Māori Myths Magnified | Character Analysis Activities

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Explore Maori Myths and Legends and the mythical world of Māori Gods and Supernatural Beings with our engaging Māori Myths Magnified character analysis activities. Your students will enjoy analysing both the well known and lesser known characters from Māori legends (Pūrākau). The completed character posters also make a beautiful display. But make no mistake – this is not simply an art activity. Reading, writing, critical thinking and art are combined into this creative and comprehensive activity. We’ve even provided this as both a paper-based and digital resource.

Integrate the Maori culture into your reading program with our texts and information cards. We have provided differentiated texts and two text styles to ensure that this is an activity for all students in your class to complete – inclusion (woo hoo!).
This resource features British spelling and A4 paper size.
In this Māori Myths Magnified pack (150 pages in total) you will receive:
Six Differentiated Māori Myth and Legend Texts at two levels
  • How Māui Slowed The Sun
  • Hatupatu and the Bird-Woman
  • Māui and the Giant Fish
  • Paikea and the Whale
  • Kupe and the giant wheke
  • How Māui Discovered Fire
Fact Cards for 45 Māori Gods and Supernatural Beings
  • Shorter texts suitable for lower-level readers
Character Analysis Prompts Poster
  • Help students to focus on their character analysis
48 Māori Myth and Legends Magnified Posters for students to complete
A Full Digital Google Slides Version of this Resource
  • This resource is suitable for Google Drive, Google Classroom, or Microsoft OneDrive (instructions included), and can be used on multiple devices!
Tips for Use
Additional Posters:
  • What is a Myth?
  • Features of Myths
  • What is a Legend?
  • Features of Legends
Māori Gods and Supernatural Beings included:
  • Aratiotio
  • Ārohirohi
  • Auahitūroa
  • Haumia Tiketike
  • Hine-Nui-Te-Pō
  • Hinemoana
  • Hineraukatauri
  • Hineteiwaiwa
  • Ika Roa
  • Ikatere
  • Io Matea Kore
  • Kahukura
  • Kiwa
  • Kūī
  • Mahuika
  • Makeatutara
  • Maru x 2
  • Māui
  • Papatūānuku
  • Pūhaorangi
  • Punga
  • Tipua
  • Ranginui
  • Rehua
  • Rohe
  • Rongo Mā Tāne
  • Ruaumoko
  • Tama-Nui-Te-Rā
  • Tāne Mahuta
  • Tāne-rore
  • Tangaroa
  • Tangotango
  • Tāwhaki
  • Tāwhirimātea
  • Te Marama
  • Tinirau
  • Tū-Te-Wehi-Wehi
  • Tūmatauenga
  • Uenuku x 2
  • Urutengangana
  • Whaitiri
  • Whio


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