King Midas and the Golden Touch

Teacher Guide by Elizabeth Pedro

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King Midas and the Golden Touch Lesson Plans

Student Activities for King Midas and the Golden Touch Include:

King Midas’ Golden Touch, sometimes referred to as King Midas and the Golden Touch, is the classic tale of a greedy king who learns a valuable lesson about the important things in life.

King Midas and the Golden Touch Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Character Analysis in King Midas' Golden Touch

In this activity, students will choose a character who plays a key role in the plot development. This example reveals how King Midas was very greedy at the beginning of the story; he cared more about his gold than his daughter, Marigold. Even though the King had more gold than anyone else, he still wanted more, and he was delighted when the fairy gave him the power to change everything he touched into gold. King Midas begins to worry when he cannot eat or drink. The worry becomes panic when he turns his own daughter into a golden statue. In the end, King Midas learns his lesson and begs the fairy to bring his daughter back. The King runs to the spring to collect the water that will reverse what he has done.

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Theme in King Midas' Golden Touch

In this activity, students will identify a theme and support the theme with evidence from the text. One theme is greed.

Example Theme


In the fable, Midas already has more gold than any other King, but he still wants more. After being warned that he would not be happy with his wish, he doesn’t hesitate or consider the possible results. The morning after meeting the fairy, he awakes eagerly to test out his powers; the King turns his bed, chair, table, and food into gold. It’s not until he turns his own daughter into gold that he realizes the price of his greed.

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Character Map of King Midas' Golden Touch

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In this activity, students will create a character map for the story, paying close attention to the physical traits and the character traits of both major and minor characters. Students are also able to provide information regarding the character’s actions and quotes that contribute to the plot elements.

Characters included in the character map are:

  • King Midas
  • Marigold
  • The Fairy

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in King Midas' Golden Touch and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the story characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Appearance, Traits, Actions, and Quotes.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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A Quick Synopsis of King Midas’ Golden Touch (Contains Plot Spoilers)

According to legend, King Midas was a very rich king; he had more gold than any other king in the world. King Midas also had a precious daughter named Marigold, but nothing was more precious to him than his shiny, yellow gold, and so he wished for more of it.

One day, while the king was counting his money, a fairy boy appeared before him. The fairy assured Midas that he had more gold than anyone, but still the king wanted more. He claimed that “gold is the best and most wonderful thing in the world.” The fairy offered to grant him one wish. King Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to beautiful, yellow gold. The fairy warned that having this gift would not make him happy, but the king did not see the dangers in it.

The next morning, King Midas eagerly awoke to check if the fairy’s promise had come true. He touched his bed and, sure enough, the bed turned to gold. Then, he touched the chair and the table, and those too turned to gold. The king was delighted with his magic gift.

Later, when the king was hungry, he tried to drink water and eat his bread. As his lips touched the water, it turned to gold, so he could not drink. The bread also turned to gold in his hands, so he could not eat. Marigold ran in from the garden to greet the king and when she embraced him, she immediately turned into a golden statue.

King Midas was filled with dread as he realized what he had done. All of the happiness he felt when he first received his gift was now gone. He called on the fairy and begged him to take away the horrible gift. He pleaded for the fairy to take away everything, as long as he gave back his daughter. The fairy asked the king if he still thought gold was the greatest thing in the world, but the king had learned his lesson. When the fairy was satisfied, he advised the king to go to the spring in the garden, fill a pitcher with water, and sprinkle everything the king had touched. Midas rushed to the spring and quickly sprinkled his daughter’s head with the water. Instantly, she returned to normal, giving her father a kiss. The king sprinkled the food and sat with his daughter to eat – much more appreciative of the good food and company of his daughter.

Essential Questions for King Midas’ Golden Touch

  1. Is King Midas a bad person? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think people learn from their mistakes? Why or why not?
  3. How does greed create problems for people?

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