This week we have been reading the 'Chinese New Year Animal Zodiac Story'. A long time ago in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals there was to be a swimming race. After reading the story The X-Men reading group used a SOLO hot map to describe the rat and the dragon from the story. They then collaborated on their description below.
WALT – Describe characters in a story
In the story of the Chinese Zodiac there are many animals. One animal in the story is the rat. The rat came first in the race so had the first year of the zodiac named after him. The rat was also mean because he pushed the cat from the ox into the water. Although the rat was only small he was smart to trick the cat. Now this is meant to be why rats and cats never get along.
Another animal in the story is the dragon. The dragon finished in fifth place in the race, so has the fifth year of the zodiac named after him. The dragon was kind and helped the animals and the people by making rain so they had fresh water to drink. He also helped the rabbit by blowing the wind, which pushed the log the rabbit was on to the riverbank helping him finish the race.
Overall we think the dragon was the best animal in the race because he helped others instead of cheating like the rat.