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Notes for
"The Story of the Oriole"
The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook

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Exercise # 1 AK  Grade 2  L1.5 PP-Function
Exercise # 2 AK  "  "
Exercise # 3 AK  "  "
Exercise # 4 AK  "  "
Exercise # 5 AK -  -
     Ex # 5 as Punctuation G4 L1.7

Suggestions for Writing Assignments

1. For young students, perhaps the best writing assignments are those which simply ask the students to rewrite the story -- in as much detail as possible -- in their own words. You might want to add that you want them to use quotations, including quotations in which the speaker is identified after the quotation itself -- "Dear king, may I go?" repeated the hornet. 

2. If you want the students to be more creative, you can ask them to "Use your imagination and write a story about The First _____. It can be about a bird, an insect, and animal, or anything else that you want to write about."

3. Who in this story is bad? Why? Who is good? Why? Explain your answers in writing. [You might want to have the students discuss this question in class before they write about it.]

     There is an ambiguity in the first paragraph in the sentence "I myself will call in the voice of the thunder ...." It may become more apparent when one attempts to analyze the sentence -- Is "call in" the finite verb, technically a phrasal verb, or is "in the voice" a prepositional phrase? "I will call in the voice (DO)" implies that the king will evoke the thunder to do the calling. But if we read it as "I will call {in the voice}," it would mean that the king would do the calling, "in the voice" of the thunder. It may be a minor point, but it does grammatically illustrate the ambiguity.