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Oct 13, 2011

Teeny Tiny Template

One of my favorite stories to read to the students in October is "The Teeny Tiny Woman". The repetition of the story and the ghostly voice the character hears as she hides under the covers, simply  grabs the students' attention and never lets go!

After reading the story, I usually have the students help me write a Teeny Tiny tale of our own - an adapation based on the story I had just read. First, I model how to use the graphic organizer I created to assist students in planning their own original version of the tale.  Then,  we fill-in the story template together. The story can be spooky and Halloween related or have nothing at all to do with ghostly creatures.
Once we have written a class story using the template below, most students are ready and anxious to develop their own version of this traditional English ghost tale.

This is a fun one... and the stories are always so cute. You'll want to film or record your students reading these!

Click here to download the graphic organizer for free.  You can find the entire 30 page file which includes the organizer, 8 page story template, an "About the Author" page, 2 different cover pages, and two completed student samples in my TPT store . More screen shots available there!

Happy October!


  1. I don't know how it is that I don't have that book? I will have to get it! =) Thanks for sharing!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. This is one of my favorite books to read to the kiddies! I've had them make their own teeny tiny stories in the past, but this makes it so much easier. I'm definitely going to have to buy your unit.:(

  3. I just downloaded this...never have even read the book - say what!??! I KNOW!! And I LOVE Tommie DePaola. Now I'm on a hunt for it!! thank you!!

  4. OMG. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!!!!!