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Myths and Legends Pacific Islands Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

Grade Levels
4th - 5th
Formats Included
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80 pages
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Improve reading comprehension in your classroom with our differentiated traditional literature close reading passages and questions. This pack includes SEVEN Year Five and Six narrative passages with six pages of engaging text dependent questions and higher order thinking tasks. These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Great for Cook Islands Language Week!

In 2019, Cook Islands Language Week is Sunday 4 August - Saturday 10 August.

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These link directly to the New Zealand Curriculum, Level Three, Listening, Reading and Viewing (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact skills found in each activity).

Myths are included from the following countries: Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau!

This resource would also be suitable for Year Seven and Eight learners as the higher order thinking activities will keep them challenged and engaged!

What this resource is all about:

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Myths of the Pacific texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.

This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).

In this pack you will receive:

1. Seven texts - all with an extended and scaffold version:

  • The Turtle and the Shark - Samoa
  • Ina and the Shark - Cook Islands
  • The Octopus Lure - Tonga
  • The Eel and the Flounder - Tuvalu
  • The Turtles of Namuana - Fiji
  • Mataginifale and the Whale - Niue
  • Hemoana and Fenu - Tokelau

2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the NZ Curriculum

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create

Reading Comprehension Strategies included:

  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualise
  • Make Predictions

3. Four Graphic Organiser Examples

  • Character Map
  • Story Map
  • Story Plot Mountain
  • Flow Diagram

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions

5. Two 'Tips For Use' pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.

This resource features British English spelling e.g. colour, analyse

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Total Pages
80 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.


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