Wednesday, December 13, 2017

By the Great Horn Spoon! The next chapter

We loved By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman. However, the book just seems to need "the next part." By popular demand, and the chants of the 4th graders, the next part will be written!

In this post, your job is to tell "the next part." After the happy ending at the long wharf, what would happen to our characters if the story continued? Give it some thought, write what you think would happen, or what you'd like to see happen, and post it here. Be sure that the events you write fit in the scope of the story and would continue right where chapter 18 ends.

Be sure you have strong sentences, good spelling and correct conventions. We are all looking forward to seeing what each 4th grader will add to our recently completed literature study. HAVE FUN with this one, fourth graders!


  1. I can not wait to start this blog!

  2. We did not do this blog when I was in fourth grade!

    1. That is true, Justin. The reaction of the class to the end of the book brought this piece of writing to the blogosphere! I can't wait to see the new ideas!

    Back To Hangtown!

    “Are you ready to start mining?” Praiseworthy said to Aunt Arabella in a cheerful tone.

    “Yes,” she said, smiling.

    As they trotted off to the bay to catch a ship to Hangtown, Jack heard shouting from a large Yankee clipper ship. “Jack! Praiseworthy!” a man from the ship shouted. Jack and Praiseworthy recognized the sailor.

    “Capn’ Swain?” said Praiseworthy.

    “Yes, indeed,” Mr. Swain answered.

    “Who is that man?” asked Constance in a curious voice.

    “Why,” Praiseworthy said, “he is the man who took us to California!”

    “Well, he looks like a fine sailor,” said Aunt Arabella.

    “You need a ship to California again?” Captain Swain questioned. Praiseworthy smiled and showed off his white teeth.

    “Yes we do,” he said.

    As they boarded the ship, Captain Swain asked: “Why did you leave?” Praiseworthy lit a Long Nine cigar.

    “We had enough gold,” Praiseworthy said. “And we were comin’ back. But the capn’ on the ship back exploded the boiler while goin’ to fast.”

    “Doggone,” Captain Swain said.

    “We almost drowned because of our gold,” Praiseworthy said. “We had to let it go.” He blew a puff of smoke. “Now we got colossal amounts of gold selling cats to miners who need to fend off them rats.”

    “I see,” Captain Swain said. “Well, let’s get goin!”

    They set sail for Hangtown.

    “Who’s the lady?” Captain Swain asked.

    “This my new wife, Mrs. Arabella,” Praiseworthy said, cheerfully.

    “Well, she’s a fine woman,” Captain Swain said.

    Later that day, they were at Hangtown.

    “Praiseworthy?” Pitch pine Billy said. “Is that you?”

    “Shore is!” Praiseworthy said.

    “Well what brought you back to Hangtown?” Pitch-pine Billy questioned.

    “I wanted my new wife to mine with us,” Praiseworthy said. “Miss Arabella, this is Pitch-pine Billy.”

    “Well,” Constance said. “I think we should stop talking and-” She was cut off by Sarah finishing her sentence. “START MINING!” Sarah yelled.

    Everybody laughed. “I agree,” Praiseworthy said. “The whole family! And friends!”

    . . .

    In a couple months, they got rich! They bought a big house in California and lived happily ever after.


    1. Great job! I really like how you created an entire script for what everybody says. Great Blog!!

    2. Great job, Elijah! I really liked how you explained the tone that the speaker used!

    3. I agree with both Jeremiah and Naya ˆ. Your writing made it like I was reading more of the original story, Elijah! This is well done and was fun to read!

  4. Enjoy my blog!
    -Elijah H

    1. i did!!! ;) 0o0<00000H
      :) nice job other elijah!

    2. Tanks, Daniel.

    3. Well, thanks to EVERYBODY!:)

  5. Just wanted to say that even though my blog will be posted under my sisters name it will actually be Noah's blog because I am writing my blog on my sisters computer.

  6. The Wedding Day

    Praiseworthy, Aunt Arabella, Jack, Sarah, and Constance arrived into town shocked by a enormous crowd gathering around them. Practically everybody in Hangtown stopped their gold digging and rushed toward the women.

    “Oh golly!” Pitch-Pine billy exclaimed. More women in town. It’s a miracle!

    Praiseworthy laughed at the sound of Pitch-Pine Billy. Praiseworthy then announced that he and Aunt Arabella were going to be
    married right here in Hangtown. Everybody cheered.

    Mountain Jim replied , "But where in Hangtown and when?”

    “Right here right now.” Does that answer your question? Praiseworthy asked.

