A short story written for reading aloud.
Suitable for students aged 6 - 10 years.
Bullying, schools and kids - a never ending story. You can almost see the kids turn off, stop listening - both the bullies and the bullied. I wrote 'Granny Jen is Missing' to approach the problem from a different angle. Readers meet two young girls solving a distressing problem - their granny is missing. The setting gets readers guessing about the how and why of choices made, and leads to lively discussions of 'appropriate consequences' and the benefits of collaboration and observation when problem solving. For example, can punishment of a villain go too far? Do heroes get better results by working with others?
Outline: It is Easter Sunday, and the story tracks two sisters, Tabitha and Ruby, as they search for Granny Jen. Granny Jen always prepares an Easter Egg hunt for the girls. This year Mr Christian, the farm rooster, plays a cruel trick on everyone. The farm animals resolve to teach Mr Christian a lesson, about telling lies.
But, what lesson do they actually teach him? Read the story and then decide.
Includes teaching notes:
4. Look at the characters and discuss aspects of how they do what they do, and how they impact on other characters
- leader or follower; good or bad at that role
- generous or cautious; good or bad because ...
- aware of the whole story or only concerned with what they are doing
- decide on new names for the characters.
5. Make lists of characters who learnt lessons, and lists of those that didn’t learn anything.
Includes other Activity Ideas:
2. Using collage techniques, create an A3 representation of the whole story. Or, create a collage of emotional faces depicting all the emotions exposed in the story.