I ran across this tale in Frances Jenkins Olcott's Good Stories For Holidays (1914), and, because it includes examples of direct address, interjections, and nouns used as adverbs, I decided to put it here. One way to use the passages, therefore, is simply to have the students find examples of these three constructions. Teachers may simply want to read the entire tale to students and then assign either the first or the second part.
For a quick exercise, you can have the students
simply write one or two sentences that include direct address, one or two
that include interjections, and one or two that include nouns used as adverbs.
You may want to extend this to include sentences that have compound subjects,
compound verbs, compound complements, and/or a set number of prepositional
phrases. Have the students label each of the required constructions.
Suggestions for Longer Writing Exercises
1. As always with third graders and literature, perhaps
the best writing exercise is to have the students retell the story in
as much detail as they possibly can. If necessary, you might want to
remind the students by writing on the board where the butterflies went
-- 1) home, 2) to the red and yellow striped tulip, 3) to the white lily,
and then 4) home. Have the students write a draft in as much detail as
they can -- without thinking about grammar or spelling. Then have
them edit the drafts to correct grammar and spelling.