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Engage Middle and High School Students with the Timeless Tale of "Peter and the Wolf"
The story and musical score of Peter and the Wolf are Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's children's masterpiece. In 2006, Suzie Templeton directed an Oscar-winning animated short film adapting the story for a new audience using the same score. The story is a powerful, coming-of-age story.
Duration of Lesson: The short film runs for only 32 minutes, so it is perfect for an in-class screening and discussion. Kids will enjoy the quirky stop-motion animation. I created a student viewing guide that teachers can use to introduce students to the film and to get kids engaged and talking.
Common Core Standards:
This resource aligns well with the Reading Literature standard RL.9-10.7 that states students should analyze a representation of a subject or a pivotal scene in two different artistic mediums.
This Resource Includes the Following Features:
- Includes Both PDF, Google Apps, and Easel Versions!
- Links to the animated film on the Internet
- Teacher's Guide for Using this Resource in the Classroom
- Includes Questions to Engage Students:
- Entrance and Exit Tickets
- 6 Discussion Questions and Critical Thinking Questions
- 16 Comprehension Questions for viewing the short film
- 5-Question "After the Movie" Easel Assessment
- Homework Assignment (with academic choice)
- Answer Key for all questions
I made this resource with Ninth (or Tenth graders) in mind. It also works well with mature middle school students. You can use this resource as a stand-alone lesson or pair it with a larger unit on fairy tales or short stories. It also works well in a Humanities course, a Russian literature course, a music appreciation course, or a student advisory lesson on bullying, empathy, and loneliness.
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