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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


International Literacy Association


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May 07, 2014


Although I find this lesson plan very well thought out, I have one recommendation. Your presentation of folktales from Wales, Japan and Africa is not very helpful to students wishing to make broader connections between people, cultures and places. Africa in this context is presented as a country rather than a vast continent, comprised of a plethora of languages and cultures. Perhaps this unit should have been presented as folktales from Asia, Europe and Africa. As educators we should strive to bridge sociocultural misrepresentations rather than promoting age-old stereotypes.


Kaylee Olney

January 14, 2010

The manager at School Specialty Intervention (formally EPS) was very helpful in providing the new link for the Folktales from Around the World lesson pack. This lesson has been updated and teachers should be able to access the lesson pack through RWT by the end of the day. The direct link is http://intervention.schoolspecialty.com/external/read_write_think/Folktales.pdf.
--Kaylee Olney, Associate Editor, ReadWriteThink.org


Kaylee Olney

January 13, 2010

The EPS Lesson Pack: Folk Tales from Around the World PDF is located on an external website that appears to have recently redesigned. I have written to that website and asked them to reinstate the PDF as soon as possible. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon so that you and other teachers can continue to use this valuable resource.
--Kaylee Olney, Associate Editor, ReadWriteThink.org


Justin Toney

January 12, 2010

This looks like a great lesson! I was hoping to adapt it to fit within a unit I'm designing on World Mythology. However, the links to the EPS Lesson Pack: Folk Tales from Around the World are not connecting to the proper page. I'd very much like to know the three myths selected.



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