This grade 5 folk tale reading unit (level U) is about why cheetahs have cheeks that appear to be tear stained. Students learn about folk tales as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on setting. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying topic and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a reading comprehension activity and a text-based writing activity.