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Notes for
The Three Little Butterfly Brothers
A German Fairy Tale

MS Word (doc) (14 pp)

See the text of the tale.

Part 1 AK G6W L6.6 (RWS)
Part 2 AK " "

     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.

Modeling Exercises

     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.
     Another option is to have the students do one of the longer exercises (below). After they have written the first draft, give the students a list of the constructions that you want them to use. Have them identify these constructions in what they wrote, or, if they did not use them, have them revise what they wrote in order to add them.

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.
2.   Have the students discuss the moral of the story and then have each student try to write a short essay in which they explain their own experience with this moral. These can range, of course, all over the place -- girls excluding boys, boys excluding girls, students from the same geographical areas excluding outsiders, etc.
3. [This one is difficult.] Have the students retell the story, replacing the three butterflies with three of another kind of animal (frogs, cats, dogs, etc.). You should probably have them discuss what else in the story would have to change. For example, frogs, tired of swimming, would not go to flowers, but they might go to lily pads. In this case, the sun's role might remain similar. Three hungry kittens caught in snow might go to racoons for food, and the sun might melt the snow so that they can find their own. Give the students a few suggestions like this, but encourage them to use their own imaginations.