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Srtudents explore the folktale and folklore genres as well as the world of myths. They read myths and folktales to increase knowledge of world cultures and traditions and follow the writing process to create writing in different genres.
A great way to learn to understand people and their environment is to study their folktales. Stories from China, Vietnam, India, Iran, Persia, and Palestine offer an opportunity for readers to investigate the cultures of Asia. A list of suggested stories, activities, cross-curriculum, as well as school/home extensions, and assessments are included with the scripted plan.
Second graders explore the genre of folktales. In this language arts lesson plan, 2nd graders are read several folktales and discuss what elements make up a folktale. Students write a folktale of their own.
Students read and study myths, folktales, folklore, and fairy tales of different cultures through history. They use web tools to conduct research about different cultures and to write and publish an original folktale. they share their folktale with class members using appropriate fluency skills
Students discover how enjoyable working together can be with this lively puppet play. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop cooperation, literacy, and creative-thinking skills as they work in small groups to develop a puppet show based on favorite folktales.
Learners identify that Japanese folktales reveal information about Japanese history, life, and customs. Students identify and interpret the work kamishibai, paper play and explain that in Japanese folktales are told through a series of large pictures that depict the important scenes of the story.
Folktales reveal volumes about a culture, so get your literary analysts perusing them for anthropological clues! Learners examine characteristics of a folktale before researching one particular culture to better understand their folklore. There is a focus on Internet source evaluation, and learners rate sites they find for their informational value. They examine six stories and create their own folktale from the culture they research. No worksheets or rubrics are included.
Students examine the world's major religions, focusing on India as presented in folktales. They take notes while reading the stories and retell them orally. Students research belief systems and write one-paragraph reflections about them.
Students read different types of folktales. They participate in many activities in which they examine characters found in the tales. They create their own folktales and shares them with the class.
Students explore literature of the Korean culture. In this Korean literature lesson, students read common Korean adages, folktales and proverbs. Students compare the works with American expressions.
Story elements such as conflict, character analysis, resolution, and moral are discussed and charted as elementary children read folktales involving animals. An element of science is also introduced as learners discover what a keystone species is and consider the role animals play in the ecosystem. Complete with worksheets, extensions, and links to stories the class will read, this is easily adaptable to younger grades.
Students compare Cameroonian and African-American folktales. In this folktales lesson, students participate in a jigsaw activity that requires them to read "The Owl Never Sleeps as Night," "Why the Lizard Often Nods," "Tappin, the Land Turtle" and "The Invisible Tortoise." Students note the parts of the tales that have an American flair and discuss their findings.
Students read a variety of folktales and participate in writing, drawing, measurement, and time activities that relate to the stories. They graph the number of different versions of one folktale that the class finds and reads.
Students explore the elements of American folktales. They discuss how they are passed on from generation to generation, how they use exaggeration, and how they convey a message or make a point. Students identify common elements of tall tales, and write a tall tale of their own, which they read aloud to the class.
Students read the specified folktale, and discuss the story elements as a whole class.  In this reading lesson plan, students choose a character and preform the part in a small skit. 
Students read five folktales. After each folktale is read students use a map to find the location of the country of the tale's origin. Next, students answer comprehension questions related to each folktale.
Young readers use graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and story maps, to analyze a variety of folktales and the elements of a story. They use writing, sequencing activities, and creative art to identify the morals learned from a read aloud. This is a unit with at least eight lessons, and handouts are included.
Fifth graders develop cultural awareness of their heritage, therefore building their self-esteem. They discover the link between learning and social skills and recognize that learning is an integral part of their lives. The recognize African folktales as a literary genre.
Young scholars examine Russian Folktales. In this folklore lesson, students discuss the attributes of common folktales they know and then discover details regarding Russian folktales. Young scholars read 3 folktales and then complete the provided analysis sheets. Students discuss their findings and write essays based on aspects of the tales they read.
Students study folktales and other stories from West Africa. By hearing and reading these stories they explore many new cultural and religious beliefs, such as spirits inhabiting nature and possessing special powers. Once the students become familiar with these, they go to the gallery with some knowledge and background of the culture that created the works of art.