We read Brave Irene by
William Steig. Since our school system focuses on character traits,
we discussed Irene's bravery and perseverance as we read the
story. We read the story up to the point where Irene arrives
at the palace - without the dress. Before we read the original
ending by Mr. Steig, we wrote our own ending as a shared writing
Then we went to the computer
lab to illustrate our story. Each student got one sentence to
illustrate. The sentence was typed in Word, and the picture
file inserted at the top of the page. We printed several
copies of each page and bound them to create a book. We
presented a copy to the media center and placed a copy of our book
in our classroom library. Here is the ending of our story.
Our own ending
by Mrs. Gassmann's Second Graders
knocked on the door. "I lost the dress," she said sadly.
"It's okay, " the duchess replied. I have another dress to
"It's red and
blue with green stripes. Your mother made it for me last year,"
the duchess said.
"Can I please
come in for a minute? It is freezing out here." Irene shivered
on the cold, snowy porch.
"You poor dear,
you can come in." the duchess said. "Would you like a cup
"Yes, please. I
would like some."
As she walked through
the ballroom everyone was whispering and staring at Irene.
"Look at that small girl in the wet clothes." "Where
did she come from?" they said. Irene felt shy and embarrassed.
The duchess asked
Irene if she wanted some dry clothes. She took Irene upstairs and
gave her a dress she had saved from when she was a little girl. The
dress was glittery pink with a wide silk sash. Irene felt special -
like a princess!
When they went
downstairs the duchess announced that Irene had arrived. The
duchess' son asked Irene to dance.
"It would be my
pleasure," Irene said.
So they danced and
danced until Irene couldn't dance any longer.
As they were resting
and sipping their cocoa, Irene suddenly remembered her mother.
"My mother!" Irene exclaimed.
Just then there was a
knock on the door. It was Mrs. Bobbin!
"Irene! How long
have you been here? I've been worried sick!" She gave Irene a
"Momma, I'm so
sorry. I lost the dress you made. I tried my best to deliver it but
the wind was too strong. It blew the dress away," Irene told
dumpling. Look what I found." In her arms was the dress!
The duchess convinced
Mrs. Bobbin to put on the dress and join the party. They danced, ate
and drank cocoa all night long. This was the best day ever for Irene
and her mother. After hearing about how brave her daughter was, Mrs.
Bobbin made a toast to Irene… the girl who showed the most
perseverance of all!
Everyone cheered for
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