    “Sure does,” Mountain Jim replied.

    Every gent in town sat or stood while Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella stood in the middle of everybody.

    Pitch-Pine Billy then asked if Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella would
    accept each other to be a wife and husband. They both agreed.

    “Then Bullwhip, you shall kiss the bride,” Pitch-Pine Billy said.

    Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella looked at each other with a smile and kissed. They were officially wife and husband.
    By: Noah

    1. Ah, the wedding! That makes sense to be the next chapter. Nice conversation around the event. Pitch-pine Billy is a minister, or at least someone who can officially marry people? A new plot twist . . .


  7. Chapter 19

    As the happy family walked down the street to get tickets to go on a river boat back to the diggings, many astonished men were staring at Aunt Arabella, Constance and Sarah. After getting tickets to go on the river boat, they met Quartz Jackson near the river.

    "I’d got some things for my missus and I’m heading back home. Who are these folks?" asked Quartz Jackson.

    Praiseworthy smiled and said,"This is my fiance, Miss Arabella," he said pointing towards Aunt Arabella. "These are Miss Constance and Miss Sarah."

    "This is Mr. Quartz Jackson. He helped teach us how to pan,"Jack added as he beamed at Quartz Jackson. They got on the boat and the river boat started to move.

    "It’s a pleasure to meet you,"Aunt Arabella said to Quartz Jackson. The time on the river boat and stagecoach seemed to fly as Aunt Arabella and Constance were talking to Praiseworthy and Jack about their adventure to California, while Sarah and Quartz Jackson were napping almost the whole time. Sarah only woke up when the boat was stuck on a sandbar and was worried about the Indians just as Jack had thought.

    Sarah nervously asked,"What if they come on board?" and Jack reassured her by telling her that the Indians were tame and would not hurt anyone.

    When they reached Hangtown, Praiseworthy built a cabin next to Quartz Jackson’s cabin with Quartz Jackson’s and Pitch-Pine Billy’s help. Praiseworthy and Miss Arabella had a simple, but beautiful wedding.

    Praiseworthy came up with ideas for many essential laws that would greatly benefit the miners. He called for camp meetings with a presiding officer, a recorder and sometimes a marshal who helped make these laws and enforced them. Praiseworthy made a law book with these laws. These laws helped decrease the crime rate in Hangtown. This inspired other campsites to buy copies of Praiseworthy’s law book from him and follow the laws which they did. This brought fame and prosperity to Praiseworthy and his family.

    Now the butler and the boy were happy for they had struck it rich with a joyful and kind family. This was not a happily ever after, for Jack realized he had many more adventures in his life yet to come.

    "By The Great Horn Spoon!" Jack yelled for he was happier than ever.

    1. This is great, Samrita! You touched on so many open ended parts of the story. I think that your ending is perfect-Jack is probably the happiest he's EVER been!

    2. Great job, Samrita! I like that you wrote that Aunt Arabella and Praiseworthy had a simple marrige. Also, that you told about Praiseworthy and his laws.

  8. Epilogue

    Of by the Great Horn Spoon
    By: Gavin Boyd

    The happy family went to buy wood. When they got into town, everyone was surprised.

    “It’s a woman, Bullwhip brought a woman to town!” said Mountain Jim excitedly.

    “She’s beautiful!” Said another miner.

    “What’s her name?” asked Pitch-Pine Billy.

    “Her name’s Arabella, we’re gonna get married.” said Praiseworthy.

    The family walked into the market to buy wood to make their cabin.

    Jack asked Praiseworthy, “Can we get another four shooter? Maybe get one for everyone?”

    “Maybe,” said Praiseworthy.

    Praiseworthy bought 70 pounds of wood to make their cabin. They bought 5 buckskin pouches and five four shooters.

    “How about we go to Shirt-tail Camp where we found most of our gold, it’s a pretty nice place,” said Praiseworthy.

    “Yeah! We were digging Cut-Eye Higgins-”

    “Who’s Cut-Eye Higgins?” asked Aunt Arabella.

    “He’s a guy that steals a bunch of things, he stole our money to get here; luckily we got it back. Anyway, we were digging Cut-Eye Higgins grave because he was going to be hung soon, and we hit bedrock and found lots of gold. But every one has been mining there so there wouldn’t be any gold left, so why don’t we go somewhere else,” said Jack.

    Praiseworthy answered, “True. How about we go back to Hangtown.”

    “I don’t like the sound of Hangtown, it sounds like we would be hung, and plus if you brought my nephew there and it’s a bad place than you’re in big trouble,” said Aunt Arabella.

