Last week saw Ferdinand wash up on the magical island inhabited by Prospero and Miranda. He begins to explore the island looking for food and water until he hears something.
Prior to writing we will discuss what has happened so far and what we know about each character to help us develop a character profile for each person in the play.
Meanwhile on another part of the island Ariel (the spirit) finds his master Prospero. What conversation do you think they might have had? Children to role play the possible conversation between the master and the spirits what might they talk about? What has happened in the story between the two? What is the history of the island and why is Ariel working for Prospero? Would this have an impact on the conversation? Children will be reminded of the rules for writing a conversation within a story. They will also be reminded to not just write the conversation but to include other details such as what is going on around them etc.
Ariel and Prospero had a conversation regarding the storm that raged and discussed the fact that Propsero was the one who released him from the evil witch Sycorax and so Prospero makes him do one last task before his promise of being set free is completed. Children to take turns being Prospero and Ariel and to then showcase their conversations with each other in the class.
Paragraph Two - Following the spirit
Ariel travels and arrives back to Ferdinand. Ariel guides Ferdinand through different parts of the island until they reach a clearing where Prospero and Miranda are sitting.
The children will use their great knowledge of descriptive writing to describe the journey through the island while also describing the spirit and Ferdinands feelings.
Paragraph Three - Ferdinand fights with Prospero
Following the arrival, Miranda instantly fell in love and could not believe the beauty that stood before her but because he was on an enchanted isle he believed her to be a goddess. But in an instant Prospero screamed at him, "You are a spy and I will punish you!" He used his magic and fixed Ferdinand to the spot. Miranda pleaded for her father to stop but he refused and Ferdinand was made to complete any jobs that were asked of him.....
A writing project we undertook to enable the children to enjoy William Shakespeare while at the same time re-writing his play and creating some great artwork around it.