Our class read the story "The Rough-Faced Girl" by Rafe
Martin and David Shannon. This is a story about a girl and her two
jealous and mean sisters. It is similar to the various
"Cinderella" stories that we have grown up with and loved as
children. Rough-Faced Girl is the Native American version of this story.
In the story, the Rough-faced Girl has two sisters who treat her as
though she was their servant. They are cruel to her and treat her badly.
In contrast to the American version of the story, the handsome person
that every girl wants to marry isn't a prince, but is an Invisible
Being. This "Invisible Being" is not a person but a
representation of nature, something Native Americans hold very sacred.
Eventually the Rough-Faced Girl falls in love, marries the Invisible
Being, and becomes very beautiful.
Our class worked together to do activities which had the children create their own stories, changing an ending, writing a poem, or creating a graphic organizer. In the process our class illustrated pictures, blended parts of our individual stories, voted on selections and worked cooperatively. In addition, the illustrations not voted on for publication were hung in our classroom so that everyone's artwork could be displayed and admired.
The students had an enjoyable time working together, and are very excited to see their writing and artwork published.
The Rough-Face Girl (a changed ending)
So the rough-faced girl was on her way to answer the questions of
the invisible beings sister. When she got there she said, " I have
come to answer the questions." The sisters said, "All right.
What is the bow made of?" "The bow is made of wood and animal
skin." Said the rough-faced girl. " No! That is wrong. What is
the belt made of? The belt is made of vines and shells. No that is
wrong. What is the sled made of?" Asked the sisters. "It is
made of tree trunks and animal bones." Answered the rough-faced
girl. "No, that is wrong." Said the sister. The sister was
confused she could not under stand why she got the questions wrong. She
knew that she had a good heart. "There is the invisible being. I
found her." Said the rough-faced girl. " She is not lying she
really can see the invisible being." Said the sister. So they made
a promise that they would be good sisters forever. She could only see
her. The rough-faced girl got a special wish from the invisible being.
She got beautiful skin and her hair was soft but she had made a
wonderful friend with the invisible being.
The Rough Face Girl
There was a rough face girl
By Brian E., Erik B., Katie K., & Matt F.
Cinderella is so pretty
By Chelsea C., Katelyn K., Christopher B. & Lauren D.
The Rough Face Girl Book Review
There once was a girl who was very pretty. She had two sisters who
were very mean to her. They made her sit by the fire and feed the
flames. Her hands got all scars and burns from the fire. Her hair got
all sandy and dirty. She became very ugly but inside she was nice. There
was a Invisible being in the town. He lived in a great big wigwam at the
end of the town. Only his sister could see him. One day the two mean
sisters went to their father and said, "Father give us some pearls.
Give some new buckskin dresses, give us some fancy moccasins" So
their father did. Then they went to marry the invisible being. But only
the one who can see him can marry him. They went to the big wigwam and
said to the sisters, " We've come to marry the invisible
being." The sister said, "but only the one that can see him
can marry him." They said, "We could see him" So the
sister said, "What is his bow made of?" They answered wrong.
Then she asked them what his sleigh made of? They said, "The green
of the willow branch" She said, "No, you have not seen him. Go
home! " But the sisters said, "we have seen him just stop
asking us such silly questions" She put them in a room. They heard
breathing but they did not see anyone .In the morning they had to go
home ashamed. The rough face girl asked her father for pearls, fancy
moccasins and buckskin dresses. But he did not have any left for her. So
she took the things he had. Everyone laughed at her as she walked
through the town. She was going to marry the invisible being. She saw
the sister. The sister asked her all the questions that she asked the
two sisters she got them all right. At last she married the invisible
being. The sister told her to bath in the lake. She did. She became
beautiful. They went away in a canoe and lived happily ever after.
In the story rough face girl there was a wigwam and on it there was trees, berries, rainbows, eagle, crow, animals, moon, stars, grass roses and a sun.
In the wigwam was an invisible man. The rough face girl wanted to marry the invisible man so she went to the wigwam to see him. Although she wasn't so pretty she turned pretty in the end.
By Eddie C., Jennifer N., Thomas B. & Diana S.
THE ROUGH FACE GIRL
The sun is shining,
By Caitlin F., Samantha M., Robert M., Daniel W. & Nicholas V.
Meeting New York State’s ELA Standards
#1: Information and Understanding
#2: Literary Response and Expression
#3: Critical Analysis and Evaluation#4: Social Interaction