King Midas
Lesson Plan

created by Kathleen Thiebert

Classroom Theater

Use the Classroom Theater version of this story (coming soon!) so the students can put on their own performance of "King Midas." Give a copy of the play to each student who has a part.

Things to Talk About

  • What was unusual about the Banker, Mr. Midas?
  • Did Mr. Midas know his son's age? Why is this an important point in the story?
  • What happens each time Mr. Conscience appears in the story?
  • What catastrophe almost took place because of Mr. Midas's Greed?
  • Did Mr. Midas ever change his mind about money? Explain your answer.

Write Your Own

List other famous people such as sports figures, politicians, business tycoons, or celebrities that are greedy. Choose one person on your list and write your interpretation of how that individual gave into greed and what happened because of his or her greediness.

Careful Reading

1) Paraphrase (Use your own words):
Working together for a common goal (p.35)

2) What is unusual about these two phrases? Explain.
Once upon a dime. (p.29)
"Ben Franklin and U.S. Grant!"(P.30)

Interesting Words

First define the words below by using the context clues in the book. Next, write a synonym for each word listed. (Use your own words.) Please note that these page numbers are for the story in the book and not the Readers Theater. The Readers Theater does not contain all of these words

1. (p.30) scorcher 6. (p.33) darted
2. (p.30) ecstasy 7. (p.34) incredulous
3. (p.31) conscience 8. (p. 34) collapsed
4. (p.31) convertible 9. (p.35) chump
5. (p.33) vanished 10. (p. 38) gawked

Creative Activities

  • Besides money, what else could a greedy person desire?
  • Pretend you are (Ms.) Mr. Conscience. You know someone in your class who cheats to get "A's". Write a story, using dialogue between you and the greedy student, where you teach the student that cheating doesn't pay.
  • What problems in the news have been caused by greed? How were they or how might they be resolved?
  • Divide into small groups and write a community fairy tale. First make a list of characters, describe each character, then come up with a one or two sentence summary of a newfangled-style fairy tale. When the group is ready, let one student write down the first sentence of the story. The next student will then continue the story with his or her own sentence. Keep doing this until the story is finished. Make sure that each student's sentence makes sense in the context of the sentences that preceded it.