashmar and her group in grade 9 “A” 2012-2013

Sample 3:                                                            UFO’S
      Have you ever seen an unidentified flying object, and had the curiosity to know what it was? Have you ever had the sense of fear of observing an extraterrestrial object? This was what I witnessed when I went to the farm. I used to hear about UFOs, but last summer, I believed that they might actually be true.
      Last summer I went to the farm with my brother. We were planning to stay there for a couple of days. It was almost dark and rumor has it that weird creatures arrive at night. We went to sleep in the upper floor. We laid on the bed trying to sleep, but what kept us awake is a beam of light floating on the wall. We looked out the window and witnessed the unidentified flying object, the thing that baffled us. We went downstairs and out of the house it was a UFO; could be an alien’s ship. It landed in front of us and opened its door. We ran inside and hid under the bed. We felt them entering and searching the house. We saw them from the mirror facing us. They were grey colored with tall feet and short hands, but we couldn’t see their faces.
       Suddenly, we heard my grandparents screaming. They kidnapped them, but we followed them and entered the big spaceship. We were aiming at returning our grandparents and going back home before the aliens realize. But what happened is that they closed the door directly, and we were trapped in this eerie flying saucer.
       That scared us out our wits, so we started desperately searching and looking around for an exit as well as our grandparents. What made us last inside is our goal which is saving my grandparents. We faced some creatures, so we hid again because we weren’t brave enough. After hearing screams, we found them. However, our next dilemma was finding an exit to flee this entrapment. Finally, we found it, but one problem stopped us from fleeing which is the fact that we were flying in midair.
        We looked for something to jump in, but what we found is a bunch of armed aliens trying to shoot us. I found a big blanket that we jumped with. While we were flying in the sky, they started shooting at us and hit this blanket that saved us. It was torn and we started falling down. We were screaming and shrieking as we were rapidly approaching our planet, earth, and when we were about to crash, I woke up and started breathing heavily. My brother asked me about what had happened. When I told him about my dream, he started laughing. But I stared at him, and what I found was a bloody scar on his neck which made me think, “Was it really a dream?”
        Anyhow, mysteries are concepts that baffle us and arouse our curiosity, but at the same time, they are not based on means of science or logic which is constantly trying to rationalize them. That’s why one should think long before believing in such things because they’d lead to one thing, nightmares.
                                      Done by Mohamad Abbas and his group in grade 9 “A” 2012-2013
Sample 4:                                                             Vampires
         When people’s intellectual strength stops, superstitions begin. Due to various movies and stories, vampires who originate from bats are taking all over the world. Nowadays people panic whenever they hear about vampires because some mysteries imply that vampires suck people’s blood to get their vitality, power, and energy. People are divided into two groups, some who believe in vampires and the others don’t since it’s not scientifically proven. I thought I was one of the second group but then, a story I heard changed my thoughts and reshaped my way of viewing things.
   On Halloween, while I was celebrating with my friends, my best friend decided to tell us an interesting story about vampires with a spooky voice.
   I can still recall her voice as she was saying, “Vampires are dead bodies who live in graves and appear after midnight to suck blood out of living people, but mostly appear at Halloween. One day, a school arranged a trip to an old village. There they had issues with their flat tire, so they were trapped there until they could fix their deflated wheel. Suddenly, they heard a scary voice. They started screaming when they saw a bunch of vampires approaching them. Eventually, they all perished except for the bus driver who ran away with the bus and became a resident at a local asylum.”
   While she was telling us the story I felt odd, eerie, puzzled, and baffled since the story was so harrowing and vague. Least to say, it scared me out of my wits. In a minute, I became a superstitious person. Fortunately my friend was joking just to scare us and her talk was mere babble.
     In conclusion, illiterate and weak minded people can be a prey for superstitions and baffling stories of mysteries. Since mysteries and superstitions are still not scientifically proven, they will stay mysterious, puzzling and irrational.
                                                          Done by: Serena Nasser and her group in grade 9 “A” 2012-2013
Sample 5:                                                          The Mystery of Jinni
        “Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?” is a quote that highlights and alludes that mysteries are part of our cultural heritage and essence of life. They are what spice things up and trigger our intellectual abilities. What is important here is that mysteries are not always what trigger our intellectual abilities but what sometimes cause our death. It was that day when two of my friends wanted to know what a jinni is and whether it is true or not, that I became aware of the dangers of diving into the unknown.
            Well that day came, the day we would never forget. We met at the evening nearby our target, what they called “The Haunted House”. It was also said that anyone who enters the house would never come back. It was awkward that my friends had the courage to go in, but I didn’t. I was bewildered just thinking about it.
             My friends entered inside, and I decided to wait for them around. While waiting, I heard a freaking and abnormal sound from that house. I felt scared and slowly approached the door. Suddenly, I saw a devilish face looking out the window. I was frightened and ran frantically to the fence’s door. I tried to open it, but it was locked. I decided to climb the fence. While climbing it, I felt a hand stingingly holding onto my leg. I jumped to the road and ran heatedly to my house thinking witlessly about what might have happened with my friends.
              I woke up the next day still worried. When I arrived to school, I noticed the absence of my friends. When I got back home, I turned on the TV and changed to the news channel where they were reporting the missing teams who happened to be my friends.
               Up to this day, whenever I hear about my last Friday, I feel afraid and start wondering what would have happened to me if I had entered that house.
                                                   Done by: A Group of Grade 9 “A” students/Dana Farhat’s 2012-2013

