Use thinking maps to explore both fictional and real-life goodies and baddies, say Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis…
‘Heroes and villains’ is an excellent topic to explore our rich and varied literary heritage, one of the aims of the English programme of study at KS2.
For this lesson plan, we have drawn on the experiences of Sharon, a Y3 teacher at Deri View Primary in Abergavenny, who shows how she used a circle map, one of a number of thinking maps set out by academics Hyerle and Alper, to help children clarify their thinking about the topic and build a foundation for discussion and writing.
What they’ll learn
Identify common characteristics of heroes and villains
Clearly explain their ideas and where these come from
Follow rules for classroom discussion; speaking, listening and responding to what people say
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