    “Don’t worry it’s a nice place, you only get hung if you do something against miners law. It’s only called Hangtown because people are typically hung there.”

    “Well, okay. We need to hurry up though, we need to get there before sundown,” answered Arabella.

    They headed to Hangtown and when they got there they knew that the word that a woman was in town.

    To be continued...

    1. Nice job Gavin! I like how you put in a lot of speech.

    2. The dialogue fits in with the book nicely, Gavin. What happens in Hangtown?

  9. Chapter 19
    The House

    “ Let us hitch a ride back to the gold fields,” Praiseworthy said to Aunt Arabella, Constance, Sarah, and Jack.

    They caught a safe boat ride back to the mines. Praiseworthy came up with an idea to keep his family safe. He asked Quartz Jackson if they could stay in his house until he built his own. Once they got to Hangtown, Jack insisted that Praiseworthy eat lunch. Then, Praiseworthy rushed over to Quartz Jackson’s house and asked if his family could stay until he built a house.

    Quartz Jackson said, “Yes, sure you can stay over with the missus. She will be glad to see another woman. Do you want me to help you build the cabin?”

    Praiseworthy replied, “Yes, thanks for asking. Would the missus like to come over for lunch with my wife?”

    “Yes,” called Quartz Jackson’s wife from inside the house.

    “I’ll go tell Miss Arabella about this arrangement,” called Praiseworthy over his shoulder as he walked away.

    Aunt Arabella was preparing lunch when Praiseworthy came back and told her about the arrangement. Aunt Arabella was very pleased about meeting another woman. She immediately started to dish out a portion of the lunch dish for her new acquaintance.

    After a good lunch with the missus, Praiseworthy and his family moved into Quartz Jackson’s house.

    “Let’s go build that cabin!” declared Praiseworthy

    The boys built a small cabin on the side of a river in a day. They made it close to the river so Praiseworthy and Jack could mine closer to the women folk.

    Praiseworthy, Jack, Aunt Arabella, Constance, and Sarah finally moved in to their new house after laborious hours working to build it.

    One day as Praiseworthy and Jack were mining, Praiseworthy hit a toilet paper sized object. Praiseworthy didn’t tell Jack, but dug around it to see what it was. Pretty soon he saw the end of the object, because it wasn’t too big. He got Jack to haul him and the toilet paper sized object up. When he got to the top, Jamoka Jack and Praiseworthy washed the loot and found it was gold! Jack ran to the cabin to tell Aunt Arabella and the rest of his sibling about their find. Aunt Arabella asked if they could buy an oven for the kitchen so she could cook more goods at home. Praiseworthy agreed and went to town with Jack to buy it.

    Chapter 20
    The Fire that Changed Everything

    After Praiseworthy and Jack went to town and bought the oven, they went back to working in the mines. One fateful day when Sarah came to give them their lunch, the house caught on fire from the oven. Aunt Arabella was out getting water for the bread she was making and Constance was stirring the pot for dinner. Constance was right near the oven so her arms and legs were severely burned. The fire was eventually extinguished. They put cold water from the river on Constance’s burns so they stopped burning. Constance was prone to disease and there was an infection going through camp. They all got it except for Praiseworthy and Sarah. Soon, Aunt Arabella and Jack got better. Constance, since her burns and open injuries were so bad, sadly died. They grief hit the family like a brick wall. They were so sad they used the rest of their money to get on a ship and sail back to Boston to try to begin a new life. They purchased a small cottage, learned to deal with their sorrows and lived happily ever after.

    1. Nice Job Naya! I like how you did the next two chapters instead of just one.

    2. I like that they found a huge gold nugget! Would a main character suffer such a tragedy in a book like this one? The end is good as they end up right back in Boston. Is Arabella laughed out of town for marrying her butler?

  10. Epilogue
    After Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella’s marriage news spreaded on, soon Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella became famous. The entire city of Hangtown had a festival just for them. Quartz Jackson’s wife had started to talk to Aunt Arabella a lot after the festival. Quartz Jackson's wife told Aunt Arabella that she was so happy that another woman was here because there are so many men that women were very scarce in the gold rush. So it was hard for her to find other women in the goldfields.
    One day Jack and Praiseworthy started talking about Praiseworthy and his marriage. “It’s truly amazing, ain't it?” said Jack.
    “What's amazing?” said Praiseworthy.
    “How Aunt Arabella and you actually married and how the news spreads so quickly.” Jack answered. Praiseworthy flushed with embarrassment.
    “Well, Jack-” Praiseworthy stopped “you know there aren't that many women here,” Praiseworthy said quickly. Praiseworthy sat with his back on the grass.
    “We will start building a cabin tomorrow,” said Praiseworthy changing the subject. Jack started thinking about how their cabin would look like and started to tell Praiseworthy about it. Right as Jack was starting to tell Praiseworthy that he wanted the cabin to be three stories tall, Aunt Arabella interrupted Jack.

