Myths of the Constellations

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Myths of the Constellations

Myths of the Constellations

This set of resources has a specific focus on myths. It offers opportunities to support children in identifying the key themes of the texts and in considering personal responses to the text. As the focus of these units is explicitly to support the development of reading, specific links to guided writing are not exemplified. It is important that guided writing sessions are planned during this sequence and draw on the reading children are undertaking in order to develop their writing skills and some activities have been included for this purpose.

It is highly recommended that teachers use film versions of the stories where possible which will offer further opportunities to explore this text type. However, for the purpose of this unit of work, relevant clips can be viewed via links on the PPT presentation.

KS2 English Teaching Resources: The Myths of the constellations is a complete unit of work (includes a variety of original myths, suggestions for activities, sentence warm up activities and a 68 slide PowerPoint presentation).  Included activities:

1.    Talk for writing – reading as a writer. How does this text make you feel and how has the writer achieved this?

2.    Exploring character – stock characters of good and evil.

3.    Identifying the main points in a story.

4.    Sentence warm up activities

5.    Text structure and planning

6.    Using a writing frame

7.    Zone of relevance activity

8.    Empathising with characters

9.    Drama

10.    Individual, pair and group work.

11.    Creating a plan using a structure.

12.    Writing in the third person.

13.    Writing a short myth.

14.    Creating a visual text using ICT.

15.    Cross curricular links: Science (astronomy)

Guided reading

Although the unit is designed for use with the whole class, teachers could also select aspects of it to use with guided reading groups as the texts are pitched at different levels. Alternatively, class sessions could be followed up during guided reading sessions with a closer look at particular sections of the text - looking, for example, at the language or what has been revealed about plot or character. The grouping for guided reading needs to be linked to assessment and children's curricular targets, to ensure maximum impact on children's reading.

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