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Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain

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Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Copies of The Way to Rainy Mountain for students

  • Materials to bind class books

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • Familiarize yourself with the mythology and folklore Websites used in the lesson. You may want to narrow the choices and/or make bookmarks on the computer browsers for the Websites you've chosen. Additionally, gather any library resources that students can use for the lesson. Along with the mythology and folklore texts, include religious texts as appropriate (e.g., the Bible, the Qu'ran, the Torah).

  • Explore background information on the Kiowa people and in particular the importance of the Dog in their daily life and spiritual stories. The Texas Kiowa Indians can be used to add relevant background information to the exploration of the examples in class.  You can also find recordings of and information about Kiowa songs at The Power of Kiowa Song: A Collaborative Ethnography.

  • Ideally, students should read The Way to Rainy Mountain prior to the writing activities in this lesson. If students have not read The Way to Rainy Mountain, choose an excerpt from the book to share or use the excerpt from Chapter III, which connects to the Model Response handout. You may want to make copies of the section you've chosen or prepare an overhead, so that students can see the structure of the text.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Venn Diagram of the "Talking Dogs" Chapter, or prepare a Venn Diagram for another chapter of The Way to Rainy Mountain or the text that you've chosen to use as an example for this lesson.

  • Test the Three-Voice Narrative Venn Diagram on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Make copies or overheads of the handouts for the lesson, or make arrangements for students to access the resources online.

  • Review background information and analysis of the text from Georgetown's N. Scott Momaday and The Way to Rainy Mountain, from Annenberg/CPB's The Expanding Canon.

  • To get a sense of what the project outcome may look like and how it could be adapted, see student samples from Carla Beard's adaptation of the author's original project.

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