The Fire Stealers
After examining Hopi kachinas and pottery, fifth-grade students in
Ms. Webb's class listened to the book. As a class, we webbed the four
animals depicted in the story, the reason each was sent to retrieve
fire, and how the experience changed the physical characteristics of
that animal, the pourquoi part of the story. We brainstormed
desert animals then students chose a particular animal and created their
own webs that included why the animal was chosen and the way the fire
changed the animal's appearance. From these webs, students wrote their
narrative poems. They created borders for their work based on the Hopi
designs they found in The Fire Stealers and on Hopi pottery.
This is a sample of the students' fine work.
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