Icarus and Daedalus

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Resources: Junior High School
Book: Icarus and Daedalus
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Date: Sunday, 29 January 2023, 2:19 PM


1. Begin Your Lesson

Opening: Write the day and date on board. We suggest you start the session with a song or video. (see below) Fellows and students greet each other. Engage in a conversation with the students about some of these familiar topics.


·               Fellow says: “Good morning/afternoon, students!”

o      Students say: Good …!

·               Fellow says: “It’s nice to see you again.”

o      Students say: I'm glad to see you too. (If needed, explain that glad means happy.)

·               Fellow says: “Welcome to our lesson.”

·               Fellow says: “My name is “…” “What’s your name?”

·               Student says: “My name is “…” That student turns to next student and asks, “What’s your name?” The next student says… “My name is…” (Continue speaking and practicing names with each student in the group.)

·               Fellow asks: “How are you? What’s new?”

    • Student says: I'm good/ I'm fine/ I'm all right

·               Fellow asks: “How is your day?” Student says: It is good. / My day was great/fine.

·               Fellow asks: What time is it? Practice saying the time with students…

·               Fellow asks: “What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?” Practice answering these questions with the students.  

·               Fellow asks: “What season are we in now?” Practice saying, The season is … with the students.

·               Fellow asks: “What is the month?” Practice saying today is “…….” with students.

    • What month is your birthday in? Students answer, “My birthday is in the month of “…” Student asks other student. What month is your birthday in…?

·               Fellow asks: “How’s the weather?”

o   Students practice saying: It is cloudy/ it's rainy/ it's hot/ it’s nice/ sunny/ windy / cold / foggy…

·               Fellow asks: “Are you ready to start our activities today?”

    • Students: “Yes!!”  

2. View the video: “The Boy Who Flew Too High”

NOTE: This lesson is for advanced students.

 View the video: “The Boy Who Flew Too High”

 Then read the following story aloud. The students may have read the story in the classroom as well.

3. Discuss: Icarus and Daedalus Questions

Discuss the following questions with the students after viewing the video and reading the story aloud.

·         What happened to Icarus at the end of the printed story?

(He flew too close to the sun and died.)

·         What happened to Icarus at the end of the video?

(Icarus plunged into the sea after the wax on his wings melted. He managed to swim back to the shore. – Icarus and Daedalus were captured again by King Midas.)

·         How is the ending different in “The Boy Who Flew Too High” compared to “The Story of Daedalus and Icarus?”


(In the video Icarus did not die.)


·         What age group do you think the video was targeting? What age group do you think the written story was aiming for?


(The video was for younger kids, maybe 8-11 years old. The written story was for older kids – maybe 10-13 years and older…)


·         Why do you think the producer of the video changed the ending in the story of “The Boy Who Flew Too High”?


(Perhaps the person who made the video didn’t want the younger children exposed to a character dying at the end… didn’t want to upset the kids… (various other opinions okay – the goal is to get your students thinking and speaking…)


·         Which ending do you prefer (like better) and why? Discuss your answer with a partner.

(Various answers.)


·         After hearing these stories, what do you think are the lessons to be learned from the myth of Daedalus and Icarus?

(You should always listen to your parents…, various answers… )

4. Finish Your Lesson

Closing: After each session before you say goodbye, ask students to reflect on the lesson.

·   Fellow asks: What was fascinating/interesting about the lesson? What did you like?

 ·   Ask each student to tell you 5 new English words they learned today.

o   Repeat the new words after the student says them. Then, repeat the new words with the student again so he/she practices English and learns the correct pronunciation.

·   Ask: What is one question you still have about what you learned today?

 ·   Ask: What would you like to learn more about?

 Say goodbye to the students. Tell them you are looking forward to seeing them next time… Fellow says: Have a good day/afternoon… See you next time…