8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Act out a day in the life of Michael, shipwrecked on the island while scanning for key information in a text.
September 24, 2019
Kensuke's Kingdom World File
Kensuke's Kingdom world in Minecraft to support lessons.
LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.
A Day In The Life of Michael
Full lesson plan and additional activities.
Kensuke's Kingdom Extracts
Extracts from Kensuke's Kingdom to support activities.
This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
Reading aloud/shared reading of Chapter 7
Students re-read pp. 101-104 and scan the text for information about Kensuke’s cave. Using the information from the text they either create a model of Kensuke’s cave working in groups; or create a drawing of the cave working groups. The children annotate the models/drawings with information from the text.
Students could do a short writing activity from their work on the text and create an Estate Agent’s description of Kensuke’s cave using language from the text.
Students re-read pp. 108-109.
Work through the passage and pull out the main events of the day in order. Now write these
down as a list and give each activity a rough corresponding time of day.
How is it different from your day? What strikes you most about it?
In-Game Activity: A Day In the Life
In this task you are going to act out a day in the life of Michael, shipwrecked on the island. Follow the outline of his day below and perform all these activities. Use your ideas notebook to jot down notes or how you feel about a particular task.
IDEAS BOOK (Also in Chest)
Write about each activity.
Remember to write about what you thought and felt, not just what you did.
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY:
Students use the notes made in-game to write up their own experience of a “Day in the Life” on the island (or they can write in the notebook IN GAME. [Screenshots can be taken of the journal notes or they can just work from the screen]
Students should have the opportunity to discuss their feelings about being stranded on an island. What has it taught them about Kensuke and Michael? Is it better to be together or to be divided? Why?
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