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Complete a character study of Prince Flip-Flop, Prince Flim-Flam or Princess Marigold. Use the PMI chart to record the strengths and weaknesses of the character and to identify interesting examples of their behaviour.
Form small groups based on the selected character studies so that each character is represented within the group. Share your findings and identify the behaviour that you believe shows respect for others and examples that do not show respect. Select an example of both types of behaviour and plan a short skit to demonstrate the way these have been shown in the story.
Hold a class performance session where each group presents their skits. After the performance, discuss the different types of respectful and disrespectful behaviour shown in the skits. Brainstorm and record situations that occur in the classroom and playground where there are opportunities to show respect for others.
Select one situation identified in the class discussion that you can relate to. Use the Story Outline worksheet to describe the situation and to show how people can demonstrate respect for others. Publish your story as a comic strip. Add your comic strip to a class comic book.
Individually, read the class comic book and select the three comic strips that you think best demonstrate the ways that students can demonstrate greater respect for others. Vote for these three comic strips in a class survey. Use the results from the survey to identify the most popular examples and then combine these events into a story. Divide the story into parts and form small groups that will each dramatise a part. Run rehearsals so that each group can practice their section and then bring all the parts together.
Invite another class to be the audience for the class performance. At the conclusion, form mixed groups from both classes and discuss the different examples of respectful behaviour demonstrated in the performance. Each group should select one example and complete a Y Chart to describe what that sort of behaviour 'looks like, 'sounds like' and 'feels like' in the classroom and playground. Come back together as a large group and individually make a commitment to work at being more respectful towards others.
Doing Your Best
Design a poster advertising the hobby or interest of one of the characters in the book (football, poetry writing or growing flowers). Conduct some background research to find out more about the hobby and record notes, diagrams or drawings to inform your poster. Design your poster so that it presents accurate information and encourages others to take up this hobby. Display your poster in the classroom.
How do the characters in the story demonstrate that they work hard at improving their skill or talent? Brainstorm and record examples on strips of paper. Decide which are the most important qualities and sequence them, placing the most important qualities at the top of the list. Publish and display your list, and read the lists completed by the other groups.
Discuss the group findings and identify a set of common qualities that the class believe are necessary for people to develop a skill or talent. Brainstorm and record examples of skills that students in the class may wish to work at so that they can achieve their best in that area. Examples could reflect different aspects of students' everyday lives such as hobbies, sports, social interactions and areas of learning.
Choose one skill or talent that you would like to develop and refer to the displayed lists to help you decide on strategies to use to improve your chosen talent. Conduct background research and make a list of:
Write a schedule to help you include the strategies in your daily life. Collect evidence of your current skill level before you start your schedule, and decide on a way to measure or assess your progress on a regular basis.
Responding to Text
If you were Prince Flim-Flam, what sort of poem would you write to Princess Marigold? Consider the examples in the text (for example, p 30 and 52) and then write your own poem. Publish and practice reading it aloud for class sharing.
Select one character and make a list of words from the story that relate to their special interest. Add further words from your own experience or research and use the list as a starting point to write a description of their hobby. Illustrate your description in a cartoon style similar to that used by Neil Curtis, exaggerating features and important elements to make them stand out.
Create a diorama of the setting of the story based on the information provided in the text and illustrations (for example, the ivory tower on p 13, royal grandstand on p 17, and plants on the back cover and p 13).
Imagine you are a reporter visiting the palace for a big event such as a soccer game with the Bengal Tigers or the marriage of Princess Marigold and Prince Flim-Flam. Prepare a series of interview questions to ask one of the main characters. Select a friend to act as your chosen character and conduct your interview, recording the responses. Publish a newspaper report of the big event including information gained from your interview.