That's a neat story, Rena.
In the meantime, Celery did Lesson 10 (split up between yesterday and today). His head wasn't in the game today - he wrote an extension of the The Tale of the Chinese Farmer that was less than 3 full handwritten lines long, and which was something along the lines of:
Later his son got healthy and was dragged into the army. And four years later he became rich! The Farmer was happy.
So, I told him that he got the bad followed by good right, but that if he looked at how the story was structured, it includes the neighbors coming over and commenting on how good/bad the situation is, and then the farmer saying "how do you know it's good/bad?". Celery apparently really didn't like that, as he got mad and erased and crossed out his first draft, so what I wrote above is not necessarily exactly what he wrote.
So, 2nd draft:
Late his got healthy and was dragged into the army to help. The neibors came and said 'This is a bad day for you'. The Farmer said 'How do you know this is a bad day'?
So, I pointed out this was an improvement, but that if you look at the story, it's a bit more descriptive, like saying why the neighbors came, or what they did, or having the neighbors comment on the situation a bit more than "it's a bad day for you". So, for a 3rd draft, he didn't rewrite it, but just tacked on some more at the end:
A few years later the boy came back rich! When the neibors came by to see the boy they saw that he was rich. They said that it was a very good day for him. The Farmer said 'How do you know this is a good day?
So, overall I think he did okay, but he was so mad that I'm not sure he really internalized why the repetitive structure of the story was important. I'm thinking I should bring it up again next time, and also compare it to the Fisherman and His Wife, which also has a repetitive story structure. But on the other hand, I think he'll get mad if I bring it up next time. Wondering if maybe I should be doing WWE or something with him. When he left PS, he hated writing - anything that involved putting a pencil on paper, and he's definitely better at that now. And the kid loves to just get mad about things - if it's not great, it's awful. So, it's always hard to tell if something is a real issue or not.