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King Midas

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Activities in this lesson include reading the full text of King Midas, learning about the features of a myth where someone learns a lesson, answering higher and lower order questions about King Midas, writing a tweet and writing a modern myth.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on peer assessment with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   

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These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Myths lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for King Midas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to evaluate this lesson. This is what it said:

    Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning Together
    The King Midas lesson resource featured in this post is a gem for integrating the teaching of English skills and evidence-based learning (EBL) skills. Built around the familiar myth of King Midas, it allows you to teach reading, writing, comprehension, and critical thinking skills while also developing key EBL competencies like collaboration, peer assessment, and metacognition.

    Why Use Myths to Teach EBL Skills?
    Once students know a myth well, you can ask increasingly complex questions about the characters, plot, themes etc. This promotes higher order thinking. Myths also lend themselves well to collaborative activities like co-writing modernised versions. Students learn so much from explaining ideas to peers and critiquing each other’s work.

    Key Features of the King Midas Resource:
    – Differentiated questions on the myth to build comprehension
    – Writing tasks like drafting tweets and modern myths
    – Numerous chances for peer discussion and assessment
    – Explicit teaching of what each EBL skill is and why it matters
    – Self-review tasks that develop vital metacognitive skills

    Integrating English and EBL learning this way allows students to apply critical and creative thinking skills to rich narrative texts. This engagement and sense of purpose accelerates both literacy and cognitive development.

    With its appealing theme and ready-to-go lesson materials, this resource makes it easy to embed EBL strategies into your English teaching. I give it 5 stars for its inspirational design and multifaceted learning outcomes.

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King Midas - Myth - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
King Midas