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Exploring World Cultures Through Folk Tales

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 30- to 35-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Lesson Plans

Calendar Activities

Printouts

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study

Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4

Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.

Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 17

Today is St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Cube tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22

The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.

After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May!

Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 7

The Winter Olympics begin today!

Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition, using the 2014 Winter Olympics games in Sochi as the backdrop.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool

Oral Presentation Rubric

This rubric is designed to be used for any oral presentation. Students are scored in three categories—delivery, content, and audience awareness.

 

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