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The Emperor’s New Clothes

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.

By Spencer Kayden
From the April 2018 Issue

Learning Objective: to analyze characters’ motivation in a work of fiction using ideas in an informational text

Other Key Skills: character, development of ideas and events, inference, close reading, critical thinking, integrating ideas
Topic: SEL,
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Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building

1. PREPARING TO READ

2. READING AND DISCUSSING THE PLAY (30 minutes)

3. READING THE INFORMATIONAL TEXT (15 minutes)

4. SKILL BUILDING

Differentiated Writing Prompts
For On Level Readers

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.

For Struggling Readers

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.

 

For Advanced Readers

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.

 

CUSTOMIZED PERFORMANCE TASKS
For Leaders

Write a speech to inspire your classmates to speak up when they have something to say.

For Storytellers

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.