3rd Grade Reading Comprehension - Folktales and Legends from Around the World

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7 Folktales and Legends from Diverse Cultures

3 Graphic Organizers as an option to use with any of the reading passages!

This ready-to-use 27-page collection of folktales, fables and legends will motivate reluctant readers and encourage reading fluency and comprehension. The 1-page reading passages are clearly written, printable, and come with questions to test comprehension and close reading skills. Also included are 3 unique reading comprehension organizers specifically for legends, fables and folktales.

Although targeted to a 3rd grade reading level, the stories are appropriate for learners of any age.

The stories and organizers are:

The Sunflower (Ancient Greece)

Coyote and the Milky Way (Native American Navajo)

Two Frogs Go to the Big City (Japan)

How the Zebra Got its Stripes (Uganda)

Why Bear Has a Short Tail (Native American Iroquois)

How Turtle Flew South for the Winter (Native American Sioux)

The Lizard and the Sun (Mexico)

Story Elements Organizer

Timeline/Event Sequence Organizer

Summarize Organizer

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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