In our guided reading groups, we have been reading several stories. One of my groups has been reading The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka. I like this story because it lends itself to a variety of literature activities. In this lesson, I asked students to respond to the wolf and form their own point of view about what really happened on the day the wolf encountered the three little pigs. I began the lesson by re-reading the story to the group aloud. In a previous lesson, we read this story and the original version of the Three Little Pigs and compared the two stories and the point of view of the characters. So I read the story from the Wolf's point of view and we spent this time discussing the story and what happened. I placed a chart on the board and I told the students we would take some notes on what happened according to the wolf. We wrote down some of our ideas and then examined them.
I gave each student a note card and ask them to tell me if they believed the wolf. I also asked them to tell why or why not. I then modeled for the group how to look at the notes we took and the different events the wolf retold in the story to form an opinion. Next, I showed students how I would begin to right my response to the wolf:
Dear A. Wolf,
I'm not really sure I believe your story. I've listened to the story of The Three Little Pigs and now I've listened to yours. There are some things that just don't add up for me. For example,..........
I then tell the students I want them to respond to the wolf about how they feel about his story.
Before we began, I had the group share their conclusion from their index card and we discussed ways each of them could begin their response.
During this part of the lesson, students write their responses. I conference with each student in the group redirecting where needed and helping students elaborate their thoughts as needed.
During this time, I allow each of the students to share their responses as we discuss, compare, and contrast our ideas about the wolf's story.