Three Little Pigs vs. the Wolf

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Finley sixth-graders in Jann Canfield’s class tested their argumentative and writing skills in a courtroom-like setting when Glen Cove City Court Judge Richard McCord visited their school.

Prior to Judge McCord’s visit, the children read “The Three Little Pigs” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” and broke into groups to research, discuss and write a paper on who was to blame for the events concerning the pigs and the wolf.

Defenders of the pigs cited the wolf’s history with Little Red Riding Hood in their arguments. Meanwhile, wolf supporters argued he was only trying to borrow some sugar from the pigs, who were not very nice. As part of the exercise, each group stood before the judge, stated their claim and presented evidence.

Judge McCord listened to all of the students’ arguments and research before rendering his verdict for the pigs. According to Canfield, the students presented strong arguments for both sides. She said the activity reinforced their recent studies on the difference between persuasive and argumentative writing.