As a kid of a military family, I moved a lot. I mostly went to 1 with other kids whose parents were also in the military. But when my dad 2 from the Marines after twenty years of service, I found myself 3 a school with twelve-year-olds who shared no similar life experience with me.
I was a stranger in a strange land. Everyone in my class had grown up together, and they had no room to 4 for a newcomer. I wore different clothes, had different thoughts, and spoke with an accent. I 5 for the first few weeks of school. I had no friends and no 6 of a bright future. To deal with it, I began 7 in my diary every day-stories of adventure, of feelings that I couldn’t speak out. I wrote as if my life depended on it, as if the very next breath I took could not happen 8 I wrote down the words.
One day, my teacher, Mrs. Bush, came to ask me why I always sat there alone. I told her I 9 writing to playing. She smiled at me and walked away. About three weeks later, she gave us a writing assignment. I was 10 that I could now participate in something I knew I excelled in.
That night I worked on the essay. I wrote with great 11 . It was my only chance to feel important and 12 by the class.
A few days later, Mrs. Bush called me up to the 13 of the classroom. I stood before thirty pairs of eyes looking at me, and I got 14 . Was I in trouble? Then Mrs. Bush told the class how much she 15 all the work that went into the essay and everyone had done a great job. But, she said, one student stood 16 as an excellent writer, one with imagination, creativity, and word mastery. That student was me!
The class clapped and Mrs. Bush handed me my paper, with the following 17 on it: “Malinda. you fill your paper with the breathing of your heart. Please keep on writing and share your 18 writing with the world. I am glad you are in my class.”
Mrs. Bush helped me feel a sense of 19 and offered me a way to survive in life. She helped me gain 20 in myself that stayed with me beyond sixth grade.
1.A.church B.war C.school D.work
2.A.separated B.fired C.resigned D.retired
3.A.visiting B.attending C.running D.leaving
4.A.build B.take C.possess D.spare
5.A.survived B.exercised C.struggled D.played
6.A.promise B.memory C.control D.need
7.A.reading B.writing C.copying D.drawing
8.A.once B.while C.after D.unless
9.A.compared B.turned C.preferred D.applied
10.A.excited B.awkward C.astonished D.satisfied
11.A.anxiety B.passion C.curiosity D.wonder
12.A.impressed B.envied C.challenged D.accepted
13.A.front B.outside C.door D.corner
14.A.annoyed B.worried C.disappointed D.surprised
15.A.appreciated B.realized C.recognized D.assessed
16.A.up B.off C.by D.out
17.A.descriptions B.suggestions C.remarks D.accounts
18.A.advantage B.gift C.purpose D.strength
19.A.responsibility B.relief C.belonging D.devotion
20.A.confidence B.interest C.imagination D.creativity