English, Lesson: 130.
Assignment: Write a one to two page paper on the topic described in the video. Make sure that you give a good description of the “strange item” you have found, as well as describing what tool you will make and why this would be useful to your survival.
School Book: Swiss Family Robinson.
I was walking along the beach one morning. The air was crisp and cold. The winter was coming and the scenery was changing drastically. The waves were wilder than usual and I was glad my sisters were not with me. They loved to run along the shore and I could just picture them swept away by a massive wave. I noticed a break by the surf. The water seemed to be rushing overtop of a large shape.
I rushed over to it and saw a sort of box sticking up. I tried at first to pull it up out of the sand using my bare hands and bodily strength. I was not strong enough so I went to fetch my father and sisters to help. First marking in the sand with rocks and branches where the strange thing was. Making sure it was far enough above the waves that they would not carry the marker away.
My sisters were fighting when I returned to our makeshift home. My youngest sister had taken a leaf of unusual color and shape away from my second youngest. I called out that I had found something and they both ran to see what it was. My father emerged from the small outcropping under which we kept house. He asked what I had found and my sisters asked where it was. I told them that it was on the beach and to hurry quickly and come help pull it out of the waves. My father picked up some nearby rope and quickly followed.
When we arrived at the beach I quickly found my marker and we hurried down the bank to see if we could still find it. My sisters were told to stay back as the waves were wild and we were afraid of undertow. My father saw it first and called out to me to come and help. We tried pulling it out together but it weighed too much. So we tied the rope around it and went back up to my sisters and used leverage. All of us together managed to move it up the beach and far enough away from the waves for us to see its entire length and shape.
It seemed to be a cabinet of some sorts and was full of sand. That was the reason we could not pull it up easily. It was 7 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It seemed about 2 feet deep and one of the doors was broken off of it. It was blue in color and quite well made. It had a shelf at one end that was about 1 foot tall. It was sturdy and looked as though it had come from the captain’s quarters of our ship.
We emptied out the sand and dragged it back to our living space. It was too tall to fit under where we slept so we decided to place it near the entry of our home for the time being. We then went to sleep after a short meal and prayer.
When we awoke the next morning we fed the animals we had obtained and set about finding a use for the cabinet. We had yet to build walls for the shelter we lived under and we decided that the lone cabinet door would work nicely as a door for us.
We went into the forest and chopped down some small trees, about 100 in all. Then we placed them around the outcropping making a wall of sorts leaving enough space for the door to fit. We tied them together with rope and smeared tree sap on them to make them water proof. We then cut holes for windows leaving the parts left over to form windows with. We attached the door with some nails and the hinges that came with it to one of the trees.
The cabinet we decided would work well as a bed for my sisters since it was too short for me or my father to use. So, we drug it into our home and set it against the wall of stone. We then took the bedding that they were using and made the cabinet up with their heads at one end and the part of the cabinet with a shelf as storage for our things. It served us quite well.
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