Story hour was just about to begin. Miss Hattie, known to some of the “Can Do” Kids as Grandma Hattie, was just settling down in her comfortable chair at the front of the room. She had a storybook in her hand when the door opened and there was Jay!
Several of the “Can Do’ Kids yelled out, “Hi Jay, welcome home.”
Jay ran for a seat, but before he could sit down Miss Hattie said, ” \Jay, everyone is so glad to see you. We know you spent the month of July on the reservation in Dakota with your grandparents. How about sharing a story or two about what you learned during your visit?”
Jay said, “Sure, I’d love to tell a story about how my tribe lived long ago, before Native Americans lived on reservations. I’d like to tell a story about how important the buffalo were to my people.”
The “Can Dos” settled down and paid close attention as Jay told his story.
“Once there were so many buffalo on the Great Plains. The buffalo were revered by my people both in songs and stories. The buffalo provided food and clothing and other things that my tribe needed in order to live.
My people followed the buffalo as they moved around looking for food to eat. My tribe would pack up all that they owned and make camp near where the buffalo were grazing. The men would go out and hunt buffalo while the women and children stayed behind.
When the men brought the buffalo they killed back to the camp, the women and children would help to make the things they needed to survive. My tribe did not waste any part of the buffalo.
I have a picture I brought from the reservation for show and tell when school got started, but I think I should show it now. Wait till you see all that my tribe got from the buffalo!”
With that, Jay unrolled the picture below. The “Can Dos” were amazed to see all the ways that Jay’s tribe had used the buffalo to survive.
Be sure to click on the picture to make it larger and see all the things Jay’s tribe made from the buffalo!
Miss Pat said, “Most of you need help with writing. You need to practice writing if you are going to get good at it. CSo…for the next few days, you are each going to tell me a story and then you are going to write your story down on paper”
The “Can Dos” started to find reasons why Teacher Pat’s idea was not a good idea; all except Wendy, that is. Wendy loves writing and she thought Miss Pat’s idea was just great!
Willie asked,”Why do we have to do this?” Teacher Pat smiled and answered, “Why, because writing is telling a story on page.”
With that, Teacher Pat took out a picture and posted it where everyone could see.Then she said, “What is going on in this picture is what you are going to make up a story about that you can use in your writing assignment.”
“Remember when telling a story, or writing a story,” said Teacher Pat,”a good story answer’s the 5 Ws and 1H questions.”
Hector asked what everyone was thinking when he said,” What are they?”
Miss Pat answered, “In this case, the 5Ws questions are…what is happening, who is happening to, where is it happening, why is it happening and when is it happening? As far as the 1H …how is it happening?”
Teacher Pat gave the class an hour to make up a story that contained the 5Ws and the 1H. Then she told them that she would begin to call on them to share their stories in class the next day. When everyone had a chance to share his or her story, then it would be time for each one of them to write a story using the correct grammar an punctuation and turn it in for a grade. The best story would be put up on the bulletin board outside the principal’s office for all to see.
Okay, why don’t you make up a story along with the “Can Dos”? Remember to name the puppy and give your story a title.