The Pied Piper vs. The City of Hamelin

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
Pros

  • Provides a glossary of common legal terms
  • A creative way to reinforce the theme of the story
Cons

  • None