Teaching Ideas : Easter Tales
One of the best ways of helping the children demonstrate their understanding of a range of narrative structures is by getting them to edit and change stories using an Easter theme.
The class can select Easter characters to use in traditional stories to explore the impact on the content and structure.
You can also get the children to select scenes from their favourite stories to adapt to an Easter setting such as a story set in a school for magic bunnies instead of wizards. The class also try different ways of presenting their Easter tales by using shadow puppets or audio books.
The children can show their understanding of how fables are formatted and structured by getting them to select Easter characters to replace some of the animals that feature in a particular fable. For example, the children can practise rewriting the story of the Hare and the Tortoise to use the characters of the a rabbit and a chick to match an Easter theme. Get the class to map the sequence of events in the original fable to help them edit and make changes to match the alternative characters. Remind the children to check that the changed fable still teaches the reader the same moral lesson.
The class can also practise editing and changes one of their favourite traditional stories to match an Easter theme. For example, the children could use the story of the Princess and the Pea to explore how the narrative might change using a rabbit visiting a home who could be tested to see if he was the real Easter Bunny by placing an egg under some mattresses to see what happens in the morning. Encourage the class to make flow charts showing the sequence of events in the original stories before changing the settings and characters to match an Easter theme.
You can also get the children to explore the narrative structure of stories by selecting a scene from one of their favourite books. The class can suggest how to use alternative settings and characters in a story to match an Easter theme. For example, if the children select a scene from a story about a school for wizards they could change the narrative to match a school for Easter bunnies. Alternatively, if the class select a story about a sweet making factory this can be adapted as an Easter egg factory where some of the characters get trapped inside an egg to be sent to the shops.
Once the children have completed their story adaptations to use an Easter theme they can select different ways of presenting and performing the tales to other class in the school. The children could choose to record their adapted stories as play scripts which can then be performed using shadow puppets to other groups in the school. Alternatively, the children could record their adapted stories as an audio file to store on the school network for the other pupils in the school to access. Similarly, the class could also create books containing their stories to place inside the school library for other children to borrow and read.
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