King Midas and the Acrostic Poem

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SWBAT write an acrostic poem that is developed with facts and details to explain King Midas.

Big Idea

The moral of King Midas is that your words can get you into trouble and students will read about how this affected the king. They will then use the myth to write an acrostic poem.

Predicting Power

5 minutes

Before we read and annotate, I hand out sticky notes (everyone gets the same color, they will need a second color later) to open this lesson. I explain that students need to write down a couple of sentences about how they would feel if they could turn anything touched to gold. They will write their thoughts on the sticky and then place the sticky note on the corner of their desk for later. 

Reading Selection

10 minutes

I then ask if anyone recognizes or has a guess about the myth we might be about to read. Instead of talking about it, I want them to give me a thumbs up of they are pretty sure they know it, and a thumbs sideways if they have a guess. This gives me an idea of who might have some prior knowledge before reading the article. 

I ask the class to read the article and make notes as they read. I remind them to annotate and highlight as they read. They need to look for key details that are important to retelling the story. If they do not need the fact for retelling I do not want them to highlight that part. I model this with the first paragraph. I show them how I would highlight what I would need to retell that part. 

I then give them time to read, annotate, and take notes on the selection. I want them to write on the article, and also keep track of their thinking. 

K.I.N.G Acrostic Poem

15 minutes

When we have completed the reading I want to discuss what they have learned. I also want them to connect to their original sticky notes. I hand out another color of sticky note and have them answer the same question as before. What would it be like if your touch turned things to gold? We then discuss what they learned and if their opinion changed after reading the article. We also discuss the moral or lesson within the story. 

After the discussion, I ask the class if they can remember what an Acrostic Poem looks like. Most do not remember, but I write the word LOVE on the board in a column. It is after this that I show them how I try to come up with another word that starts with the letter L and relates to love. This has the class remembering this type of poem and how it is written. I have them help me with the letter O, so that I know that they are aready to write. I would continue to model if needed. 

The assignment is to use the letters of KING MIDAS to write an acrostic poem. I explain that as they think of words and phrases for the letter it needs to relate back to the story of the Golden Touch and what they learned about the king.