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The Man of the Island

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Use context to learn new vocabulary, practice making comparisons across texts, and write a passage of instructional text.

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May 7, 2018

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

The Man of the Island


Lesson plan and additional resources.

Learning Objectives

  • To explain the meaning of new vocabulary in the context of the text.
  • To make comparisons across texts.
  • To write instructional text.

Guiding Ideas

This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Reading and Responding

Students listen to the extract from Treasure Island where Jim meets Ben Gunn for the first time.

  • [Provided in attached zip file, Lesson 2 - The Man of the Island Resources, Extracts]

Students follow the text and then re-read the text with a partner taking turns to read a paragraph and helping each other with any difficult vocabulary. Work in partners and highlight any words that they don’t know the meaning of. Feedback and list the words as a class.

Divide up the words so that each child has six to focus on (teacher could differentiate at this point).

Students work in pairs and complete a table with the following headings:

  • Word
  • What I think it means
  • What it actually means
    • [Handout provided in attached zip file, Lesson 2 - The Man of the Island Resources, Reading Resources]

They write the word then read it in the context of the sentence and have a go at explaining what they think the word means. They do this with each of the words in turn until they have explained what they think each word means. Students should write in pen so that they cannot adjust their answers when they’ve found out the real meaning.

Quick recap on how to use a dictionary effectively. Children look up the words in a dictionary and complete the ‘what it actually means’ section of the table.

Feedback and record word meanings for working wall.

End by asking each child to write a sentence on whiteboards using one of the new words that they have learned over the course of the lesson.

Comparative Analysis: Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe

Give students the background context for the Robinson Crusoe extract. E.g. Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island. Following an encounter with cannibals, he rescues a man and names him Friday, after the day on which his life was saved.

  • [Provided in attached zip file, Lesson 2 - The Man of the Island Resources, Extracts]

Students read the excerpt from Robinson Crusoe with a partner taking turns to read a paragraph and helping each other with any difficult vocabulary. Discuss any tricky vocabulary as a class and see if children can apply the skills from the previous lesson.

Drama: Split the class into two groups and put children into pairs. Half of the class role plays the encounter between Jim and Ben Gunn; the other half of the class role plays the encounter between Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday.

Children perform their role plays and then discuss how a similar event is represented in both texts. What are the key similarities? What are the differences? Give feedback.

Additional supporting activities can be found in the attached zip file.

Student Activities

Start by loading the attached Minecraft world file.

Immersive Activity: Finding The Treasure

  • Open Chest 3 to start.
  • Navigate to find Ben Gunn (the marooned sailor) on the East coast of the island and follow his clues to locate the Look Out and his Survival Guide.
  • Read the survival task information from Ben Gunn e.g. list of things children need to find on the Island to survive: food, fresh water, shelter.
  • Students then create their own shelter on the island and following the instructions.

Writing Task

Explain to the students that they are going to write an instruction text entitled ‘Island Survival’ based on their experience in the game and of the Treasure Island text.

Students will need to use their experience in the game  when planning their text. Remind them that they are writing the instructions as if they are Ben Gunn so their title should be ‘Ben Gunn’s Guide to Island Survival’ or something similar.

Give the students the boxed-up planning template, [See attached zip file - Lesson 2 - The Man of the Island Resources, Writing Resources] which contains prompts for each of the different sections that they are going to write about. Model how to plan the first section using the prompts on the template.

Students complete the planning template independently.

Peer-editing of the template. [See attached zip file - Lesson 2 - The Man of the Island Resources, Writing Resources].

Performance Expectations

  • Students a active participants in all activities.
  • Students are able to explain the meaning of new vocabulary in the context of the text.
  • Students are able to make comparisons across texts.
  • Students are able to write instructional text.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

The Man of the Island


Lesson plan and additional resources.