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Escape!

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justifying inferences with evidence : Point+Evidence+Explanation.

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September 24, 2019

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Kensuke's Kingdom World File

Kensuke's Kingdom world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Litcraft Website

LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.

Supporting Files

Escape


Full lesson plan and additional activities.

Kensuke's Kingdom Extracts


Extracts from Kensuke's Kingdom to support activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate active reading strategies.

Guiding Ideas

This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

Shared reading aloud of Chapter 10 from p. 155 to the end of the chapter.

Children work in groups and look closely at the final section of the text. Ask them to pick out  key passages that they think are really important and ask them to explain why - e.g. Kensuke’s  decision not to leave (p. 158); the three promises Kensuke asks Michael to make (p. 159).

Ask children to work in their groups and come up with their own questions about the last part  of the book. If this activity needs to be more structured, give them question topics to focus on  e.g. character feelings and emotions, changing relationship between characters etc.

Jigsaw the children so that they are working in different groups. Children use their questions  to run a guided reading discussion session. At the end of the session, children could be asked  to summarise, and feedback, their key thoughts about the final chapter of the book.

Use their feedback to discuss the changing relationship between Kensuke and Michael as the  central thread that runs through the book. Return to Michael’s assertion at the beginning of

the story that he has ‘had to live out a lie’. What do children think this means now that they  have finished reading the book?

After this, children revisit their character timeline and complete it showing the how the  relationship between Kensuke and Michael changes again in the final chapters of the book.

  • Do you think Kensuke makes the right decision? Why? Why not?
  • What does Michael’s response tell you about his character?
  • What three things does Kensuke ask Michael to promise? What does each promise do?

Student Activities

In-Game Activity: Escape

Although Michael is happy with Kensuke he still wants to escape. Try some of the different  things he does to help him get off the island:

  1. Go to the bottom of the island and find the boat. Go south as far as you can until the  island is just out of sight. How does this make you feel? Write notes down in the ideas  notebook.
  2. Build a giant bonfire on top of Kensuke’s hill and set fire to it.
  3. Take the rowing boat and this time go due East from the island (to the right). What do  you find? [Peggy Sue is located just out of sight over the horizon line]

FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY:

The children could reply to the letter from Kensuke’s son, as if they are Michael, and use  details from the text to tell Kensuke’s son about his father’s life on the island.

Performance Expectations

  • Students are active participants in each activity.
  • Demonstrate active reading strategies.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Kensuke's Kingdom World File

Kensuke's Kingdom world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Litcraft Website

LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.

Supporting Files

Escape


Full lesson plan and additional activities.

Kensuke's Kingdom Extracts


Extracts from Kensuke's Kingdom to support activities.

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