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Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature With Elementary and Middle School Students
by Terrell A. Young
|Grades||3 – 8|
As an instructional tool, folk literature can foster literacy, promote cultural awareness, and create connections with the content areas. Yet few resources provide background about folk literature and how to use it your classroom.
Happily Ever After fills this gap with reader-friendly chapters that define folk literature and its subgenres, provide strategies for using folklore across the curriculum, and describe techniques for teaching students to write their own folk stories. Contributors to the volume offer a variety of perspectives and approaches that make the book relevant to teachers, teacher educators, librarians, and administrators.
Young, T.A. (Ed.). (2004). Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature With Elementary and Middle School Students. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Grades 3 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Cinderella without castles, coaches, or ball gowns? Students use versions of Cinderella to explore how the setting of a storytime, place, and cultureaffects the characters and plot.