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Map Legend vs. Story Legend
Social Studies, Language Arts
Title – Map Legend vs. Story Legend
By – Nancy Hagerty
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 1-2
Map Legend vs. Story Legend
Objective: After listening to a reading of The Legend of Mackinac Island (Wargin), the students will create their own island, complete with its own legend.
— Writing paper
— Drawing paper
— Assorted art supplies
How many of you have heard of Mackinac Island? Has anyone been there?
What are some things about Mackinac Island that you can tell us about?
Can someone show us where exactly it is located on the map?
Many of Michigan’s cities are named after Native Americans. Native Americans often use legends to explain things in nature that we don’t quite understand. I want to share this book with you today. The illustrator of this book lives right here in Michigan. He lives in Bath, MI on a 27-acre farm. He has been painting and illustrating since he was 5 years old. These illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Some pictures are drawn from birdseye view and others are drawn from a different perspective. Let’s listen to the story and see if we can discover the legend of Mackinac.
— The teacher will read the story.
— After the reading, the teacher will check for story comprehension, as well as, understanding of the new term, legend.
— The teacher will lead the students in a discussion about map legends and story legends.
Check for Understanding:
— The teacher will give an example of a map legend and ask students which type of legend it is and why.
— The teacher will ask the students if the story of “The Three Bears” is a legend and ask them to explain why not.
— Each student will create an island of their choice, using materials from the art table.
— Students must include a map legend with at least 5 different items.
— The students will assemble together on the carpet to discuss their finished projects.
— We will reflect about what was easy/difficult about the assignment and why.
— Are the islands the same or different?
— Students will be encouraged to share one positive statement with each student who chooses to share.
— Students will invent a story legend about their islands.
— The story will have at least 5 sentences.
— Remember that a story needs a beginning, middle and end.
— The students will create a giant wall mural with all of the islands attached.
— The story legends will be made into a class booklet.
— The product of the island and story will be assessed.
1. Were the directions followed?
2. How many items were included in the map legend?
3. Are there 5 sentences in the story?
4. Do they make sense?
5. Is there a beginning, middle and end?
Special needs note: Lower level writers could work with me to develop their sentences.
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