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Writing Workshop 1/20: Horse & Bear

Context: 4th grade classroom mini-lesson about punctuations & fables

  • it’s the middle of the night
  • it’s the middle of the countryside
  • there’s a road running through it
  • a horse is coming down the road and meets a bear
    • Paragraph 1: write what the horse says to the bear
    • Paragraph 2: write what the bear says to the horse
    • Paragraph 3: write what the horse says to the bear
    • Paragraph 4: a big storm comes up suddenly
    • Paragraph 5: write what the bear says to the horse
    • Paragraph 6: write what the horse says to the bear
    • Paragraph 7: write the moral of the story (aphorism)

“Good evening!” said Horse.  “What are you doing awake at this time of year?”

“My joints were sooo achey that it woke me up,” groaned the Bear. “There must be a big storm coming.”

“Oh, Bear,” Horse said shaking his head, “you must sleep walking.  There’s no storm coming this way.”

Suddenly, lightning streaked across the sky and a large storm came upon Bear and Horse.

“Run, Horse! There’s a tornado coming this way!”

“There’s no time, Bear!  Run for that ditch!”

[Edited] The moral of this story is that some will groan and others will say nay, but the only thing that will save you is to take action.

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