Learn about the cheeky character of Maui the demigod with our Maui Myths Paired Texts from the Pacific and Polynesian islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, and New Zealand. These fiction-to-fiction paired texts target reading comprehension using two different passages about Māui and his exciting adventures.
What this resource is all about:
Each passage has a range of comprehension questions that target reading strategies such as compare and contrast, summary, making connections, synthesizing, and more. Improve your students’ vocabulary and help them to understand the elements of a myth through comprehensive follow-up activities. Students are required to read and reread both texts and then compare, contrast, analyse and use the information to formulate their answers. Additionally, three end-of-unit writing activities are included, as well as Māui posters for students to highlight their knowledge of Māui as a character.
These worksheets are great for your New Zealand, Australia, or US reading programs: part of a reliever/substitute teacher pack, as ELA test prep, or as homework tasks. These are also suitable as an entry point to Polynesian history!
These link directly to both the New Zealand and Australia Curriculum and the USA Common Core State Standards CCSS (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact skills found in each activity). This resource would also be suitable for Year Seven and Eight learners as the higher-order thinking activities will keep them challenged and engaged!
This resource features British/NZ spelling and paper sizes.
In this pack you will receive:
1. Three paired texts:
Māui and the Sun – Myths from Hawaii and Tahiti
Māui and the Giant Fish – Myths from Tonga and Hawaii
Māui Discovering Fire – Myths from New Zealand (Māori) and Hawaii
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy
Analyze/Analyse (two activities)
3. Additional Writing Tasks to summarize learning.
4. Two posters to highlight the characteristics of Māui.
3. Five Graphic Organiser Examples
Story Plot Mountain
4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions
5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom AND two information sheets explaining the features of myths.
6. Close Reading bookmarks to encourage students to annotate as they reread the texts.
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