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Subject Stars: Year 8 English

By Ella and Isaac

Recently, Ms Meddle asked 8 Morrison to write a diary entry from the point of view of John Snow—a 19th century physician who helped stop the spread of Cholera—in order to expand their contextual knowledge of Victorian London. However, out of all their amazing work, one stood out the most.

Ms. Meddle chose to share Lorenzzo’s work because of its realistic take on the events and their precise, specialist vocabulary. She said: “This work was chosen to be shared through The Bark for the convincing voice [Lorenzzo] takes on in [his] diary entry... [Lorenzzo] recreates Snow’s voice with impressive technical detail.”

We both think the work shows Lorenzzo’s amazing creativity and authorial promise. Great job Lorenzzo, from all of us here at The Bark!

Lorenzzo’s work:

Dear Diary,

It was a cold 1850’s morning when I noticed something rather strange about Soho, central London. An outbreak of Cholera had emerged in this area, which did not seem peculiar at first glance. However, I couldn’t help but notice the patterns I began to discover. Not to mention, it was no surprise this had happened. The area was extremely unhygienic, and the water pumps contained a dreadful smell. My instinct told me I must investigate this, so I did.

I interviewed individuals around the area and began questioning the anomalies. All clues led me back to Broad Street, which seemed to be the most popular water well. I proceeded by asking people why it was that Broad Street was the most favourable pump in the area. It turns out that most people simply preferred the taste of the water.

On the other hand, some reported that their children went to schools nearby and had fetched some water on their way home, from the very same water from Broad Street. After I had collected the evidence necessary, it was clear that the deaths caused by the Cholera outbreak were in fact due to the Broad Street pump. It was clear that action was needed. So, I wrote an emergency warning to inform about the tragic events that had caused so many causalities. In the end, the pump was closed and people no longer had to suffer.

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