Challenge students to write an ending for this tale of a lesson learned.
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Begin the lesson by telling students that you are going to read aloud part of a story about a prince and a princess who are extremely happy except for one thing. Encourage students to listen carefully because when you finish reading you will ask them to write an ending for the story.
Read aloud the first nine paragraphs of the story. The story tells of a prince and princess, newly married, who are extremely happy except the only thing that seemed at all less than perfect was the worry that over time their perfect happiness and contentment could fade. The couple approaches a wise old hermit who sends them on a mission.
Instead of reading aloud the story if you teach third or fourth grade you might provide students with a copy of the first nine paragraphs of the story for them to read to themselves.Read aloud (or have students read) through the end of the paragraph that says Discouraged, the prince and princess returned to the wise old man's hut. The hermit asked them what they had found.
This is the point where you want to leave students hanging. The ending is probably pretty obvious to most students; they will likely see clearly that the prince and princess learned that perfect happiness is not possible; everyone (every couple) has something in their lives that they would like to change. Encourage students to write an ending, in their own words, to the story. The ending should detail the conversation the prince and princess have with the wise old hermit as they tell him the lesson they have learned from their travels.
Depending on the grade you teach, you might
Did students follow the instructions? Did they meet the expectations you had for their writing?
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Health
The health lesson presented in this story is a lesson of mental health. It is the lesson that perfect happiness is not possible; that everyone has issues or circumstances with which they must come to terms.
GRADES K - 4
NPH-H.K-4.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NPH-H.K-4.4 Health Influences
NPH-H.K-4.5 Using Communication Skills to Promote Health
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