The Legend of the Bluebonnet Sample - Aug-Intel

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THE LEGEND OF THE
BLUEBONNET
Story Elements
By Cinda Keane
CHARACTERS
 Comanche
People
 She-Who-Is-Alone
 Great Spirits
SETTING

The story takes place long ago on the plains of
Texas within a tribe of nomadic Indians.
PROBLEM
The land and the people are dying because of a
drought.
 They dance and sing, but the Great Spirits send
no rain.

EVENTS
The shaman tells the people that
the Great Spirits say the people
must give back to the earth and
sacrifice the most valuable
possession among them.
 The people think about it, but
don’t know what they should
sacrifice.

EVENTS
She-Who-Is-Alone takes her doll, which is her
most valuable possession, and burns it in the
middle of the night as a sacrifice to the Great
Spirits.
 She scatters the ashes to the North, East,
South, and West, then falls asleep.

SOLUTION

In the morning, SheWho-Is-Alone and all
the people wake to
find bluebonnets
covering the hills and
rain falling from the
sky. The drought is
over!

The little girl’s name is
changed to One-WhoDearly-Loved-HerPeople.
STORY MAP
CHARACTERS
Comanche People
She-Who-Is-Alone
Great Spirits
SETTING
Texas plains
Long ago
PROBLEM
Drought (no rain)
People are dying
EVENTS
Great Spirits tell people to
sacrifice.
EVENTS
People don’t know what She-Who-Is-Alone sacrifices
SOLUTION
to sacrifice.
her doll and scatters the
In the morning,
ashes.
bluebonnets cover the hills,
and the rain comes.
Name changed to She-WhoDearly-Loved-Her-People.
SUMMARY

Long ago on the Texas plains, the Comanche
people are having a terrible drought that is causing
many to die. The Great Spirit tells the shaman
that the people must sacrifice something of great
value. She-Who-Is-Alone takes her doll to the hill
and burns it in the night. She scatters its ashes in
all directions and falls asleep. In the morning, she
and the people wake to find bluebonnets
everywhere, and it is finally raining! The people
change the girl’s name to She-Who-Dearly-LovedHer-People.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS…

What traits helped the She-Who-Is-Alone solve
the problem?

How would the story be different if set in
modern times?

What lesson could we learn from the way SheWho-Is-Alone solved the problem?

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