Bryana's Writing Portfolio
During our poetry unit, we had the privilege to collaborate with graphic design students from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Each graphic designer set out to design forms and distribute our poems in unique ways that addressed the central message of each poem. Below you can see my poem’s design by Avery. Enjoy!
As a class we recently finished reading the Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor. This book tells the story of a Black family during the 1950’s during the civil rights movement. These diaries were written by students from the perspective of one member of this family, either ‘lois, the youngest daughter, father, or mother as the family faces discrimination, segregation, and racism.
THE DAY OF THE SURPRISE
When I opened the door to my parents room, since my dad was out, my mom said to me, “Happy birthday princesa ” that means princess in spanish. So on that day I just visioned eating cake and then that's it because my mom told me that we were just eating cake for my birthday.
So after a few minutes when we finally got up we got mail and in the box was a baner inside but at first I thought it was something else like a tablecloth or a rug something like that and then that is when my mom told me, “ We are going to have a party but only our family is coming “. I wanted to do 100,000,000 cartwheels and land in a split that is how I felt after she told me about the party. I did that because she just told me that we were going to have cake.
So the whole morning we cleaned and put up decorations but I helped because my aunt came and helped us and she brought balloons so I helped her blow them up so then my grandma came because earlier she had come but then she had to go to the salon to do her hair so then when she got back a few minutes later my grandma called my uncle and asked, “when are you coming “ in spanish and he said, “We are not coming “ in spanish but then my grandma said, “Why I thought you were going to bring the dog,” she said because That day before my dad went to get the dog and when he got here with the dog my second oldest cousin his name is Matthew started to cry because he had wanted one ever since they moved and they called him Spot so when they FINALLY arrived my uncle did not because he was working. The dog came inside his carseat that my oldest cousin was holding and the owners are my cousins and my dad just bought the dog. So when I saw the dog it made my night because he is super cute and he is super DUPER snuggly and he IS SO SMALL and lastly he smells like dog breath. Then later on my family sang happy birthday to me but in spanish then again.
Later I got to open my birthday gifts. After that everyone left but after 11:57 my mom said, “ this is when you were born “ so when she said it I flipped my hair and I felt special. I was also very happy because I got a NINTENDO SWITCH. I wanted to sleep on a ballpit of marshmallows that is how I felt and I drank hot chocolate milk because why not and it tastes better and at that time I knew when I was born and I would never forget that night because of that I fell asleep in an instant.
Hello family’s and friend’s my name is Bryana and this is a story about a day scary day in my life, hope you enjoy!
The Day Of The Surprise
One day I was getting ready for first grade 100th day of school ( that was my first year ) but that day I was not feeling good so I just thought it might be because I did not get enough sleep. So as my mom was doing my makeup all of a sudden I woke up on the floor! Next thing I knew was... , I woke up on the floor and I asked my mom “ What happened “ she said “ I thought you knew “ and she also said “ She ( me) turned pale then purple then blue” so by that time my mom already had called the ambulance so I started to cry because I was scared. Then she brought me to the living room and gave me water, so when the ambulance arrived so did the firefighters so as soon as we opened that door my mom rushed me to the ambulance so the the fire fighter searched our house with some searchlight. So when I got into the car they put something on my body so when we got their my mom asked “ Was it a seizure because I didn't see anything coming from her mouth so the doctor said, “ Yes it was but hers was a silent seizure”, and then he said to me “ what heart when you had the seizure so I said “ my stomach and my head so he said “ maybe it was your stomach.” So me and my mom ( because my dad was working ) stayed their almost all day I got a shot ( I was NOT happy it hurt so much and to make matters worse I had to wear it until we left ) and they did some pictures of my brain and one of my mom’s friend came to see me and later on so did my dad. So my dad was there until we left and I then got ice cream from the doctors. The doctors said I was ok so ever since I have never had a seizure but at my baby sister birthday party because my stomach was killing me but I got well because my grandma was there and she gave me some water with salt and it was GROSS but it made me feel so much better. So when we got back home everything was back to normal.