From a Caterpillar to A Butterfly

Author and Illustrator  Janie M. Stape

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From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly


Once in a little forest living under an old oak tree was Charlie Caterpillar.  He lived a simple life just squirming around and soaking up the warm sunshine from above.  He would play with  his other caterpillar friends.  Often one of his friends would climb onto the limb of the old oak tree and spin himself a cocoon.  After doing this, the caterpillar would never come back to play with him.  This would be a very sad time for Charlie because he missed playing his friends.  Charlie often found himself wondering what had happened to all of his caterpillar friends.

One day Charlie felt the urge to climb up the branch of the old oak tree and spin a cocoon.  However, Charlie was certain that he would climb back down the old oak tree so that he could squirm on the ground.  After Charlie was snug inside the cocoon, he fell sound asleep.

As Charlie slept, his body went through a change.  Many days passed and Charlie finely woke up. He chomped away at his cocoon until he could see the bright summer sun shining into his eyes.  Charlie climbed out of his cocoon and discovered that he had developed wings.  Charlie was wobbly at first, but then he spread his wings apart and began to fly high into the blue sky.  He looked down upon the ground where he once squirmed with his friends.  What did he see? Charlie saw all of the caterpillars crawling on the ground.  Oh, if only Charlie could tell them how much more wonderful it was to be in the sky to see all of the beautiful things on earth.  Charlie then realized that someday soon his little friends would join him in the sky.  Charlie decided it would be best not to worry about his friends down on the ground.  He realized that all of his friends would join him in the sky.  They could enjoy the beauty of the earth together.

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)9
3.  What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4.  How would your story end? (Ending)

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