Student Writing- Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trip

EVIL vs. GOOD: The Story of the "SWAMPINATOR" by Ann Witte's Second Grade Class at Hoarce Mann 

Every Wednesday, MOI welcomes a different class to produce and publish a book in two hours. The entire class works together in large and small groups to create a unique story with interesting characters and a imaginative plot. At the end of the field trip, students are charged to write a unique ending to the story. Below you will find the story from Ann Witte's Second Grade Class. If you are interested in volunteering or booking a FREE field trip, please email 

Once upon a time, in an age before computers, there existed GoldTown: a dazzling city filled with royalty and surrounded by a stone wall.

The city was extremely clean and shiny thanks to all the garbage collectors, and was filled with gilded palaces and towers that were so tall they touched the clouds.

One of the residents of GoldTown was Lady Blunderpants: a pretty, 10-year-old girl with dark green hair that sticks straight up, and who always wears a dress made of golden flowers.  She has stretchy arms, and can turn into animals, as well as change colors like a chameleon.  She was a detective whose main goal was to protect GoldTown, along with her best friend Jumbo Gumbo.

Jumbo was a humongous gorilla who always wore overalls.  Jumbo was mainly motivated by his desire for an endless supply of bananas; when too few were available he could create tantrums with the force of a tornado.

The two friends’ main job was to protect their city from the worst villain in town, Lord of the King of Romance.  This 86-year-old man with the skin of a crocodile wanted to turn the gorgeous GoldTown into a swap, because when he wasn’t in Marshland, he would slowly sink into the ground.  He also wanted a place where his robot crocodile minions could thrive



Lord of the King of Romance had come up with a plan to convert the city of GoldTown into one massive swap.  He had created a machine- part tractor, part truck, with a giant fire hydrant on the top that spewed out mucky water- called a Swampinator.  He hopped in his machine and began to drive it into GoldTown.

 Lady and Jumbo were sitting outside a coffee shop, when they suddenly leapt to their feet.  A huge rumbling noise was followed by the sight of Lord of the King of Romance cackling wildly in his Swampinator and his crocodile robots.  

  “Ready Jumbo?” Asked Lady.

  “Let’s do this.” He responded

Each student ends the story with his or her ending. 

This is Sarah's (second grade) ending:

Suddenly the coffee shop turned into a swamp pool and a tree! Then they charged! They threw ten alligators aside. The SWAMPINATOR aimed at Lady Blunderpants, then she turned invisible. "Where did she go?" yelled Lord of the King of Romance! SMASH! Half of the alligators flew towards the SWAMPINATOR! But it did not budge. Lady Blunderpants looked at one of the alligator's eyes. "They are explosive," she said. They threw threw the alligators into the SWAMPINATOR and everything stopped. THE END