Pig Farmer Jeff

For the last two weeks of writing class, I spent part of each lesson on creative writing.  I introduced students to rhyming, counting syllables, and to various types of poetry including “Roses are Red,” haiku, and limericks.  Then students wrote their own and performed them to the class.  Here are two of my favorite “Roses Are Red” poems from students:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
If you jump
Then I’ll jump too.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
If you reject me,
I’ll go out with Andrew.

On the last day of class, we took it one step further and had students write “chain stories”, which is when one person starts the story and then passes it down a chain of people who all continue the story from where the last person left off.  The last person was responsible for adding a moral or lesson.  At the end of the day, we passed the stories around for everyone to read.  It’s was a fun way to end the writing class.

One of the stories elicited a lot of laughs.  It’s about a Pig Farmer named Jeff.  I haven’t corrected grammar mistakes, so you can get a sense of the writing.  FYI, the paragraphs were where the students stopped writing.

One chain story was entitled "Pig Farmer Jeff"

Pig Farmer Jeff

A farmer named Jeff lived on a big farm with his pigs.  One day, there is a celebration of a local traditional festival in his town.  So much pork is needed to be offered to the people!  But there are some problems there…which pigs will be killed?  Many of them have a good relationship with Jeff, and they loved each other…not only the male ones but the female ones too.  They are a lovely and happy family.  “I can’t do that.  I can’t I can’t…” Jeff cried in a corner.

At the same time, the village head came to the farm.  He looked at these fat pigs, and he dreams of all the roast pork.  So he orders Jeff to offer these pigs before tonight.  Jeff hate the village head.  He decide to protect his pigs.  So he starts making a plan to try and save the poor pigs.

He gave money to his pigs.  Each pig could afford to buy plane tickets to go abroad.  So the pigs survived.  Several years after, the pigs back from abroad to see farmer Jeff.  Jeff was so pleased that all of his pigs had been successful.  Jeff lived with his pigs together happily forever.  One of the pigs named Rafael, she wrote the story down.

This story tells us that the corner is a good place for crying.  We can come up with good ideas when crying in a corner.

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One comment

  1. I think the last paragraph is the funniest 🙂 I will have to remember to go cry in a corner the next time I have a problem to solve 🙂

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