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Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Son's Developing Into A Writer

                I had spoken in an earlier post about how my lesson plans had gotten changed last week. My daughter had awakened one morning and wanted to write a narration on The Three Little Pigs. After beginning this lesson my children decided they wanted to just write their own version of The Three Little Pigs. I had another English lesson planned for them from our Writing Strands book. I am trying to follow Charlotte Mason’s methods as much as possible so when my daughter decided she wanted to do this, I dropped my plans and moved in to the new lesson.
                They have finished the lesson now so I am going to post their versions on here to share with everyone. Tell us what you think. I am putting my son’s on here first and my daughter’s will come in a day or so.
Gather your children around and enjoy The Three Little Pigs by Matthew.
The Three Little Pigs

    Once upon a time, in the small town of Pigsburg, there live three little pigs and a sow. The little pigs thought they were old enough to move out of their mother’s home. Their mother, the sow, agreed that it was about time they got their own home so she kissed her sons goodbye. They started packing their things. As soon as they were done packing, they left on their journey.

    The oldest pig, Ramses, traveled east. He met a man with some straw. Ramses ask kindly, "Sir, would you be so kind as to loan me some straw?" The man replied, "Gladly child." So Ramses took the straw and built his house in a small meadow. The next morning he took a basket he had woven before and went out to pick blueberries. When he got there he started stuffing the basket, but mostly he stuffed his face. Eventually, the basket was full.

    As he strolled home, he felt like he was being watched. Suddenly, he heard a twig snap. He moaned, "Who, whose there?" Then he heard a snarl. He truly was scared out of his wits. He ran shouting, "Ah! Help, save me!" As he screamed, a large dark figure leaped from the bushes. It was the wolf. Ramses made it into the house of straw. The wolf shouted angrily, "Let me in or I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down." So he huffed and he puff, and he blew Ramses’ house down. Ramses ran to the sow’s house. He told his mother, "I saw a Wo, wo, wolf!" "I know my son, but your brothers don’t know about the wolf yet." The wolf, standing outside of the window, overheard the conversation. He thought to himself, "Brothers, this is why I must leave to catch and eat two more little pigs. One of them may get away, but the other one will not escape me." So the wolf ran back to the woods with much excitement.

    Buck and Little Joe had walked for quite some time in the woods. After a while Little Joe got tired and said, "Hey Buck, do you want to stop here and hit the sacks?" "No!" replied Buck. So Buck ran alone now. Little Joe happened to see a logging truck pass by. Fortunately, the truck turned the curve to fast and most of the wood fell off of the truck. So Little Joe collected the wood and built him a house.
    Then, he made supper. As he was eating he heard a voice say, "Oh may you let me in for a meal? I haven’t eaten in days." Not knowing what beast was behind it, he cracked the door open. The wolf tried to pounce in the door, but little Joe was too quick. He slammed the door in the wolf’s face. Instead of the wolf making it in, he was knocked out from the impact of his head hitting the door. By the time the wolf regained consciousness, little Joe was half way across the field. The wolf furiously chased after the pig. He lost the pig over a hill. The pig ran all the way to his mother’s house. As soon as he got there he told the sow about the wolf and how fast he had to run to escape the wolf’s incredibly large jaws.

      Although Ramses and Little Joe ran from the wolf, there is one pig that hasn’t been scared by the wolf. That pig was Buck. Buck had traveled to far from home to run to The Sow’s house. He had seen a man while he was traveling. The man had a wagon full of bricks. Buck said, "Dear sir, would you please give me that wagon of bricks to build a house, for I am ever so tired?" The sweating man replied, "Well, you can have it. I’ve pulled it so long. I’ve actually tried to sink the wagon in the river because it was such a heavy load. But the townsmen pulled it out with an ox. They pulled it out and told me I may need it later. But I don’t need these old bricks. So you can have them."

    So Buck built his house of bricks. Buck knew that the wolf could not blow down his house. As he was washing the dishes, he heard a snarl. It did not bother him for he knew his house was too strong for the wolf to blow down. The wolf blew and blew but the house wouldn’t budge. So the wolf said, "I’ll crawl down your chimney and eat you." The pig was very afraid. He put a pot of boiling water at the bottom of the chimney. The wolf fell in the pot and jumped all the way back up the chimney. The wolf said, "You are too smart for me so I will leave you alone." And the pigs all lived happily ever after.

The End

1 comment:

Charlotte Mason in the City said...

This is a very well thought-out story. He adds details to the original tale, but the story still clips along at a good pace. Well done! I'm impressed.

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