Granddaddy Longlegs Last Journey
                  Story and Picture by Billie Adams


Once upon a time there was an old spider named “Granddaddy Longlegs”.  He lived in the big tree next to a swing set. The swing belonged to a little girl named Lauren.  Lauren loves to play on her swing everyday and pick the beautiful flowers that grow around the huge tree that stands tall next to her swing.  Granddaddy Longlegs loves to wonder everywhere. He loves to explore new places everyday but Granddaddy Longlegs was very old and wasn’t able to travel great distances like he did in his younger days.

  One day Granddaddy Longlegs had left his home in the old tree, crawled through the flowerbed of beautiful flowers and up one of the legs of the swing set.  He climbed to the top of the swing and slowly crawled across to the other end. Granddaddy thought he would rest a little before moving on, but all of a sudden, a strong gust of wind came along and blew him off of the swing. Granddaddy Longlegs didn’t fall far before he landed on a bright yellow object.  Granddaddy had landed on Laurens’ bright yellow slide.   Granddaddy thought he had better get home soon because he was growing very tired. He slid down the slide and started back towards the flowerbed.  He was almost to the edge of the flowerbed when a blue bird tried to swoop down and grab him.  Luckily the bird missed and flew away. Granddaddy Longlegs continues on his way back to his home in the tree, when all of a sudden a huge object lands right next to him. It was a little girl’s shoe.  Granddaddy thought he had been squished. He quickly climbed up the stalk of a flower. 

Lauren squatted down in the flowerbed to pick a few flowers, and as she picked a beautiful red flower she froze.  She had seen a huge, scary spider. She looked at the spider, and slowly picked him up by one leg and placed him on the trunk of the old tree.  Granddaddy Longlegs scurried up the tree out of sight. Granddaddy Longlegs didn’t ever wander far from home again.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking

After sharing your creative writing  story with your students, have your students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following questions to write or dictate their story.  After writing their stories, have the students draw a picture using the Paint program to illustrate their story.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1.)  How would you change the main character?  (Introduction)
2.)  Where would your story take place? (Setting)
3.)  What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4.)  How would your story end? (Ending)

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