A "Tail" to Tell
Language Arts Activity
Students will write a sequel to the original The Three Little Pigs
story or a fractured version of it.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Any classic version of the The Three Little Pigs, such as the one by
- Fractured versions, such as The True Story of the Three Little
Pigs by Jon Scieska and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad
Pig retold by Eugene Trivizas
- Versions from different cultures, such as The Three Little
Javelinas, by Susan Lowell and The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs
and the Magic Shark by Donivee Martin Laird
- Blank story map for each student
- Colored markers or crayons
- A software writing program (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Have students read different versions of The Three Little Pigs.
- Distribute copies of the blank story map. Work with students
if necessary to complete the story maps.
- Have students use their story maps to write a draft of their
stories. Students may enjoy using software writing programs
such as Creative Writer (Microsoft), The Writing Center (The
Learning Company), and The Amazing Writing Machine (Broderbund.)
- Have students read their drafts aloud to you or to a writing
partner. Encourage them to ask questions such as Is my writing
clear? or Is there anything I should add? Then have students make
any necessary revisions and print a final copy of their stories.
- Encourage students to proofread their final copies. Students
who used software writing programs should run a spell-check
before printing and then read the final copy once.
- Encourage students to draw illustrations and make a cover for
their stories. The software writing programs mentioned above
include clip art that can help greatly with the illustrations.
- Have students read their stories to the rest of the class in a
special Three Little Pigs story hour. If a Kindergarten class is
available, your students may enjoy reading their stories to the
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