The flying, crowing, strutting figure of Peter Pan is known to kids of all ages, but how much do we really know? In this lesson, your class will use the Peter Pan and Neverland workbook to take a closer look at Peter and his world.
Students will be able to write an opinion piece with supporting points and clear and appropriate organization. Students will be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they read excerpts from Peter Pan. Students will be able to interpret the figurative language of Peter Pan in the excerpts provided.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Tell students that today they will be introduced to Peter Pan and the idea of never growing up.
- Activate their prior knowledge and ideas with a few short questions. Examples of these questions are: Can anyone tell me who Peter Pan is? Why is Peter Pan so special? Why might someone want to stay a child forever?
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Pass out the Peter Pan and Neverland workbooks.
- Instruct students to take out their pencils and turn to page 3, titled To Grow Up or Not to Grow Up.
- Read the paragraph and instructions aloud to the class.
- Make sure students understand the instructions. If necessary, define the terms "pro" and "con" to your class.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Display the pros/cons chart using an interactive whiteboard, document camera, or projector. Alternatively, draw your own pros/cons chart on the whiteboard.
- Ask your class to imagine that they would stay children forever. What are some things they would like about being a child forever?
- Record two students' answers in the Pros column.
- Ask your class what they would dislike about being a child forever.
- Record two students' answers in the Cons column.
Independent Working Time (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to finish completing the pros/cons chart on page 3 independently.
- As they work, pass out crayons and colored pencils.
- Once they've finished page 3, have your class work on pages 4 and 5 as well.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to compare/contrast Peter Pan with another literary character, such as Harry Potter. Instruct them to complete a Venn diagram to show the similarities and differences between the two main characters.
- Support: Gather students who need additional support into a small group. Discuss the elements of a persuasive paragraph: what must be included? Read the excerpt on Visualizing Neverland together, and encourage students to highlight or underline descriptive words. They can use these to inform their drawings.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Collect each student's workbook after all three pages have been completed. Grade their work.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Remind your students that Peter and his Lost Boys have chosen to stay on Neverland forever and never grow up.
- Ask them reflection questions about this concept. Great examples include: Why would someone choose to never grow up? If you had the chance, would you stay in Neverland or come home to grow up? Why?
- Tell students to think about these questions as they go through the rest of their day. They can tell you their responses at the beginning of the next class if they want to share.