Source: Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks: "Donkeys into Racehorses"
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In this video segment from Jakers! Grandma Alice tells a story. Grandma Alice had no television or electricity growing up in Mississippi and to have fun she learned to use her imagination. For example, the kids in her neighborhood used to pretend they had a rodeo and ride the billy goats. One day Grandma Alice and her sister Ernestine decided to ride an old mule named Ol’ Bill but they fell off the mule when he tried to jump over a ditch. Grandma Alice got right back up on him, but Ernestine wouldn’t. Ernestine still won’t ride horses or mules. Ask someone you know to tell his or her story.
Literature, history, social studies
The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for elementary school students using this video in an English language arts or social studies lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?
Frame (ELA) What does it mean to use your imagination?
Focus (ELA) How did Grandma Alice use her imagination growing up?
Follow Up (ELA) Do you think the events Grandma Alice describes are real or imaginary? Explain why.
Frame (SS) Tell a story about something that happened when you were younger. Do you think everyone remembers that event the same way you do? For example, would your parents remember it the same way?
Focus (SS) How does Grandma Alice remember Ol’ Bill?
Follow Up (SS) Historic events are often remembered by people in different ways. How do you think Grandma Alice and her sister Ernestine might remember Ol’ Bill differently? What would influence how they remember Ol’ Bill? In history, how might different events be remembered in different ways? What does this mean to us as we read about history or read the news?
GIRL 1: This is our grandma Alice.
GIRL 2: She grew up in Mississippi.
GIRL 1: Did you have a television when you were little, Grandma?
ALICE: No. We didn’t have no television and we didn’t have no electricity. And so we used our imagination on everything. We had our own little rodeo. The kids use to come over and we use to ride the billy goats.
GIRL 2: Grandma could you tell me about Ol’ Bill?
ALICE: Yes I can! Ol’ Bill was a mule. He went to jump a ditch once. And Ernestine and I fell off of him. I got up and got back on, but Ernestine wouldn’t get on him no more. And Ernestine hadn’t ridden a horse or a mule since. And Ol’ Bill was a mule, he was a sweet heart.
GIRLS: Ask someone in your family to tell you their story.
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