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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Teacher Leader: Suzy Haas

Contact Information
Due Date
Check When Finished
Suzy Haas
Williston Central School
Williston Vermont USA
(change of plans)
Stacy Hodges (Class 17)
Zachary Elementary
Zachary, LA, USA
April 9
Beginning done April 7
Kim Gill
@Gill_Ville (me)
@Gill_Villeans (class)
Ryerson P.S.
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
April 16
Middle paragraph done April 14th.
Marilee Estes
Dysart Elementary
El Mirage, AZ, USA
April 30
Third paragraph completed April 29
Lenette Pruetz (Class 3)

Twitter: lpapplegirl

Condit Elementary
Bellaire, Texas, USA
May 6
Fourth paragraph completed May 3rd
Kim Gill== ==
@Gill_Ville (me)
@Gill_Villeans (class)
Ryerson P.S.
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
May 16

Title (Given by the last class): A Swamp Surprise

Start your story here:

Deep in the swamps of Louisiana, a small wooden pirogue (pronounced—pee-row) is slowly drifting through the lilypads and under the draping moss hanging from the bald cypress trees. An old fisherman and his son are checking their nets for today’s catch hoping to find lots of crabs and fish. They pull up their first trap but it is empty. In the next trap, they find eight large Gulf crabs and four catfish—a nice catch, but not enough. They slowly paddle around the bend to the next trap. Maybe this one will be full. They begin to lift the net, but it is very heavy. In it they find an angry alligator named Alli. Alli is has lived her whole life in the swamps of Louisiana, but this is the first time she has ever been entangled in a fisherman’s net. She struggles trying to escape from the net. She makes a loud clamor calling her brother, Steve, to help her. Other animals in the swamp also hear Alli’s cries for help. Walter, the water moccasin; Todd, the snapping turtle; Patti, the brown pelican; and the whole Boudreaux family (pronounced—boo’d- row) of mosquitos all come to her aid and attack the fishermen.

Patti the pelican was the first to arrive on the scene, using her big wings to swoop in and out in a figure eight pattern. This motion caused the fisherman and his son to become a little dizzy and the boat began to quickly sway side to side. The Gulf crabs that were caught from the second net are actually still alive and see what is going on. They decide to try pinching their way out of the nets to help out Patti and try to rescue Alli. Todd, the snapping turtle, thought he might be able to assist the crabs with his large claws and teeth, so he crawled into the rocking pirogue and started nipping at the net to free his smaller sea friends. The Boudreaux family swarm the fisherman and his son and since they weren't wearing their bug repellent, the mosquito family eagerly started to feast away on these victims. The fisherman started to develop a rash due to his mosquito allergy and began itching and scratching all over. Then the little wooden pirogue started to rock violently. Walter, the water moccasin, swam over to the boat and slithered up the side. He coiled up his body and decided to try to lash out to bite the little boy. But right at that moment, Alli's brother, Steve, climbed up out of the water, onto the pirogue, capsizing the little dugout canoe! During this confusion, the humans and all the creatures go flying overboard in different directions into the murky, Louisiana swamp water.

In all of the confusion, Cody, the fisherman’s son, and Alli became separated from all of the others.
They were both swimming with every ounce of energy they had to reach the top of the water. It seemed to both of them that they were doomed. All of a sudden they came into a large swarm of bubbles. They swam harder and even seemed to be helping each other to keep swimming. At the same time they both came to the surface of the water. But something was wrong. It was very dark. They knew they were now on top of the water and could breath easily, but they could see nothing. Cody and Alli, held on to each other and began to move towards what they hoped was the shore. All of sudden they felt a huge rock. They discovered that they were inside a cave. They didn’t want to go back under the water so they began moving along the side of the cave. Finally, ahead they saw two small lights. Their hearts leaped with joy. They would be saved. As they got closer they realized that the lights, were actually the fiery eyes of the biggest cave monster they could ever have imagined.

Cody and Alli wade closer and realize that the cave monster looks like an over-sized beaver. The monster splashes toward them and they get scared thinking that the monster is going to eat them. The monster sees the fear in Cody and Alli’s eyes and feels the same since he has been separated from his family. He lowers himself to their eye level, smiles and says, “Wait a minute. I’m not going to hurt you. My name is Big Bucky and I am lost.” Alli returns his smile while Cody stares blankly at Big Bucky. Cody then proceeds to sway in the water and faint. Big Bucky quickly scoops Cody out of the water and leads them both to a sandy shore inside the cave. After Alli catches her breath, she encourages Big Bucky to explain how he got lost. While Big Bucky shares the story of traveling with his mother, wandering away and finding this cave, Cody wakes and up listens to the story. They all realize that they will need to stick together in order to survive.
Elsewhere in the swamp, Cody’s father and the swamp creatures become friends and begin searching for Cody and Alli…

The fisherman told everyone to go search for the missing person and animal. Father Boudreaux directs Mother Boudreaux to take half of their children mosquitoes and fly east while he flies west to search. Patti Pelican decides to head south as the fisherman goes wandering north around the shoreline where he finds a dried up swamp bed. The gulf crabs split up into teams of two and swim away in different directions. Two head southwest, two more go southeast, two travel northwest, and the final two crabs swim northeast. Walter, the water moccasin stays on the surface and floats on the water to keep a look out. Todd, the snapping turtle, decides to follow the fisherman in the shallow water to help protect the fisherman and keep him safe from hidden nets. Steve starts searching for sunken pirogue in hopes that he’ll find his sister. The fisherman is waving his flashlight around in circles and flashing the light off and on. Big Bucky, Cody and Alli see the light and start to swim over to the direction of the light. Cody says, “we’re saved”! At the moment, Steve finally finds the pirogue and brings it up to the surface. The fisherman celebrates that he found his son and the boat that was his grandfather’s. They were so thankful for the creature’s help that they agreed to give part of their catch to the animals for food in the future. Big Bucky was glad to be out of the cave and with his new friend's help, he could find his way back home to his family.