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Folktale Writing



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  • Arts & Humanities
    Language Arts, Literature
  • Educational Technology


3-5, 6-8

Brief Description

Students write their own folktales with help from a well-known author of children's books.


Students will
  • read or listen to Half-Chicken, a folktale told by Alma Flor Ada.
  • discover the elements of the folktale genre.
  • learn how to analyze literary narrative, particularly plot, character, and moral.
  • practice such skills as descriptive writing and writing dialogue.
  • learn to review and revise their own writing.
  • use interactive online forms (optional).


folktale, folk tale, plot, character, moral, description, edit, author

Materials Needed

computers with Internet access (if Internet access is not available, the activity can be adapted)

Lesson Plan

In this workshop lesson from Scholastic Teacher, Author Alma Flor Ada shares with students the magic of clever animals, enchanted kingdoms, and more. Along the way, she shares tips, challenges, and guidelines to help students write their own folktales. When students have completed their stories, they earn a Certificate of Achievement signed by Alma Flor Ada.

Click Folktale Writing with Alma Flor Ada to view the entire lesson.


See lesson for specific assessment suggestions.

Lesson Plan Source

Folktale Writing with Alma Flor Ada from Scholastic Teachers

National Standards


  • GRADES K - 12
    NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
    NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools
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Originally published 09/13/2002
Links last updated 09/12/2007