Students read and act out folktales from various Native American cultures.
define the words folktale, legend, myth;
demonstrate creative thinking and dramatic skills to dramatize a folktale;
work together in cooperative groups.
folktale, Native American, culture, drama, legend, myth
teacher-selected library sources of folktales from Native American cultures or printouts from the sites noted in the lesson plan, paper, pens or pencils
Discuss the meanings of the words folktale, legend, myth.
Use library or Internet sources to select folktales, legends, and myths from different Native American cultures. Here are two sites to help you start your research: Old Indian Legends and NativeWeb Resources: Short Stories -- Traditional.
Read and discuss one story with the class.
Divide the class into small groups. Distribute one story to each group.
Have each group read the folktale aloud and then work together to create a short play or skit about the folktale. Tell students to think about and discuss the answers to these questions as they plan their skits: What is the main idea of the story? Who are the main characters in the story? What are the important events in the story? How does the story end? Encourage students to take notes as they plan their presentations.
Have students present their skits or plays to the class.
Evaluate students' presentations.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English