The Poor Dog and the Ring
I created the Scratch animation “The Poor Dog and The Ring “as my response to a project to create an interactive ethical story. An ethical story is a story that shows what the consequences are of both doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing. It can also inspire people to make a lot of ethical decisions in life. It demonstrates the different benefits of doing the right thing and can include role models for people to follow.
My story is about a poor dog living on the streets with no home, shoes, or good clothing. One day, as he’s begging for money, like he does everyday, he sees a lady drop something on the ground. He calls for her to tell her that she dropped something, but she doesn’t respond. It turns out that she dropped a beautiful diamond ring that must have been worth a fortune. The dog must decide if he should sell the ring so he could receive that fortune, or if he should return the ring back to the woman. The ethical decision would be returning the ring back to the woman so the dog could receive a big cash reward that he hadn’t known about before. If he didn’t, then he would get robbed of the money that he received from selling the ring, and be left worse than the way he started.
My story was inspired by the folk tale called “The Poor Old Dog”. This story is about a poor dog who begs on the street to get new shoes, a coat, and a home. He ends up finding a diamond ring, and thinking that it was magical, he rubs it to make his wishes of shoes, clothes, and a home come true. Nothing happens so he keeps the ring, and a few months later he reads a sign seeking the return of a lost gold ring. He returns the ring and is of course rewarded with enough money for a coat, shoes, and home.
I think I was successful in creating my story because it is interactive and its ethical. In my story, the player has the ability to make a decision that would change the ending of the story. There are to completely different choices included that the player can choose, sell, or return, which would later determine the ending of the story. I included credit for the dog that I got from the Internet, and I credited the story that I modified in the project notes. My story is definitely appropriate for children up to 13 years old as well. The only part that I was unsuccessful at was getting the length to 3 minutes long. My story was only about 1 ½ minutes long only because there wasn’t really much to put into such a long time length like 3 minutes.