The Song of the Harpy Eagle is a language arts based adventure. Students read and listen to the poetry and the songs found on the Adventure Pages. Several of the Activity Pages also provide opportunities for your students to write and to speak (if you have them share what they write). The following activities are designed to get your students thinking and writing:
1. Travel Log - Students make brief written entries to to record their thoughts/feelings as they 'travel' and to keep track of important information they will need to complete the 'quest.'
2. Lost and Found - Students get 'lost' and have to write their way back to the group.
3. Animal Rap - Students create two-line rhymes about the animal they just encountered.
4. Conversations and Complaints with Catrina - Students read a conversation between the fictitious students they are 'traveling' with, then write their own contribution to the conversation.
In some cases, you may wish to provide specific guidelines for the writing students do while completing these activities. For example, you might limit their writing to a specific number of sentences. Or, you might expand on the theme of an activity. For example, after students list their interpretations of the messages in the animals songs (Travel Log), you may have them write a sentence or two explaining how the messages relate everyday life. If reading the story as a class, you might break away from the text but continue to suspend the class's disbelief by having context-related class discussions, that is, as if you are in the middle of the adventure discussing the circumstances and your reactions to them.
Note: We recommend that you go through the adventure before leading your students through it, determining which Activity Pages meet your curricular objectives and will fit in the time frame in which you are working. See Different Ways to Reach the Top. Also, go to the Adventure Guide for Teachers for quick links to the activities for review.
Many of the words your students will encounter in The Song of the Harpy Eagle are vocabulary words they will also find in your rain forest unit.