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Progressive Story Project (Fall 2011)
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Stories and Voicethreads
Your class will be writing ONE group paragraph(s) for the story (not each student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will also need to send (email as .jpg) the 3 pictures to your Teacher Leader. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.
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New Cumberland, PA
Title (Given by the last class):
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Once there was a lemur named Elvis and his best friend, a talking horse, named Big-Tailed Johnny. They both lived in Madagascar, an island off of the East Coast of Africa.
The lemur was a little bit smelly. He smelled like bananas. He had giant round eyes and grey and black fur. His tail was fluffy with stripes. The horse was brown like cinnamon with black on his feet and tail and a little on his face and mane.
The two friends met when a storm came and Elvis was left in a neighborhood. When he went looking for a safe place at the zoo, Big-Tailed Johnny answered the door. Elvis and Big-Tailed Johnny sang and danced together. They sang Elvis songs. "Thank you. Thank you very much!" They put their hooves and little hands through their mane and fluffy hair, just like the singer Elvis.
When the storm stopped, the horse asked if the lemur could stay for a sleep-over.
The next day when Big-Tailed Johnny woke up, his tail was cut off. Big-Tailed Johnny noticed that Elvis was sleeping peacefully covered in a giant horsehair blanket. So when Elvis woke up, Big-Tailed Johnny asked him,
"Where did you get that beautiful, gorgeous blanket?"
"Uh, the internet?!!" Then Elvis asked innocently, "Hey, what happened to your tail?"
Big-Tailed Johnny noticed that his tail was missing. Then he snorted loudly and whinnied.
Elvis joked while snapping his fingers, "Thank you. Thank you very much."
Now "No-Tailed Johnny" said sadly, "I was going to get my hair cut today, but not this short."
"That's too bad. Your hair looks really funky!" Elvis laughed.
Then Big-Tailed Johnny stormed away.
Elvis yelled after him, "Don't forget about that magic meadow. The one where if you eat the grass, your tail will grow back!!"
Big-Tailed Johnny stormed away in a frustrated mood. As he got closer to his destination he tripped and fell. In a daze, he was was confused to see not one, but three different meadows. He galloped over to the one with the greenest grass. He devoured as much of the grass that he could. Instead of his tail growing back, he noticed he was sprouting a beard! He was so surprised, he didn't know what to do next. When Big-Tailed Johnny recovered, he trudged over to the sweet-smelling alfalfa field to try his luck there. He stuffed himself until he had a terrible belly ache. But still no tail grew back. He had no choice but to trot on over to his last hope. Field number three was covered with spinach. He hated spinach! He was so desperate that he decided to nibble on his least favorite leafy vegetable. Nothing happened! Short-Tailed Johnny was so disappointed that he wandered down a dark and narrow path.
Johnny was feeling gloomy that his tail had not grown back. Elvis had lied about the magic meadow. After he walks down the narrow path for many hours, he suddenly feels tired and thirsty. He sits under a small tree and closes his eyes to rest. After he awakens, he is refreshed, but still thirsty so he continues along the small dirt path. Out in the distance, he discovers a small river that sparkles in the sunlight. He dashes toward the water to quinch his thirst. As he bends down to sip the water, he notices a fourth meadow across the stream filled with wild dagga flowers (also know as Lion's tail); maybe these flowers will grow back his tail. Johnny runs toward the field...
…and he takes a munch in his mouth. While he is standing there, the dagga flowers start to glow. His entire mouth glows like a candle! Johnny No tail swallows the sparkling plant. From the place where his mane used to be, Johnny grows a mohawk ! From the other end of his body, Johnny’s tail starts to grow. Johnny is so pleased that he eats more and more of the bright flowers. As he is munching, his tail and his new mohawk start to shine really, really brightly. His hair was so bright that he was almost blinded by the light. He whipped out his really cool sunglasses and runs across all four fields. He looks like a shooting star. He runs all the way home to Elvis. Elvis is singing a song and playing the guitar. Elvis looks up and sees Johnny and starts laughing. Elvis so happy because Johnny is bright and now they can become famous stars together.
Elvis asked, “Do you want to be in my band? It can star you and me?”
Johnny replied, “Sure, maybe our names can be
The Shooting Star Brothers
!” So Johnny and Elvis start writing songs. Their first song is called “The Funky….
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