|The Swedish fairy tale
"The King's Choice", published on the Web site
Whootie Owl's Stories
to Grow By, is a great tool for teaching students to make
predictions. Make sure you print out a copy of the story to read aloud to your
students. Before reading the story, you should mark the following places
in the story where you will want to pause to ask What do you think will
happen next? How do you think it will happen? Why did the author choose
to tell this right now? What did you find surprising (funny or weird) about this
excerpt? You could have students
share their predictions orally. Alternatively you could draw a large chart and
record their predictions as they make them. Make sure to put the page number on
- Pause after the opening paragraph, which ends…
…Any of the councillors could rise to become a fine leader, thought the
King, but which one had the necessary inner strength?
…to ask students which of the King's councillors they think might be best
suited to take the King's place.
- Pause after paragraph 7, which ends…
The wind whirled about, wrapping his woodcutter's garments tightly
around him. Meanwhile, the boat nearly tipped over and the voices on board
…to ask students to predict what will happen next in the story.
- Pause after paragraph 18, which ends…
The King continued, "I will announce my decision at a royal banquet to
be held the day after tomorrow."
…to ask students to predict what will happen the next day? Who will show up
for the King's royal banquet, since all of the councillors have already
committed to being at the woodcutter's feast? Who might be chosen at the royal
banquet to take over the King's role?
Have students record the next -- final -- prediction in writing; they
should record the reasons behind their predictions, including information from
the parts of the story already read that lead them to think that way.
- Pause after paragraph 27, which reads…
An hour later, a frazzled Lukas was led before the King's throne.
…to ask students to predict what might happen next in the story.
After sharing the fairy tale "The King's Choice" with students and giving
them several opportunities to predict what will happen next, you might use one
of the following "making predictions" lesson ideas as a follow-up. Look through
the lesson ideas to find one that is appropriate for the grade level you teach