Arts & Humanities
The movie is wildly" popular, but what do you really know about Where the Wild Things Are and its author?
Are your students familiar with the story Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak? If not, you might read the book to them, share with them the video version of the story that appears below, or both.
Next, introduce these words that appear in the News Word Box on the students printable page: decorate, relatives, animated, influence, mischief, frail, quirks, imagination, and reduce. Discuss the meanings of any of those words that might be unfamiliar. Then ask students to use one of those words to complete each of these sentences:
Read the News
Click for a printable version of this weeks news story Meet Maurice Sendak.
More Facts to Share
You might share these additional facts with students after they have read this weeks news story.
Use the News
Use the News: Answer Key
Comprehension & Vocabulary Check
1. frail, 2. relatives, 3. animated, 4. influence, 5. imagination, 6. published, 7. mischief, 8. illustrations, 9. decorate, 10. reduce.
Statements should be numbered 6, 2, 3, 7, 1, 5, 8, 4.
Think About the News Where the Wild Things Are caused quite a stir in its day. The scary characters, as well as the fact that Max misbehaves and his mother loses her temper, kept the book off the shelves of many libraries for a time. Of Max, the main character in the book, Sendak says, he wouldn't be invited to Winnie the Pooh's house -- and if he had been, he wouldn't have gone." Why, do you think, did Maurice Sendak say this of Max, his Wild Things hero? (Accept students reasoned responses. For example, students might share that Max and Winnie the Pooh are two very different types of characters/personalities; that Sendak paints more realistic portraits of children than A.A. Milne did in his fairy tales; that Milnes characters were more sweet and Sendaks characters more quirky)
Use the Comprehension Check (above) as an assessment. Or have students work on their own (in their journals) or in their small groups to respond to the Think About the News question above.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.5-8.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.9-12.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
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Article by Gary Hopkins
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