This unit covers the many different genres within traditional literature. The first paper is an overview chart where students can write a description or key traits and examples of each genre.
1. Folktales- To complete this activity you will need the trade book, The Ballad of Mulan. Students will complete a story map and higher level thinking questions about the story.
2. Legends- To complete this activity you will need the trade books: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, The Legend of the Bluebonnet, and The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Students will infer character traits from the character's actions and make self to text connections.
3. Trickster Tales- To complete this activity you will need the trade books/stores: Hungry Spider, Aunt Fox and the Fried Fish, and three stories by Gerald McDermott: Papagayo, Zomo, and Pig-Boy. Students will identify the trickster and its traits, the problem and results, and the steps used in the trick. There's also an opportunity that students can compare and contrast the three stories by Gerald McDermott.
4. Fables- To complete this activity you will need the stories: The Grasshopper and the Ants, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Horse's Mistake. Students will identify the characters, problem, solution, and moral. These stories can be found on Discovery Streaming in cartoon form if you are a subscriber.
5.Myths- I have included a copy of the story Medusa and Athena written and illustrated by Leanne Guenther off of the DLTK website. Students will complete a story map and answer what the myth explains.
6. Tall Tales- To complete this activity you will need any Johnny Appleseed fiction book. There's an excellent example on BookFlix (free website) that can be used. While on BookFlix there's one fiction and one nonfiction Johnny Appleseed that can be used to extend the normal story comparing and contrasting the differences between nonfiction and fiction text.
7.Fairy Tales- To complete this activity you will need a traditional story of Cinderella and a less traditional one (The Rough Face Girl, Yeh-Shen, etc.) Students will identify the main character, setting, the make believe character, the good fortune given and the happy ending.
This unit serves as an introduction to these genres that should be focused more on in guided reading groups at their just right levels.