   Sample 6:                                                          UFO's
      Have you ever seen an alien and took a minute to ask yourself, “Am I hallucinating? Is it real or a delusion? Where is it from?” Have you ever imagined how it would be to witness such a thing? Nothing is more mysterious, puzzling and bewildering than seeing a UFO on the ground.

        Last year was one of the weirdest years of my life. I came across many weird people, objects and situations, until it was October 31st, and I was shopping for a Halloween costume in order to attend my school's Halloween party. I was so confused concerning what I wanted to be, a vampire, a princess, or a zombie. But then it hit me, "What about a creature from another planet like an alien?"

        My friends and I began to dress up for the party and they started telling scary stories when they saw my costume. Maya said that there was a boy that she has seen several times in school and that he is from Mars. I laughed at her and said, "Really Maya? And pigs can fly ". She replied, “Where do you think vampire, zombie, and alien stories come from?" And that's when I stood up for a good 10 minutes thinking about what she said and that she might be right.

      I remembered the day I bumped into a green boy who was eating a cockroach. Now, at that moment I thought it was one of those gummy worms but it was moving and purple goo and sludge was splattering out of his mouth. I asked him what his name was, but he just stared at me gazing at my costume. I asked again and still no reaction. As i was turning around to leave, I heard him scream. It was more like a sound that results from waves around.

       When I got home, I kept on thinking if Maya's story was true or not. I never knew if he/it was wearing a costume, or he was really from another planet. Do UFOs and aliens exist? I still question it till this day and hope to find the truth behind this shady world.

                                                                 Done by: Tala Suheil’s group in grade 9 “A” 2012-2013
Sample 7 :                                                      Whatchamacallit

     Have you ever seen a zombie and taken a moment to ask yourself, “Am I hallucinating? Am I getting crazy? Am I seeing delusions?” Have you ever thought of how you are going to react upon seeing some? Will you pass out? Nothing is considered bizarre compared to witnessing a zombie with your naked eye, and I was one of the unfortunate people who encountered it.

    Last month was the weirdest month I’ve ever had, and most probably, the weirdest month I’ll ever have. It was a summer night, and my cousins and I were sleeping at grandpa’s house when we decided to go on a walk to the graveyard at 12:49. It was the dumbest decision I’ve ever taken. I thought I can set them up and see their eyes, out of horror, popping out.

     While we were walking, I hid behind my cousins and then ran silently on toes to the graveyard to start my spookiest hoax ever. I stood behind a grave, but before I could start my trick, reality played its prank on me. The grave I was hiding behind was opened and contained nothing.

