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Son of an otter, son of a wolf

on April 28, 2014

I’ve been using Tales from Old Ireland by Malachy Doyle and Niamh Sharkey as material for my kids class. The kids, all aged around 11, speak good English and want to maintain their skills rather than learn lots of grammar and do exercises. I decided to check their understanding of the story Son of an Otter, Son of a Wolf by getting them to draw a picture based on a scene from the story and then to describe it to me.

If you don’t know the story, here’s a brief summary of the part we read:
Cormac, the King of Ireland had three daughters. While Cormac was away, they got the idea to swim in the lake and bathe, which, of course, they had been told not to do. Whilst doing so, an otter approached one of the daughters, seduced her into swimming with him, and got her pregnant (how this was achieved was, thankfully, not described in the text). The daughter is ashamed, and tells her father, who passes the boy, Lorcan, off as his own. The little Otter-boy, is very aggressive and angry, and wants the king to hand over his crown to him, but the king refuses. After a lot of arguing there is a battle and the Otter-boy becomes king.

And here are the resulting pictures, which showed that the kids were paying attention, although I don’t remember any mention of underpants in the story…

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