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Create a Folktale

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Subject:Language Arts
Grade:3-5, 6-8

Brief Description
After reading and listening to folktales from various Hispanic cultures, students write a new folktale.

Objectives

Students

  • define the word folktale,
  • demonstrate creative thinking and writing skills to create a folktale,
  • work together in cooperative groups.

Keywords

folktale, Hispanic, culture

Materials Needed

teacher-selected library sources of folktales from Hispanic cultures, printouts from the Web site noted in the Lesson Plan, paper, pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the word folktale.
  • Bring in examples of folktales from Hispanic cultures. One site to start with is Magic Tales of Mexico. Read a few examples to students and discuss the stories.
  • Divide the class into small groups. Make printouts from Rabbit Stories. Distribute one story to each group.
  • Invite students to read the story aloud to one another. Then challenge students to work together to create a new short folktale, using the examples they heard and read as models.
  • Have students read their completed folktales to the class.
    Extension: Have students act out their folktales.

Assessment

Evaluate students' folktales and presentations.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts
NL-ENG.K-12.1
NL-ENG.K-12.2
NL-ENG.K-12.3
NL-ENG.K-12.4
NL-ENG.K-12.5
NL-ENG.K-12.6
NL-ENG.K-12.9

Originally published 09/25/2000
Links last updated 09/12/2005