     I wasn’t really scared out of my wits, but my wits were scared out of me and my heart tore my ribs to get out of this scary place, but all I could do at that moment was freeze in my place. And then, I heard a “wooo” sound strolling out of the trees and coming closer. Promptly, fear built me wings to flee for my life. I eloped away till I approached my cousins with a white-raised hair and shrieked with cries interrupting every letter that sled down my lips, “look! It is a zombie! I swear!”, but no one was able to ratify my hallucination as they called it. And then again, I saw an enormous and eerie shadow walking slowly, but immediately disappeared.

      After my eyes popped out in awe, and I passed out for a couple of hours till my eldest cousin woke me up and took me hand in hand to the graveyard, but nothing was there. As such, he accused me of hallucinating because there wasn’t an opened grave.

      Although some said that what I saw was delusions and zombies are fallacies, I saw what I saw, and I can’t accuse my eyes of lying, for that incident still passes in front of my eyes and makes my blood race wildly inside my veins, but I still can’t fathom that whatchamacallit creature.

                                                                                            Done by: Ali Shoeab Grade 9 “A” 2013-2014

Sample 8:                                                  A Spooky Incident     

        “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived”. This is a quote that implies and asserts that life is a mystery full of baffling, odd, and eerie incidents that can’t be interpreted, fathomed, decoded, or discerned through scientific knowledge. I can never forget that spooky and scary incident that I once witnessed with my cousins in the village.

       One day, my family, my cousins, and I decided to go to the village in order to spend the weekend there. We were so happy, jovial, and ecstatic. Then, our parents were invited to a wedding, so we stayed alone in the house. We started to chit chat, laugh, and talk with each other without knowing what is awaiting us.

        Suddenly, we heard a strange, odd, and weird cracking sound upstairs. At the beginning, we didn’t take it into consideration. But then, this mysterious sound became louder and louder which frightened, bewildered, and astonished us, so we had a nervous breakdown. Unpredictably, the electricity was gone what made us shriek and yell loudly. We were stunned, amazed, and fascinated. Our blood rushed rapidly through our veins, and our hearts were beating in our ears.

        Afterwards, we rushed horrendously outside the house and saved our skin. We directly looked at the window and witnessed a circular white light moving from one room into another. All of us were standing with open mouths and popping eyes, and one of my cousins fainted and passed out. I was horrified, petrified, and confused. Then, we called our parents and told them to come rapidly. Finally, our parents came and knew the entire bizarre story. They entered all the rooms but didn’t witness anything mysterious.

        After this incident, I realized and concluded that life is full of mysterious, baffling, and unsolved things, and this incident became a deeply rooted image in my memory.

                                                          Done by: Ghiwa Soufan Grade 9 “A” 2013-2014

Sample 9:                                       Watch Out for the Mummy

       "Mysteries create wonder, and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand” is a quote that defines a mystery as a puzzling and perplexing issue that cannot be fathomed, cracked, and interpreted. It's interesting to talk about such things, but what's terrifying is the fact that you might encounter it. It all happened that ill-fated day in summer when my friends and I decided to visit the museum to look for some Mummies.

       As we entered the museum, we read the following adage atop the entrance, "Don’t have the strength to look into a mummy’s eyes after 8:00 sharp, for if you do you'll fall into the hands of a mummy." As we entered the museum, my heart started beating fast as if this horrifying story established an eerie atmosphere right from the beginning.

       Time passed fast, and the hours rushed through, but we didn't notice. The museum was locked and all the employees had gone home. However, soon screams hovered in the air making the presence of the mummy felt and giving our spine a shrill pricking. My chest was heavy. I found it hard to breathe while my whole body was shaking with fear. The idea of looking in the mummy’s eyes frightened the hell out of me and scared me out of my wits.

       As soon as the room got darker, the hair-raising scene of the mummy didn't leave my thoughts and gave me the itchy feeling about the ways I might end up falling in the hands of the mummy.


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