Posted on September 7, 2017
Since the start of the school year, we have been reading a variety of stories and learning to retell them. We first put this into practice by retelling the very popular "Three Little Pigs" fairy tale as a class. Then together we did "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" as a read aloud, and the class was quite stunned!
"Who's story do we believe?"
"Is the wolf really bad?"
"Or did the pigs make up their own side of the story?"
"Was there more to the story?"
This conversation brought us to the understanding that there are two sides to every story. The students concluded that perhaps the wolf should have explained himself better to the pigs. Or perhaps the pigs just really didn't like him from the beginning and assumed he was bad. The studentsʻ opinions and perspectives went back and forth throughout our discussion.
We used a Venn diagram to compare the two stories and the two different perspectives of each book. Together we found many similarities and many differences. At the end of our discussion, most students surprisingly sided with the wolf. Many of them concluded that he really did have a cold (which caused him to sneeze and blow the houses down), just as his story said he did. One student even implied that maybe it was just allergy season for him. :)
After our discussion, the students spent the next few days exploring other versions of "The Three Little Pigs" including "Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf" and "The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf." They enjoyed hearing different versions of the story and appreciated parts from each one. One by one, the students started talking about a different ending they thought happened... or a different perspective from the wolf.
As a result, each student created their own mini book with their own version of "The Three Little Pigs." Some stories had a bad wolf, while others had an innocent one. Some pigs were traditional farm animals, while some lived in houses. We have started sharing each new version, according to our students, and we can't wait to see all our perspectives come together.
So... whose side of the story do you believe?