After reading John Henry as a read aloud, the class
decided to rewrite the ending so that the hero, John Henry would
live on to do many more wonderful feats with his two hammers.
We also discussed the qualities that made John Henry
so special as a hero and thought about their own qualities that make
Our activity was to compare John Henry’s qualities
and to list their own special qualities.
Here is our new version of John Henry:
John Henry was an American Hero. He
was born with a hammer in each hand. As a baby he was so strong that
he would lift furniture to help his mom clean around the house. As
he grew he would take his hammers and knock down trees and break
them into firewood for his dad to sell.
John Henry was good and kind
even though he looked strong and gigantic. He never walked by
someone with helping them out. When he heard about the new railroad
being built across America, he took his hammers and went to help put
down the tracks.
He even beat the steam drilling
machine in digging a road through a mountain of rock. It wore him
out so bad that he passed out and slept for 2 weeks. When the
President heard about how strong and fast he was, he hired John
Henry to do some jobs for our country. Here’s a list of what he did:
He hammered out the Presidents’
heads on Mount Rushmore.
He dug out huge canyons in the
He hammered a road through a
gigantic redwood tree in California.
To us John Henry is our American
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