Reflect on Your Practice
- Where in your curriculum might folk tales be an appropriate addition? Where, for example, might they engage students and provide ways to express what they know?
- What opportunities exist at your school for planning a long-term project with other teachers that includes a “culminating event”?
- How would you set such a project in motion? With whom might you collaborate? What disciplines would you involve?
Adaptations / Extensions to Consider
Scale it back: Have your students, working as a class, create their own folktale. Begin by selecting a moral that their story will convey, then go on to brainstorm characters and plot (using original folk tales as research sources), storyboard the story, and write the dialogue. Students might take turns delivering dramatic readings of the story, after which final revisions would be made.
Compare cultures: Have students read folk tales from different cultures around the world and discuss what the folk tales say about the cultures. Have student groups research a culture while they read its folk tales. Compare the storylines, settings, and morals of these folk tales with their own.
Connect to storytelling: Encourage students to recognize the elements and decisions made in storytelling. Have students select characters (their names and traits), settings (location, landscape, era), and dramatic events (such as betrayal, misunderstanding, broken promise), and then construct their stories either individually or in groups.
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