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Writing Exercise #9

It was clear to see he was a thug.

“He ain’t look like to thug to me.” Anna walked around to stand behind Robert’s computer. “I mean, look at him, I could take him.”

“Robert,” Anna let out an exasperated sigh, “you are supposed to be looking up pictures about what you want to be when you grow up.”

He looked up at her, “I was. I typed in thug. See.” He pointed at the search box on his screen. He had typed ‘thuge’ and Google had done a search instead for ‘thuggee’.

“First off thug isn’t spelled with an ‘e’.  Second, that is not a viable career option in either spelling.”

“Ms. Anderson, I have a question.” Anna looked up to see Robert’s hand in the air waving widly.

“Robert you don’t have to call out, just raise your hand.”  Anna made her way over to his computer station.  He now had the Wikipedia article up for Thug Behram, the man whose picture he had criticized   a few minutes earlier.

“Robert I said” Anna started but was quickly cut off by him.

“I know, but I wanted to know what a thuggee was and it took me to this page to this guy who is King of the Thugs.” Anna wanted to get mad at him, but the child was researching and not just playing games on the computer.

“Do you remember where you are supposed to look for information to do research?”  Robert looked at Anna like she was stupid as he held up his folder. “Follow those instructions and instead of writing your paper on what you want to be when you grow up you can write your paper on the Thuggee cult.  All the same rules apply to this paper as to the other one.”

“I can do that.”


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