Maui and the Sun Retold by June Melser

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Wouldn't it be great if we could slow down the earth and make the days longer? That's exactly what happens in Maui and the Sun, as retold by June Mesler. Beginning with an independent reading of this interesting creation myth, learners focus on identifying the problem and solution of the story before participating in a whole-class discussion. To conclude the instructional activity, children demonstrate their reading comprehension and writing skills by creating short summaries of the tale. Include this instructional activity as part of a language arts unit on creation myths, making comparisons between the stories told by various cultures from around the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Key vocabulary and figurative language are provided in the lesson plan
  • Questions for guiding a class discussion about Maui and the Sun are included
Cons

  • A class set of the book Maui and the Sun by June Mesler is required for this lesson
  • Scaffolding is required to support all children with writing summaries of the myth
  • Teacher must choose a specific reading comprehension strategy to address during the lesson