Help! My tutor is coming out on Thursday and requested a literacy lesson. My scheme of work which is still being prepared is myths and legends so looks at a variety from other cultures etc. I am working with a low ability year 6 (aged 11) class with quite a range of ability. There are 21 pupils in the class. I want it to be really invigorating because I have some boys who hate literacy in the class. I was planning on doing a lesson on Pandora's box but want some help with planning because due to the placement being my final and scariest block, it is worth 40 credits! Prior: The pupils will have looked at myths such as 'How Night Came into the World' and compare the features and see whether they could change our definition of a myth (mindmap). I would also have had a large mysterious box sitting in the room which pupils would be forbidden to look in - hopefully curiosity will get the better of some of them. I want to somehow bring in the message 'Curiosity kills the cat' if appropriate. Introduction: *Recap on myths and legends. * Discuss what things they would eliminate from the world if they could - Place on post it notes (and maybe in the box) * Did anyone look in the box? Why would they want to? *Use website listed in resource area to do some shared reading with class and stop before Pandora opens the box. Middle/main section: * Group pupils fairly with two groups looking at reasons why Pandora should open the box and two looking at why she shouldn't look in the box - Use A3 sheets and markers to record this. (How much time should I allocate for this?) * Use conscience alley for a select pupil to be Pandora and walk down a wall of pupils either side of her who give her reasons why she should open the box and why she shouldn't. - Pupil could make decision and justify it. * Allow pupils to sit down and with enthusiasm ask if we should read on and find out what happens... *Discuss whether they liked the myth.. are there any similarities with myths we have been looking at before. Plenary: * Extension: Pupils writing a sorry letter or diary entry from Pandora? * Getting pupils to make a summarising sentence/moral. Resources: *Post-it notes *Iwb * http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/story562-pandoras-box.html *A3 sheets *Markers Differentiation: LA having more support and writing frame. MA: Using more feeling words. - How else can I stretch higher ability? Any help is appreciated.