Ideas for lesson plans and activities based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin

The last week or so I’ve been reading many different variations of the Pied Piper. I’ve written about some of those different stories. I didn’t share them all with my children, but I read enough of them, and talked enough about the others, that they got a pretty good introduction. Questions to discuss (any of which could lead to the writing of an essay,┬ástory, skit or puppet show). Does the amount of time and effort the piper put into the work matter? Should it matter? The people complain that he did the work so quickly it isn’t worth what they Continue reading

Pied Piper: questions and themes that arise in the different books

The Pied Piper is a very bizarre story. I remember the first time I heard the summary – that a piper was promised money to lure rats out of town and when not paid he lured away the villagers’ children – I wanted to hear the rest of the story. That’s all, I was told, but it didn’t make sense. There has to be more. So now I’ve been reading all the Pied Piper stories I can find and I’m thrilled with the variety of ways in which the stories are interpreted. Different books deal with the challenges in the Continue reading