Students study the characteristics of a pourquoi (pour kwah')tale. They discover a type of folktale that usually explains something in nature and is found in most world cultures. They create their own pourquoi tales and share with the class.
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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
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
How Bear Lost His Tale: Storytelling
In this storytelling instructional activity, children practice re-telling the story of "How Bear Lost His Tale", review and write out the story sequence, and learn about homophones like tail/tale, sail/sale, etc. Extension activities for...
3rd - 4th 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
North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears
Students discuss and research the Trail of Tears. In this Native American history unit, students read stories about and research information about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears. Students work in literature circles and...
4th - 5th English Language Arts