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This collection of student work is from Frank Keim's classes. He has wanted to share these works for others to use as an example of Culturally-based curriculum and documentation. These documents have been OCR-scanned. These are available for educational use only.




My Crazy Life as a Turkey
I live in a small fenced area. I have two buddies who are so boring. To make life more interesting, I bother them every time I get a chance to. We mostly end up fighting, and so far I have a lot of bald spots because of fighting. Basically, I have no hair, but I'm proud of it because it shows how many times I've been in fights. My legs are bowed, just like my mom's. I have a few feathers which are messy looking, but I'd say they're pretty because no one is truly like me. I am a very skinny turkey, which I am proud of too because my owner only kills the fat turkeys, and I am too skinny to make a profit from. I think he keeps me alive because I always entertain him, the way I'm always bothering the other turkeys. And wiithout me, the other turkeys would be very bored.

Once my owner was out late, and he accidently dropped a bottle of liquid into the grain bowl, and I slurped it all up, thinking it was some sort of medicine. But a few minutes later I felt very carefree. I finally realized that I drank liquor. Then I went over to the other turkeys and we brawled for over one hour. The next day the turkeys were bawling me out for acting big with them. Then I went to the eating area and ate so hungrily.

A few days later my buddy got shot. He was being "harvested," as they say. This was the time of the year for us to be killed. I was glad I didn't have what it took to be killed. I was a very unhealthy turkey.

Every year my buddies get killed, and I always think, "I could have been there too!" When you're a turkey, you either live a cheap life, like me, with bad characteristics, even ugly looking, or you live a short life, which is sad because you can end up on a dinner table at a party. I've chosen to live a rough life and I want to die in a turkey fight. My type of life is more interesting and exciting. Before I die I want to feel the urge to kill, the desire for victory, and the pressure of my buddies cheering me on. I don't want to die quietly and be eaten.

Being killed that way is pathetic, and only the best turkeys with beautiful feathers and rich meat die with this sadness and grief. I want my death to be inside this fence, where I cry with victory or die with defeat!


Angela Kameroff
 My Crazy Life as a Turkey
How Dog Got His Big Ears A Dog I Am A Day In The Life Of A Dog My Life Story
A HUSKY I am Too Old to Play A Dog for a Day Dream Dog
A Day For Little Legs Ever Since I was Born...


The Day My Life Ended as a Fox If I Were A Fox A Fox I Am PARANOID
Sense of Where You Are Through the Eyes of a Fox A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOX In The Life of A Fox

THROUGH THE EYES OF A TURKEY Sue the Turkey Till Death Becomes Thee Through the Eyes of a Wild Turkey
Eye of a Turkey A Turkey's Life My Crazy Life as a Turkey Through the Eyes of A Turkey

TIME FOR A CHANGE OUR LOST LAND A Killer Bee is Who I Am Killer Bees Attack Humans
A Bee I Am Channel Bee News KILLER BEES OF AMERICA Attack Of The Killer Bee's


OUR SCARY EXPERIENCE The Witch... One Cold Dark Night Freaking Out
One Scary Night… A Crazy Fishing Trip With Norma The Night Of Halloween House of Halloween



How the Chicken Got Its Name How The Ptarmigan Changed The Seasons How Moose Got Its Antlers How Dogs Started to Bark...
How the Fox Got His Red Coat How Raven Got Its Black Feathers How The Bear Lost His Tail Kidnapped Daughter
Of Wolf and Man Why Wolves Are So Big The Monkey Man Ircaqurluk: The Yupik Teacher
The Old Woman Statue How the Red Fox got its Colors The First Bear The Last of the Thunderbirds
The Bear Skin How The Raven Got Black Wolf Spots The Bear and the Two Weasles



Christmastime Tales
Stories real and imaginary about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1996
Christmastime Tales II
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1998
Christmastime Tales III
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 2000
Summer Time Tails 1992 Summertime Tails II 1993 Summertime Tails III
Summertime Tails IV Fall, 1995 Summertime Tails V Fall, 1996 Summertime Tails VI Fall, 1997
Summertime Tails VII Fall, 1999 Signs of the Times November 1996 Creative Stories From Creative Imaginations
Mustang Mind Manglers - Stories of the Far Out, the Frightening and the Fantastic 1993 Yupik Gourmet - A Book of Recipes  
M&M Monthly    
Happy Moose Hunting! September Edition 1997 Happy Easter! March/April 1998 Merry Christmas December Edition 1997
Happy Valentine’s Day! February Edition 1998 Happy Easter! March/April Edition 2000 Happy Thanksgiving Nov. Edition, 1997
Happy Halloween October 1997 Edition Edible and Useful Plants of Scammon Bay Edible Plants of Hooper Bay 1981
The Flowers of Scammon Bay Alaska Poems of Hooper Bay Scammon Bay (Upward Bound Students)
Family Trees and the Buzzy Lord It takes a Village - A guide for parents May 1997 People in Our Community
Buildings and Personalities of Marshall Marshall Village PROFILE Qigeckalleq Pellullermeng ‘A Glimpse of the Past’
Raven’s Stories Spring 1995 Bird Stories from Scammon Bay The Sea Around Us
Ellamyua - The Great Weather - Stories about the Weather Spring 1996 Moose Fire - Stories and Poems about Moose November, 1998 Bears Bees and Bald Eagles Winter 1992-1993
Fish Fire and Water - Stories about fish, global warming and the future November, 1997 Wolf Fire - Stories and Poems about Wolves Bear Fire - Stories and Poems about Bears Spring, 1992



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