Lesson Plan

The Pied Piper vs. The City of Hamelin

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How would the Pied Piper recover his damages from the deceptive citizens of Hamelin if the story took place today? Explore one of the Pied Piper's options with a short play that depicts a court case in which he sues the city of Hamelin for his missing guilders.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Stage the play in front of another class or parents
  • Use in a unit on conflict or fairy tales 
  • See if class members can change the play to reflect a different ending
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need to have read "The Pied Piper" before beginning the activity
  • Provides a glossary of common legal terms
  • A creative way to reinforce the theme of the story
  • None