    “Praiseworthy, Jack, come on, our sowbelly and beans are ready and Pitch Pine Billy is hungry. Oh, and bring a stick or something to scare away any claim jumpers. Please don't hurt them,” said Aunt Arabella. Aunt Arabella had become close friends with Pitch Pine Billy not long after her marriage with Praiseworthy. She had even gotten used to having dinners with Pitch Pine Billy.
    When Praiseworthy woke up that morning he sneaked out and started collecting wood. He kept on getting wood until he was splintered and sweaty and could not collect any more wood. He came to his claim late that night when everybody was asleep. When Jack woke up this morning he woke up Praiseworthy with him. Then they started to build the cabin.
    Praiseworthy and Jack worked on building the cabin all day. Nothing stopped them from building this cabin, not even Aunt Arabella’s pleading for them to stay and have a day with her. After two months of work, Jack and Praiseworthy finished building the cabin.

    1. Nice story, Kathryn. You've emphasized the lack of women in the Gold Rush! What happens after the cabin is built?

  11. Bennett BrandenburgJanuary 9, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    By the Great Horn Spoon Part 2

    It was a sunny afternoon in Sacramento. Jack and Praiseworthy had built a cabin there so that Aunt Arabella, Constance, Sarah, Jack, and Praiseworthy could sleep in something other than their tent. Everyone was still jealous of Praiseworthy even though it had been 1 year since he and Arabella gotten married. Jack and Praiseworthy bought new 4-shooters for themselves. There was a lot of whining from Constance and Sarah because they didn’t get one, but that was fixed (with a spanking.) Like Praiseworthy had said, Aunt Arabella had gotten about ten proposals on the first block, but Jack proudly explained how Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella were married. People still asked even though they knew.

    “Does anyone want to get a claim?” questioned Jack. “I know just the place to get one.”

    “Where?” asked Constance excitedly.

    “Hangtown of course!” exclaimed Jack. “We’ll just get some dirt from the ground, put it in the pan, get a claim, then mine with that dirt!

    “Great idea,” said Praiseworthy. We’ll be up and out at the crack of dawn tomorrow.

    The next day, they all went to Hangtown. They were wandering around trying to find a spot for their claim for about two hours when they finally found a spot.

    “Finally,” Aunt Arabella said. “Jack, did you get the stakes and tin cans?”

    “Oops,” Jack muttered.

    “Someone’s going to get spanked!” teased Constance and Sarah.

    “Stop that!” said Aunt Arabella. “Praiseworthy, you’re more responsible, will you go and get the stakes and tin cans?”

    “Alright,” Praiseworthy said.

    “Bye!” said everyone but Jack; he was too embarrassed to speak.

    Praiseworthy was off! It took him two hours to get back on a stagecoach, which took almost the whole day to get back to Sacramento. It was night by the time he got there. It was also night when he realized he didn’t know where the cabin was located. Suddenly, like it popped out of thin air, a fire appeared in Praiseworthy’s line of sight. When Praiseworthy reached it, he saw a man sitting by the fire. Suddenly an idea popped into Praiseworthy’s head. Praiseworthy couldn’t be far, so he decided to ask the man if he knew where the cabin was, because he had probably seen it.

    “Hi, have you seen a cabin around here?” asked Praiseworthy.

    “That way,” the man said, pointing.

    So Praiseworthy got to the cabin and went to sleep, but the next morning he sensed something was wrong. He couldn’t find the stakes or the tin cans anywhere. He searched inside the house, outside the house, and even in the outhouse. He realized the stakes and tin cans probably didn’t just grow feet and leave the cabin. Then he realized a thief probably stole them. So he decided to return to his family in Hangtown and buy stakes and tin cans in the mercantile, but he wasn’t happy. The trip and supplies would be very expensive.

