Example, I have a fifth grade class of 10 boys and 6 girls. They had to write an essay with the topic "If I was a(n) ______________".
Here are some stats:
If I was a ninja (x4)
If I was a killer (x2)
If I was a robot
If I was a super alien monster robot
If I was a warrior
If I was a Jedi Lord
If I was a police man
If I was a cat
If I was an adult
If I was a doctor
If I was a movie star
If I was Hello Kitty
The girls' papers were sweet and involved saying who their best friends were and what best friends do together, crossed over into bunny rabbits, kittens and sharing snacks, while the boys' were fraught with killing, bombs, guts, destruction and poo. Too many video games if you ask me.
Here are two examples, one from a boy and one from a girl in my class. I'm sure you can guess which is which...(Grammar and spelling not corrected, typing as written)
If I was a killer, I will kill many people. 10 years pass, I will be legend killer. All people in the city will die. I will shoot, I will cut, I will kick, I will punch, I will slam, I will hit and I will kill!! You will die. I will kill people to 1,000,000 person.
Boom! You die. Die and die. Die all people die. I like it. Boom! Ha! You die. All people in the country will die. All people in the world will die. Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! I will kill policeman. Boom! The police die. Ha! ha!
Zinck! Ha! ha! The samurai die. EEEEzzzzz! The robot die. Ha! ha! ha! Boom!!!!! The Fuji Mountain burst. Ha! ha! ha! Bong! The dog die. Ha! Meowww! The cat die. Boom! You die. Ouch. I'm hurt by kitten. I kicked the kitten.
Crack! I'm back stab to Carlito. Carlito is the Eat Spit man. Crack. I'm codebreaker to Chris Jericho. Wack! I hit the rabbit. Ha! Bang! The other killer die. Wack! Again. (Student's name) come Ouch! I'm spear edge. Edge is a wrestler. And I will kill you. Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! Ahh! Help me! Ha! You are burned. "Let me burned you" Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
So, a little violent would you say? This paper is representative of pretty much all of the boys' papers. Interesting to do some psychoanalysis on these kids if you ask me! Next...does this sound a little like a girl?
If I was an adult I would do yoga and dance. I would have fun. I will go to discotec and dance however I want. I will not drink or smoke, but I will dance however I want! Next I will sleep 72 hours and when I wake up I will take a shower and brush my teeth and dress up and I will go to the shopping mall like Paragon, Central, Robinson's, Future Park, JJ Mall, Emporium and JJ Market. Then I will buy everything I want...if I have money, ha ha ha. Next I will go home and sleep until morning. I will have egg and bacon and sausage for breakfast and then I will do everything over and over and over again. The End.Interesting no?