This engaging and informative lesson helps students to make detailed interpretations about two of the main characters in David Almond’s Skellig: Michael and Mina. In particular, students comprehend the character traits of the two characters, before analysing the development of their relationship over the course of the story.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Defining and exemplifying the key character traits of both Michael and Mina;
- Reading and tracking Michael and Mina's relationship development throughout the story;
- Analysing how and why Michael and Mina's relationship becomes so strong by the end of the story;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts;
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Character Profile Sheets - Michael and Mina (pdf and word);
- Relationship Development Graph (pdf and word);
- Essay Template;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with a year 7 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 4 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
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