Secondary classes studying fables and legends will benefit from this lesson on "The Hummingbird King". Students will enjoy the story, understand theme, consider the sequence of events, and ultimately write about the theme.
The activities help transform this lesson into more than a typical 'read-then-answer questions' short story.
Included in this product are:
--TWO activities (more on those below)
--a lesson plan (complete with essential question, preview --vocabulary, teaching and assessment strategies, etc)
Students begin with the vocabulary: sequence, episode, chronology and flashback. Folk tale, theme, motif and origin are also vocabulary that are featured in this lesson
The slides on the PowerPoint showcase the activating strategy and the retelling. Some PowerPoint slides have timers for your convenience with pacing. (Kids love these!)
Prediction questions, a comic strip sequence chart, and a stick-figure graphic organizer are found on both the PowerPoint and, more importantly, the included student worksheet. Students can follow along with the presentation and the story, "The Hummingbird King."
The lesson indicates where students should read aloud to a partner, and where to stop and discuss.
Later, as a class, students will brainstorm and write on the board the actual sequence of "The Hummingbird King."
I believe the true treasure of this product are the TWO ACTIVITIES. The first is the cut- apart sequencing of the story. Students get to put the blocks in order, which is both fun and educational- and breaks up the cycle of read-then-write. The second activity looks similar to the first, but is actually the sequence already in the correct order, allowing students to re-visit the activity in a differentiated approach. With this activity, students fill in the blanks for the episodes within the sequence.
For further differentiated instruction, there is a challenge after the Exit ticket.
Included in the last 7 slides of the PowerPoint are the pages of lessons/ activities/ worksheets and answer keys, which can easily be printed for your convenience.
I hope you enjoy this lesson!
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