Source: Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks: "All Night Long"
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Literature, creative writing, poetry
The following suggestions are best suited for elementary school students using this video in an English language arts lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
Frame (ELA) There are several literary elements in a story. What do you know about the character, setting and plot of a story? What do these terms mean?
Focus (ELA) Identify the character, setting and plot in this story.
Follow Up (ELA) How do each of these elements work together to help us understand a story? For example, how might knowing what the character is like help us understand the plot? How might knowing the setting help us figure out the plot? Finally, how does the way a story is shared, such as through a rap like this story was, influence how we respond to it?
PIGGLEY: Hope I’m not too late.
STORYTELLER: No, you’re right in time. I was just about to explain to everybody the building blocks every story has. A who, that’s who the story is about, a what, what the story is about and a where - where the story takes place. Anybody, anybody, give me a who the story is about.
KID #1: Coco
STORYTELLER: Coco. Beautiful name. And somebody give me a place -“a where” the story is going to take place.
KID #2: At the beach.
STORYTELLER: Coco at the beach. Excellent. Let’s make this story up together. You’ve heard the story about dragons and things, Witches and pigs and special rings.
But the story I’m going to tell you -you should all know is about my friend, his name is Coco.
Coco was a guy who loved to have fun.
He could have more fun than anyone
He loved to have fun now understand
But his favorite sun was the sun and the sand
So Co-co, he loved the beach
And he kept all his favorite things in reach
He had a soda over here yummy, yummy snacks.
Laid in the sun, there on his back.
From sun up ‘till the sun come down, Coco was all at the beach
He was never in town
And let me tell you now what you gotta hear. There was something mysterious happening there. Over the waves, Coco looked ahead. He saw something he couldn’t believe, he said….. “What is that?
Oh that ain’t too hip!
He saw some kind of huge and humungous ship
It was coming towards him
It was coming fast
And he couldn’t hold it in, He said , “At Last”!
I have never seen a ship like this before and
I’ve got to go and get on board.
STORYTELLER: What do you think happened? Coco got off that beach and he ran onto that huge ship. What do you think happened?
KID: Pirates attacked.
STORYTELLER: Pirates came.
Now Coco was on this great big ship. It was kinda cool. He thought he was hip. He was walking round saying, “What up everybody?” Looking real cool, never ever being shoddy. When all of a sudden he heard a big Urgh!
And Pirates, yep they were right thar.
Right on the ship were Coco was. One had a little parrot who he called Buzz. And they started doing things, Pirates never do do….
They were handing out candy and crazy stuff,Oooo!
They were handing out sweets like bubble gum which kinda felt pretty good to his tummy- tum-tum.
He took all kinda sweets and he piled them up. Coco Coco, Coco, he just sucked them up.
Down to his belly and his belly’s starting to swell.
And that’s when Coco didn’t feel so well.
He said, “I guess I shouldn’t have eaten those pirate snacks”.
Then he had a little pirate snack attack.
He started to Burp!
And do sounds like that.
He couldn’t believe it.
He got fatter and fatter. And fatter and fatter
Until he sank the ship and then the tides they all started to rip
And just then, so it seemed
Co-co woke up.
It was all a dream!
And that’s the story of Coco.
Now don’t forget. That story like every story had the Who, the What, and the Where. The three basic building blocks of any good story. Got it?
KID: Got it.
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