Essential questions: Why is it important to speak your mind? What can make it difficult to speak up? How can vanity be harmful?
This hilarious play based is based on the classic the short story by Hans Christian Andersen. An informational text about finding the courage to speak up follows the play.
Learning Objective: to analyze characters’ motivation in a work of fiction using ideas in an informational text
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING AND DISCUSSING THE PLAY (30 minutes)
3. READING THE INFORMATIONAL TEXT (15 minutes)
4. SKILL BUILDING
Why do the characters in the play stay silent? What could have made the situation different? Answer this question in an essay. Use text evidence from the play and the informational text.
Write a paragraph explaining why none of the characters in the play admit that they cannot see the Emperor’s clothes until the final scene. Support your answer with details from the play.
In an essay, explain how people can find the courage to speak up and why it’s important to do so. Draw on the play and informational text.
Write a speech to inspire your classmates to speak up when they have something to say.
Write an alternate version of The Emperor’s New Clothes in which someone speaks up much earlier in the story. Why does that person speak up? What happens as a result? You can create a play, graphic novel, or short story.