The Tempest: Shipwrecked!

Imagine that you have been shipwrecked with a group of people and a limited amount of supplies. You must prioritize. What do you need and whom do you choose? Take an adventure with a scenario based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, that invites readers to peruse a list of crew members and materials, and decide the people and the items that are most important.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members write about their decisions and chosen scenario in a narrative story
  • Work as a class to debate the benefits of each item or crew member
Classroom Considerations

  • The instructions are confusing
  • Contains some grammar mistakes
  • With so many choices (12 people, 15 items), readers may miss the point of scarcity and difficult decision making; therefore, consider cutting down the total amount of choices offered
Pros

  • Encourages readers to connect to the text in a creative way
  • A fun way to introduce the characters and plot
Cons

  • The assignment sheet would need to be rewritten to correct typos and clarify the directions
Common Core