4T Responses to the quakestories
Marymount International School, Paris


Introduction

We are 4T in Marymount School, Paris. Over the past few weeks we have been reading different accounts about the earthquake in Japan. We’ve been reading articles from Time for Kids, Time magazine and a kids’ French magazine called Actu. Our teacher read us an account written by one of the Kindergarten teachers at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. She used to be a teacher here at Marymount. When our teacher told us about quakestories, we were eager to read them. We are more excited about your stories because we think that you express how it really felt to be there. The story which made the earthquake sound almost human was really fascinating and cool. We also enjoyed The Day of the Quake. We felt that we were actually there when it happened except that if we had been there we’d have been terrified out of our minds!!! We’re not trained to know what to do during a natural disaster, but thanks to your stories you have trained us to know how to behave in such an event. It’s unlikely we’ll have an earthquake in Paris, but who’s to know?

Here are a few letters we’ve written to the authors of the stories we enjoyed. We are only 4th graders, and it was fun for us to read stories written by older kids.

Responses to the stories from Yokohama International School:
Dear Rachel,
You used personification in her story. That was very effective. Your way of telling how Japan was devastated by the earthquake was so real, it was so tangible, that I actually felt I was the earthquake. I loved your ending sentence saying how the quake was the creature who commanded Japan.
From, Noah

Dear Dan, author of Day of the Earthquake,
You were so lucky that your dad taught you how to use the navigation system on your phone. I bet you were relieved to know how to use it.
From, Anna


Dear Emily,

After I read your story, I asked myself, ‘How could you still be able to dance?’ If I were you I wouldn’t be able to stay on my two feet during such a scary event.

From, Isaure

Dear 6A English,
I enjoyed the way you combined the piano sounds and the poem. You almost freaked me out because the music sounded like a horror movie, and I guess that’s because the experience was full of horror. Kensuke in our class has experienced small tremors but we have never experienced one. Your poem helped us to really empathise with you guys.
From, Joseph

Responses to the stories from International School of the Sacred Heart
Dear Erika, author of The Earthquake,
Wow you must have been scared. We have read lots about the earthquake but we have never read a story about someone in the earthquake. It was cute when you cuddled your brother, he must have been so happy to see you.
From, Phillip

Dear Damin Kim,
I’m Japanese, and I go to school here in Paris. We felt so bad for you that your teacher dragged you back to the class when you needed to go to the bathroom so badly. Are you still scared that there might be another aftershock?
From, Kensuke

Responses to the stories from American School in Japan
Dear Mackenzie, author of My Tohoku Earthquake Experience,
That must have been horrible, especially frightening. I am very happy you are safe and ok again. If I were you, I would be screaming and freaking out. Could we ask you, if you were really brave and courageous on the outside but inside were you really scared and frightened?
From, Sandra

Marymount International, Paris, is part of the RSHM network of schools comprised of 20 member schools around the world. As a way to personalize the global experiences of the RSHM students, Marymount Paris has created an RSHM school ning. The goal for this forum is for our students to make connections with other RSHM students who may live many miles away, but who share the bond of our learning community. The students of 4T were very enthusiastic about contributing to quakestories, as they have been with then ning, which can be found at http://rshmschools.ning.com/