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Folktale / Traditional Literature comprehensive unit designed for direct and explicit teaching of how to identify different folktale genres by analyzing the setting, events, and characters of the folktale genres:
• Fairy Tales
• Tall Tales
We also have a fiction genre unit (realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery). Check it out!
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Identifying folktale genres can be confusing for students. This unit breaks down the skill of identifying folktale genres into 8 lessons that are scaffolded. It includes 8 very detailed lesson plans with 8 interactive PowerPoints that go with each lesson. It is so thorough that the teacher will need little prep time and would be great to use at the beginning of a busy year or with a long-term sub.
This unit would also be a great tool to use with intervention groups and tutoring because of the way it is chunked into bite-size lessons. An adorable social media theme is used throughout the unit to engage the students with texts, tweets, snapchat-like photos, online shopping, Facebook-like profile sheet, and emojis and more emojis!
Purpose of Unit
We created this unit because materials that teach the skill of identifying folktale genre thoroughly are difficult to find. Most materials rush the process, but identifying folktale genres takes time and lots of practice. Our goal was to allow the students time to work with the different folktale genres so that they truly would know the specific setting, events, and characters of each folktale genre. This knowledge will help them predict patterns when they read different stories and increase their comprehension and assist in their narrative writing.
After the students have been taught how to identify different folktale genres by analyzing the setting, events, and characters, they will then practice by looking at short examples and choosing the correct folktale. Whole stories are not included, but this unit can be used alongside folktales the class is reading.
- 8 very detailed lesson plans with learning goals, learning targets
- 8 formative assessments for each lesson
- 8 accompanied PowerPoints to guide the teaching and engage the students
- Samples for assessments and tasks
- “I Can” Statements
- Learning Scales and Student Tracking Sheet based on Marzano’s Learning Scales
- 1 summative assessment
- 1 Writing Craftivity
- 5 Classroom Genre Posters
We broke down the learning goal of “Identifying folktale genres by analyzing the setting, events and characters” into digestible lessons. This unit will easily last 3 weeks if not more, but when the students are finished, they will be able to identify folktale genres throughout their lives. The 8 Scaffolded Learning Targets are:
- Lesson One - Name three story elements that help to identify genre
- Lesson Two - State important characteristics of a folktale
- Lesson Three – Summarize the specific traits of fairy tales, tall tales, fables, legends, and myths
- Lesson Four – Use the setting of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre
- Lesson Five – Use the events of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre
- Lesson Six – Use the characters of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre
- Lesson Seven – Identify folktale genres (fairy tales, fables, tall tales, legends, and myths) by analyzing the setting, events, and characters.
- Lesson Eight – Prewrite and write a folktale story using the typical setting, events, and characters of the specific genre.
Formative Assessments to Check for Understanding:
- Lesson One - Ticket out the door text message
- Lesson Two - Ticket our the door tweet message
- Lesson Three - Note-taking and hashtag summary of each genre’s traits
- Lesson Four - Snapchat-like settings on photos to identify a specific genre story
- Lesson Five - Tweet message that describes an event that relates to a specific genre story
- Lesson Six - Online Shopping Cart that relates to a specific genre character.
- Lesson Seven - 4 Practice sheets for students to analyze a genre by the setting, events, and characters
- Lesson Eight - Facebook type profile sheet for prewriting a folktale story and an emoji craftivity to publish the writing.
Detailed Lesson Plans for Teachers Include:
- CCSS Standard
- Overview of Lesson
- Learning goal and target
- Critical Input / Teacher Focus
- Enduring Understanding
- Essential Question
- Materials Needed
- Formative Assessment
- Summative Assessment
- Accompanying PowerPoints
- Detailed lessons with each target that include:
- Motivational Hook
- Guided Practice
- Independent Practice / Formative Assessment
Ways to Use this Unit
- Whole group reading time
- Small group explicit teaching time
- Intervention groups
- Long-term Sub Plans
- Tasks can be used during reading block flex-time to keep students engaged.