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Lead your class in performing a web search in order to learn about pourquoi tales. In the web search they are looking for examples of writing procedures: use of language, purpose for the writing, structure of the tale, etc...
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Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia
Explore the folklore of Asia and the South Pacific with this language arts lesson series. Complementing a reading of Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia by Jan M. Mike, this resource supports learners with understanding cause and effect...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes: a Legend of the Iroquois
Have you ever wondered about a chipmunk's stripes? Read a short passage featuring the Iroquois legend about the chipmunk and his stripes, and answer five comprehension questions about the plot, the theme, and the unfamiliar vocabulary.
5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Teachers' Resource Kit - Taming the Sun
For thousands of years, people have been creating stories to explain their observations of the natural world. Explore this interesting literary form with this series of activities complementing the book Taming the Sun: Four Maori...
1st - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Why In The World? Pourquoi Stories
Students write a pourquoi tale based on the defining elements of various pourquoi stories told in different cultures. The lesson concludes with students illustrating their stories using a method of their choice (e.g., a drawing, Kid Pix...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Identifying Characteristics - Anansi, The Spider
Students identify character traits in African folklore by creating a character web of Anansi the Spider. In this character web instructional activity, students watch a video featuring a storyteller who tells a Pourquoi story about Anansi...
2nd - 6th English Language Arts