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Read and Understand the 'Myth of Finn McCool'

In this worksheet, students will read the myth of Finn McCool and try to work out why the characters are behaving in particular ways and what happens next.

'Read and Understand the 'Myth of  Finn McCool'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Draw Inferences About Texts

Popular topics:   Reading Comprehension worksheets, Reading worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we are going to look at a myth or legend. These are fictional tales that are often used to tell the story of how somewhere was created or why something happened. They are generally set in a real place but include events that couldn't possibly happen. Some famous myths that you might know are the story of Robin Hood, and also the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.


These pictures are of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland.


Giant's CausewayGiant's Causeway


The rocks are huge boulders that fit together like a paved path, far too heavy to be lifted by people. To explain their creation, people in Ireland have created a myth and tell the story of Finn McCool


Finn McCool

a giant


Finn was fed up. He was a huge giant who lived happily with his wife Oonagh in a cottage by the sea. But, something, or should I say, someone, had come along to ruin his peace.


In Scotland there lived a giant called Benandonner, The Red Man. He had been boasting that he was stronger and bigger than Finn! Finn was so angry that he decided to build a path across the sea to Scotland so he could go and fight him.


So, Finn picked up the boulders from the surrounding hills and threw them into the sea until he had made a path. He yelled across at Benandonner:

"Come on then, Benandonner, if you think you are stronger than me, come and prove it!"


Finn laughed as he sat down on the beach to wait. It didn't take long. Benandonner had already started to walk across from the other side of the sea.

"Ha!" thought Finn. "He thinks he can beat me! Ha! He's nothing but a dot on the horizon!"


But as Benandonner got closer, Finn realised that the small dot was getting larger and larger, taller and... wider!

Finn leapt to his feet and ran into the cottage to find Oonagh.


"Oonagh, Oonagh, I've done something really silly!" he cried.


Oonagh was stoking the fire, and she looked up when he ran in.

Finn explained that he had shouted a challenge to Benandonner across the sea, and even built a path so he could come across without getting his feet wet. Now, Finn was scared, he thought Benandonner looked enormous!


Oonagh sat down on a creaky wooden chair and listened carefully. When Finn had finished explaining, she unfolded her hands from her lap, and quietly said,

"Right Finn, you will need to move fast. We haven't got much time... "




Now we will answer some questions about what we have read. We need to think particularly about what might happen next, and why.


You can look back at this text at any point by clicking on the red help button on the screen.


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