Posted by: jockmackenzie | December 16, 2009

Story Writing – using “The Three Little Pigs”

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The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a far away place, there was a mother pig who had three little pigs.

The three little pigs grew so big that their mother said to them, “You are too big to live here any longer. You must go and build houses for yourselves. But take care that the wolf does not catch you.”

Soon they met a man who was carrying some straw. “Please will you give me some straw?” asked the first little pig. “I want to build a house for myself.”

“Yes,” said the man and he gave the first little pig some straw.

Then the first little pig built himself a house of straw. He was very pleased with his house, and happy that it had been so easy to build because he was a bit on the lazy side. He said, “Now the wolf won’t catch me and eat me.”

“I shall build a stronger house than yours,” said both the second and the third little pig.

The second little pig and the third little pig went on along the road. Soon they met a man who was carrying some sticks.

“Please will you give me some sticks?” asked the second little pig. “I want to build a house for myself. I think a stick house would be fairly easy to build and much safer than a straw house.”

“Yes,” said the man and he gave the second little pig some sticks.

Then the second little pig built himself a house of sticks. It was stronger than the house of straw.

The second little pig was very pleased with his house. He said, “Now the wolf won’t catch me and eat me.”

“I shall build a stronger house than yours,” said the third little pig.

The third little pig went on along the road. Soon he met a man who had a load of bricks. The third little pig bought enough bricks to build a house even though he knew it would take a lot of work.

It took him a long time but the third little pig built himself a house of bricks and it was a very strong house.

The third little pig was very pleased with his house. He said, “Now the wolf won’t catch me and eat me.”

The next day the wolf came along the road. He came to the house of straw that the first little pig had built.

When the first little pig saw the wolf coming, he ran inside his house and shut the door.

The wolf knocked on the door and said, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.”

“No, no,” said the little pig. “You can’t come in, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!”

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in,” said the wolf.

So he huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed. The house of straw fell down and the wolf ate up the first little pig.

The next day the wolf walked further along the road. He came to the house of sticks that the second little pig had built.

When the second little pig saw the wolf coming, he ran inside his house and shut the door.

The wolf knocked on the door and said, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.”

“No, no,” said the little pig. “You can’t come in, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!”

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in,” said the wolf.

So he huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed. The house of sticks fell down and the wolf ate up the second little pig.

The next day the wolf walked further along the road. He came to the house of bricks that the third little pig had built.

When the third little pig saw the wolf coming, he ran inside his house and shut the door.

The wolf knocked on the door and said, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.”

“No, no,” said the little pig. “You can’t come in, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!”

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in,” said the wolf.

So he huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed. But the house of bricks did not fall down.

The wolf was very angry, but he pretended not to be. He thought, “This is a clever little pig. If I want to catch him I must pretend to be his friend.”

So the wolf said, “Little pig, if you will be ready at six o’clock in the morning, I will take you to Farmer Smith’s field. We shall find some nice turnips for dinner.”

“Very well,” said the little pig. But the third little pig was a clever little pig. He knew that the wolf just wanted to eat him.

So the next morning the third little pig set off for Farmer Smith’s field at five o’clock. He filled his basket with turnips. Then he hurried home before it was six o’clock.

At six o’clock the wolf knocked on the little pig’s door. “Are you ready, little pig ?” he said.

“Oh! I have been to Farmer Smith’s field,” said the little pig. “I filled my basket with turnips and they are now cooking for my dinner.”

The wolf was very angry, but he pretended not to be.

Then the wolf said, “If you will be ready at five o’clock in the morning, I will take you to Farmer Brown’s apple tree. We will pick some red apples.”

“Very well,” said the little pig.

Next morning, the little pig set off at four o’clock. He found the apple tree. He was up in the tree, picking apples, when the wolf came along.

The little pig was very frightened, but he pretended not to be. He said, “These are fine apples, Mr. Wolf. I’ll throw you one.”

He threw down an apple, but it rolled away down the road. The wolf ran after it.

Then the little pig jumped down from the tree. He ran all the way home and shut his door quickly.

The wolf was very angry, but he still pretended not to be.

He went to the little pig’s house and knocked on the door. “Little pig,” he said, “if you will be ready at four o’clock this afternoon, I will take you to the fair. We will have some fun on the swings and roundabouts.”

“Very well,” said the little pig.

At two o’clock the little pig set off for the fair. He had great fun, riding on the swings and roundabouts.

Then he bought himself a butter churn. It looked like a big barrel.

As little pig was going home he saw the wolf coming up the hill. Little pig was very frightened, so he jumped inside his butter churn.

The butter churn began to roll over and over, down the hill. It rolled faster and faster. It knocked the wolf down.

The wolf did not know what had knocked him down. He was so frightened that he ran away as quickly as he could.

Little pig jumped out of his butter churn and carried it home.

The next day the wolf came and knocked on the little pig’s door.

He said, “Little pig, I did not go to the fair yesterday. A great, big thing came rolling down the hill and knocked me over.”

“Ha-ha!” said the little pig. “That was me, inside my butter churn!”

When the wolf heard this he was very, very, very angry indeed.

He said, “Little pig, I am going to eat you up. I am going to climb down your chimney to get you.”

The little pig was very frightened, but he said nothing. He put a big pot of water on the fire to boil.

The wolf climbed on the roof. Then he began to come down the chimney.

The little pig took off the lid from the pot. Into the pot fell the wolf, with a big splash. And that was the end of the wolf.

The third little pig who was too clever for the big bad wolf lived happily ever after.

The End

The essence of the story comes from http://www.uni-paderborn.de/~odenbach/pigs/

Teaching Suggestion: How about a “less not more” idea? Get kids to make a new wolf saying, suggest an alternative to the three little pigs, have three _______________ , make the houses out  of something else, add one more main character and explain his role, etc.


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