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The King and the Little Prince (credit: Adrian Brooks)
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Junior Writers Review ''The Little Prince'' from ''The Little Prince''
Grades: 6-8
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An operatic adaptation of THE LITTLE PRINCE, with music by Rachel Portman and a libretto by Nicholas Wright, breathes new life into Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic. Students will engage in a series of activities before, during, and after viewing the performance. Before viewing, students will create a piece of art reminiscent of the childhood pictures of the story's narrator, The Pilot, and engage in critical thinking using the K-W-L Chart. They will then take notes during the performance using the Viewing Chart. Postviewing activities include small group and whole class discussions about the program that culminate with critically viewing a Web site and, after planning with the Review Organization Chart, writing a review of the opera.

Time Allotment:
Five (5) class periods

Subject Matter:
Language Arts, The Arts


Students will be able to:

1. Tap prior knowledge, experiences, and personal priorities.

2. Express personal values through art.

3. Identify and evaluate the various aspects of an opera.

4. Utilize the writing process to complete a review.

5. Engage in critical thinking before, during, and after viewing the program.

6. Analyze the style of a written piece and apply it in their own writing.

7. Hone their note-taking skills.

8. Synthesize information to create a piece of writing.

9. Utilize a reference tool to enhance vocabulary and style.

Copy of GREAT PERFORMANCES' "The Little Prince"
Construction paper
Safety scissors
Glue sticks
Markers and/or crayons
Thesaurus for each student
K-W-L Chart
Viewing Chart
Review Organization Chart

Prep for Teachers:
Prior to teaching the lesson, bookmark the Web sites used in the lesson on each computer. Download and print out related student handouts: K-W-L Chart, Viewing Chart, and Review Organization Chart.

Bookmark the following sites:

Sparknotes: English: Literature Study Guides: THE LITTLE PRINCE
This site provides a summary of the book, THE LITTLE PRINCE, which should be read online or in a printout before viewing the performance.

The Little Prince Opera: Reviews
This site contains reviews of the opera from various national newspapers.


English/Language Arts
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

Language Arts
Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

The Arts
The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge
Content Standard 7: Evaluating music and music performances
Students evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own and others' performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations by applying specific criteria appropriate for the style of the music, and offer constructive suggestions for improvement.

This lesson was prepared by Janine Polla Werner.

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