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In a Rising Wind on a Rising Sea

A reflective session, allowing time for personal response as demanded by the story.

Lesson length: 1 session

Lesson from A Story Like the Wind series

Required reading: 72 - end

Purpose

The final section of this story implies unspoken questions about what will happen next to the travelling companions in their fragile vessel on a treacherous sea. This lesson allows reflective space for children to process their thoughts individually before coming together as a group.

Preparation

  • Drawing and writing materials. A3 paper is best as it gives more opportunity for freedom of expression.
  • Create a calm mood and space for reading the final section of this poignant story.
  • Calm music – possibly a solo violin to play quietly while children are responding to the text.
  • Projection of the final spread using a visualiser or tablet.

Process

Explain to the children that you are going to read the final section of the story. When you have finished, you are going to ask them to draw or write, any thoughts that they have about the story. They should do this without talking to anyone. There will be time for talking later.

Read the story.

Ask the children to choose materials for drawing, writing or both and to put their responses onto paper. Their responses can be drawings, notes, questions, favourite quotations. 

After 5 – 10 minutes (depending on the level of engagement). Ask the children to share their thoughts in pairs or small groups.

Final reflection

Gather the class. Explore different responses. 

Teacher’s note: As this is a deeply emotional story, it is best to let the feelings percolate rather than rush to quickly to a critical-analytical approach. The ending can be revisited later.

Teacher’s note: You might follow this lesson with the language study lesson ‘In a small boat, with a small hope’.

Contributors

Nikki Gamble

Nikki Gamble
Director, Just Imagine
Nikki has worked extensively in schools across the UK and internationally. She is the author of Exploring Children’s Literature (4th edit) (2019) and co-author of Guiding Readers (2016) which was awarded the UKLA Academic Book of the Year Award 2017. Nikki is KS2 reading advisor and series consultant for Oxford University Press and content creator for the Oxford School Improvement and Oxford Owl websites. Nikki is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education and Honorary Fellow at the University of Winchester

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