Mini Picturebook Lesson 2: Wild by Emily Hughes

Notes

SynopsisA story about a feral girl.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience, geography, art, citizenship ( children’s rights)
ValuesNature versus nurture, being yourself, empathising
World Event DayWorld Children’s Day

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the girl on the front cover: shape of her face, eyes, skin, mouth, neck and hair.
PredictIs the girl happy or sad? Why do you think?
ChooseFind three things on the front cover that you don’t know how to say in English.
Check Find the words in your dictionary and practise writing and saying them.
CountHow many flowers and colours can you see on the front cover?
Predict Where do you think the girl lives?
PredictLook at the title. What do you think the story is about?

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
Which animals can you see?
Who taught the girl how to speak?
Who taught the girl how to eat?
Who taught the girl how to play?
Who were the ‘new animals’ the girl met in the forest?
Who took care of the girl and why didn’t she like them?
Why was the girl not happy? 
Why did the girl leave her new home?
What is your favourite illustration and why?

STEP 4: Add your Voice

CreateDraw a forest scene you have visited or would like to visit.
Observe
How many plants, flowers, trees can you see where you live?
Think
Why do you think this picturebook is called Wild?
Think
Why do you think the girl preferred living in the forest?
Your opinion
Where would you prefer to live?  The forest or the city?  Why?

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

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Further suggestions for teachers/parents/carers can be found here:  https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/wild

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Wild by Emily Hughes, published by Flying Eye Books 2013

Video © CLPE

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