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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
February Unit Lesson Plan Part 1: The Theme of Love & Appreciation
month of LOVE and surely there are plenty of stories which cover the
“traditional” love story. Our worldly stories, however, teach us so much
about love than just that. This month we
will explore six love stories, each from a different country and each with
their own unique message about what it means to love and be loved in return.
This week’s story is about appreciation: appreciation for what we have that
money can’t buy: the true love of another.
The story of a
conceited princess of England who thought that no man was worthy of her hand.
The prince of Denmark, however, is determined to change her mind. He sends many
a gift, each one she destroys, literally, along with his pride, but, alas, he
is determined to change her proud ways. He decides to go to the kingdom in
disguise, tricks her into marriage and forces her to live a life of the common
woman. Through a series of unfortunate events, she learns an important lesson about
herself and what it means to truly love another through appreciation.
A story from Denmark,
this European Folk Tale is a wonderful tale of appreciation of the common gifts
in life that wealth cannot buy, most importantly of these, love. A common story
thread, a member of royalty is forced to live a life of a commoner and learns a
great deal about life and love in the process. Learning to appreciate life’s
greatest gifts…values we want to instill in our students and a reminder for all
of us of what is most important.
This story meets
Common Core Standards for 2nd -4th grade and is a wonderful addition to a
February Unit surrounding the Theme of Love and to teach the literary skills of
Characterization, Sequence of Events, and Cause & Effect. This story also
lends well to Compare/Contrast stories with a similar plot line and
similar/different outcomes. We offer a wonderful Decision Map FREE to support
teaching Characterization which will help students recognize the value of the
lesson in this story surrounding love and appreciation. Extend your standard
learning of the literary skills with a story that your students will sure to
ponder and love. Happy LOVE Storytelling!