We have been learning how to make up stories. One way to do this is by listening to other stories and then making up our own version.
Miss Fee read a story called The Papaya That Spoke. It was about a farmer who was hungry and he wanted to eat a Papaya. When he went to eat it, the Papaya spoke to him. The farmer screamed and ran away to a new setting where he met a fisherman who asked “why are your running so fast when the sun is shining so brightly?”. The farmer explained that the Papaya had spoken to him and then his dog had spoken to him. The farmer ran on until he met a fish who also spoke to him. He ran some more and lots of other things spoke to him. And then he met the King and told him about all the things that had spoken to him. The King said – get out of here you foolish man – and the farmer walked home with his head hung low. The King thought the man was foolish because he thought things could speak. There was a long silence, but then the King’s chair said – whoever heard of a talking papaya? The End.
We used this story to make our own versions. So I made up a story about an apple who spoke. Instead of a farmer, there was a brewery owner, who wanted to make the apple into cider. And the same thing happened to the brewery owner as happened to the farmer, except it was based on Eigg.
I didn’t write this story just in words, I took a piece of paper and I drew pictures in lines. The first line of my picture story had a picture of a man holding a beer, then an apple, then a mug of cider, and so on. Each picture tells me what to say next in story. Here is a picture of my story text map. I read my story to everyone else in the classroom. They liked it.