The first two lessons were straightforward essays. This lesson required a little more imagination. The lesson required the writer to rewrite a Native American folk tale titled “Rainbow Crow”. The teaching section of the lesson covered the vital parts to a story, alliteration, similes, metaphors, and five senses adjectives.
IEW Advanced US History
11 April 2017
Rainbow Crow’s Sacrifice
Once upon a time, there was a lively forest filled with friendly animals. The animals lived in harmony together in their lustrous home. The air was constantly abuzz with the happy chattering of squirrels and the melodious strains of birds. The animals spent their days searching for food, which was quite bountiful in their undisturbed forest, and playing with one another. When winter came, pristine snowflakes began to fall from the sky. The animals were delighted and thoroughly enjoyed their new toy.
The snow continued to fall furiously, blanketing the ground in a crisp, crunchy cover. The poor animals, freezing and thoroughly miserable, wanted more than anything for the snow to stop. Only the Great Spirit, Kijamub Ka’ong, could make the snow stop and relieve the animals from their calamitous situation. Gray Feather the owl, both wise and innovative, led the council where they determined who would petition the Great Spirit.
“We need someone to fly like the wind,” Gray Feather hooted.
“I could do it!” Goober, the gliding squirrel, squeaked.
“You can’t even fly; all that you can do is glide!” Puffy the bunny quickly contested.
“That is not all,” Gray Feather continued, “we also need someone who can please Kijamub Ka’ong, so he will meet our request.”
“I could show him the juggling act I’ve been working on!” Chippy the chipmunk shrieked excitedly, “I’m quite good!”
Gray Feather shook his head gravely, “No, we need something more impressive.”
“I could go,” Rainbow Crow strutted to the front.
“Why of course!” Goober cried, “There is no one more colorful and graceful than Rainbow Crow!”
“And no one can sing more beautifully than she in the whole forest!” Chippy exclaimed.
“If anyone can convince Kijamub Ka’ong to stop the snow, Rainbow Crow can,” Puffy declared confidently.
Gray Feather quickly agreed and emboldened Rainbow Crow for the arduous journey into the heavens with a few quick words.
“You are our prized representative, the jewel of this whole forest. May the winds of the sky speed you in your journey.”
With that, Rainbow Crow ascended into the sky. She flew north for hundreds and thousands of miles. The wind blew all around her, causing a strong whistling sound as the breeze cascaded over her wings. Eventually, she flew up and up and up until she had flown past the sun! Soon, she stood before the Great Spirit, Kijamub Ka’ong. Rainbow crow opened her beak and stunningly beautiful strains of music came forth. Kijamub Ka’ong listened delightedly to the enchanting song.
“Rainbow Crow, what can I do for you?” inquired Kijamub Ka’ong.
Rainbow crow responded, “We who live in the forest beyond the mountains are very cold and were hoping that you could turn back the snow.”
Kijamub stroked his beard, “I cannot turn back the snow, but I can give you a gift to fight off the cold.”
With that, he plunged his stick straight into the sun and placed the now blazing stick into Rainbow Crow’s beak.
“Take this back to the forest. It is called ‘fire’. It will keep you and your friends warm through the coldest months.”
Rainbow Crow rapidly descended with the precious fire stick. The soot and the smoke from the stick quickly turned her gorgeous rainbow feathers black and transformed her supreme singing voice into a raspy croak. Eventually, Rainbow Crow arrived back home with the fire stick and the cold forest animals quickly showed their appreciation and gathered around the blazing fire. Rainbow Crow’s sacrifice of both her beauty and voice saved her friends and forever changed the world with fire.