MYP English Language and Literature students in Grade 8 have been studying “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck. Students have written and performed monologues in the voice of chosen characters.

Character: Juana (Seeing the pearl)

Juana: I could see the sparkle in Kino’s eyes. I could sense the anticipation. I knew something happened down there, something life-altering. However; I didn’t say anything. It drives the luck away, and at this point, luck was the only thing we needed. I watched Kino in silence as he hauled himself up on the boat.

(A pause)

That’s when I saw it. The biggest oyster that I had ever laid my eyes upon; in Kino’s hands! Kino and I locked eyes for a split second. Even though we did not speak, we were both aware of what might happen. I watched him while he started to open the much smaller oysters. All I could do was stare at the big one though, afraid of disappointment, afraid of what would be inside it. After a lot of hesitation, Kino opened the oyster and inside it was the Pearl of the World. Complete felicity overcame Kino and me when we saw it. Excitement poured out of us like sunshine through a thin, white cloth. I couldn’t tell what was glowing more: the pearl or us. 

I couldn’t help but grin from ear-to-ear. It had been a while since I had been this happy. I knew what this meant. We would be part of a more affluent society, Coyotito would have a better childhood. We would be able to take him to the doctor. This is when I hurriedly lifted the shawl that was covering Coyotito to reveal a healthy shoulder. This made my heart sing. Just like our villagers used to sing the song of joy and success. Everything was perfect and I was happy.  

by Dhanvi, Grade 8