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A Day In The Life...

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.

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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

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Scan for key information in a text.

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.

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?

Student Activities

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.

  1. Eat some fresh food and drink for breakfast then take Stella for a walk along the beach.
  2. Catch at least 5 different kinds of fish using either the trident or a fishing rod in the chest. If you wish, take out the small rowing boat by the outrigger.
  3. Go for a swim underwater in the old wreck near Michael’s cave. See if you find anything interesting.
  4. Climb to the top of both hills and look out to sea. Write down what you might be feeling or thinking.
  5. Eat and drink something for lunch.
  6. Check on the orangutans (Endermen) in the forest Make sure you locate at least two of them. Try to follow them for a while and be sure they are OK.
  7. Collect some flowers and other objects for Kensuke to use in his art work.
  8. Go back to bed in your cave and write up your account of the day in your journal by your bedside.

IDEAS BOOK (Also in Chest)

Write about each activity.

  1. Walking the Dog
  2. Fishing Notes
  3. Swimming the wreck
  4. Looking out to Sea
  5. Following the orangutans (Endermen)
  6. Gathering art materials
  7. When you get back to your cave look back over all your notes and write an account of your day.

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?

Performance Expectations

  • Students are active participants in each activity.
  • Students are able to scan for key information in a text.
  • Students are able to write up an account of the day in their journals

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

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.