Emira Hossain is 9 years old, a fourth-grader at Centerville Elementary School. This fall, in response to a school assignment, Emira did something new, a hand map assignment that required her to traced her hand and write different emotions on each finger — gratefulness, love, happiness, fear and nervous(ness). Around each finger, she wrote events that reminded her of those emotions.
“[Our teacher] said to brainstorm some ideas of something you have experienced,” Emira said. “I wrote down a feeling, and then I thought of memories that go with that feeling.”
As part of the assignment, Emira wrote a paragraph in response to the hand map experience:
“Using a hand map about emotions helped me because when I wrote ideas, it helped me choose what to write about. The ideas were already there. Also the characteristics helped me because I knew some words that were different that I could use in my story,” she wrote in clear, cursive handwriting.
From that exercise, Emira decided on a topic to write about — her baby sister’s return from the hospital.
“I experienced [happiness] when my baby sister came from the hospital. She was born in 2005,” Emira said, adding that one of her favorite things to do is spend time with her little sister.
Emira shares her happiness essay with us here, a short memoir of her thoughts and emotions as she became a big sister.
When not at Centerville, Emira said she enjoys riding her bike, jumping rope or drawing pictures at her Villages of Urbana home. Also, Emira finds time to write down stories.
“Writing is something that is really fun to do because you can usually write about anything,” she said. Emira added that when she grows up, she still wants to be writing.
“When I grow up, I am not really sure but I would still like to be writing when I grow up. I like to write about a lot of stuff,” she said.
— By Bethany E. Starin
Emira’s Fall Writing Assignment
By Emira Hossain
On October 3, 2005, it was one of the happiest days of my life!
I was waiting for the moment but finally, my sister came home! Before my parents brought her from the hospital, I had to stay at my aunt’s house. I was very excited and my mom talked to me about how I was going to be a big sister. Also about how my responsibilities were growing.
She read a book called “Za Za’s Baby Brother.” It’s about a zebra who was going to be a brother. When my sister came I was so excited like I was going to explode. I was not jealous either and that’s why I was so glad to have a little sister with me. I love her too.