    So he got on a stagecoach, and got off at Hangtown. He kept walking, looking for his family. When he was almost to Aunt Arabella, Jack, Constance, and Sarah (they had to move because no one could stake a claim in their first spot), Praiseworthy noticed someone. He noticed someone without ears mining. Then he realized this guy could have been the thief! When he got closer, he remembered he had carved his name into one of the stakes. So he crept up quietly and looked for his name. The first stake he saw did not have his name. He was getting stressed out, but not much. The second one he saw also didn’t say Praiseworthy on it. Now he was getting tense. Then he saw the third. He thought it was the one, and it read … nothing. He was sweating by now. If the last one didn't have his name on it, he would have to spend a lot of money on stakes and tin cans. Wait, where was the last stake? Praiseworthy spent two minutes frantically trying to find it. Then, there it stood! The last stake was already pounded into the ground. He saw a few letters of faint text that read: PRAI. Once the earless man got up to stretch his arms, Praiseworthy ripped the stake out of the ground, and it read PRAISEWORTHY. The earless man was the thief.

    1. Bennett BrandenburgJanuary 9, 2018 at 4:14 PM

      Praiseworthy got to the tent to his wife and kids and posted a notice in Hangtown right away to call a camp meeting. The final decision was the earless man was banished from the camp and Praiseworthy got his stakes and tin cans back. Praiseworthy got to the tent again right in time for dinner. Everyone was really excited for him to get home, because that meant they got to stake a claim the next morning.

      “Pa, what happened?” asked Sarah.

      After Praiseworthy told the kids about what had happened, Jack had one more thing to say.

      “That’s what I call an adventure!” exclaimed Jack.

      Jack got to drive the first stake in to the ground as a sign that he was forgiven.

      The End

    2. This is outstanding Bennett! You tell a fun adventure with rising action, climax and resolution. You build excitement in the story, and you end it expertly. This was fun to read!

    3. Nice Bennett! I like how you used "mercantile"

  12. Epilogue
    As soon as Praiseworthy and Aunt Arabella got married, they traveled back to Hangtown, though Aunt Arabella thought it sounded dreadful, with Jack, Constance, and Sarah. When news spread around camp about a woman, the men cut their hair, trimmed their beards, and put on their neckties. Aunt Arabella was famous! Friendly miners, like Jimmie-from-Town, were glad for Praiseworthy, while others were very jealous. Praiseworthy was proud. The family built a cabin right next to Quart Jackson’s, outside of the camp. They had enough to survive because Praiseworthy’s family had sent over supplies from England.

    One night, a miner came riding into town. “That Doc. Higgins feller, down in Chili Gulch, he stole a mountain canary who thinks he’s a mule. Name’s Stubb, or so I heard. Shore was valuable! Anyway, Higgins got hanged!” the miner exclaimed. A cheer rose over the crowd that had gathered to hear the news. They knew about Higgins. Jack and Praiseworthy gave each other a look. Stubb!

    Jack and Praiseworthy went over to Chili Gulch to buy back Stubb. They managed to get Stubb back. Now they had a way to carry their grubstake and entertainment for the three kids when Jack was tired of mining. He also bought three four-shooters while they were there; one for Jack, one for Praiseworthy, and one for emergencies. Praiseworthy bought more Long Nine Cigars, because he now smoked them regularly.

    One day, when Jack, Praiseworthy, and Constance wanted pickles, they traveled to the San Francisco. Strangely, they did not see the Lady Wilma. They asked Azariah Jones, and he said Swain went back to Boston. The Lady Wilma had been taken away by robbers. It was long gone. They tried to go through the “Deadly” Strait of Magellan and crashed into a huge boulder with sharp, jagged edges. The ship split in half, and the robbers drowned. Praiseworthy tried to write a letter to Captain Swain in Boston with the kidney pie recipe and the news about the Lady Wilma, but before he could send it Azariah Jones stopped him. He forgot to say that Captain Swain died from typhoid. The family bought a pig for a family pet. The pig oddly was always following Jack. Then, Jack figured out the only possibility: it was Good Luck, the pig he pitched over the side of the Lady Wilma a long time ago so the pig was safe from the cruel chef of the Lady Wilma.
    When the three people traveled back to Hangtown, all the miners were gone. Aunt Arabella said there was a hanging, and word was someone tried to rob the Empire Hotel restaurant. Everyone went to see it. Hangtown then installed a guard for the hotel. As everyone settled in, Aunt Arabella announced that Jack, Constance, and Sarah were soon to have two more siblings. They would name them Wilma and Raven, in honor of Captain Swain.
    The End

    1. You sure did an innovative job of working many parts of the book into your story, Geoffrey! Nicely done. The ending is awesome; to name new siblings after the ships brings a smile to the reader. Creative connections in this post, Geoffrey!

    2. I like how you brought back a lot of characters from By the Great Horn Spoon!