Maori Myths and Legends 3 Reading Texts and Activities

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Improve reading comprehension in your classroom with our differentiated Maori Legends reading passages and questions. This pack includes four myths and legends passages with six pages of engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks. These worksheets are great for your reading programs, as part of a reliever/substitute teacher pack, or as homework tasks. Suitable as an entry point to Polynesian history!

This resource would also be suitable for Year Seven and Eight learners as the higher order thinking activities will keep them challenged and engaged!

What this Maori Legends resource is all about:

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Maori Myth and Legend (or Pūrākau) texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.

This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).

In this Maori Myths and Legends pack you will receive:

1. Four texts – all with an extended and scaffold version:

  • Uenuku and the Mist Maiden
  • Tūtānekai and Hinemoa
  • Rona and the Moon
  • Pania of the Reef

2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy

  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create

Reading Comprehension Strategies included:

  • Making Connections
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualise
  • Make Predictions

3. Four Graphic Organiser Examples

  • Character Map
  • Story Map
  • Story Plot Mountain
  • Flow Diagram

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions

5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.


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