Stories from the Oral Tradition/Folk Tales Unit-- UPDATED!
This bundle includes PPTs, lesson ideas, rubrics, handouts & descriptions of various activities. It truly is a resource for differentiation because of the variety of activities I have developed to go with this unit.
As part of 7th grade literature, my students explore stories that come from the oral tradition. These stories can be any type of folk tale: myths, legends, tall tales, fairy tales, fables, pour quoi tales. These are the stories that have been handed down over time before eventually being published. The fascinating thing about this genre is the authenticity of the stories. Beyond being told for sheer enjoyment, the stories are used to explain--in terms of the culture they come from--how something came to be, why something happens, or even why one should or should not do something.
We can learn so much about a culture's beliefs, traditions, and values through an authentic experience by studying and enjoying these simple stories. My seventh graders love this particular unit of study, and I save it for the last 9 weeks grading period so that they have a strong understanding of literary terms, figurative language, plot elements, and types of characterization before we delve into this type of literature.
I use specific tales from within our textbook, but I also give students a span of time in which they can choose selections from various cultures and sub-genres that spark their interest (the sheet I use for students to analyze these tales is part of this packet). Following specific instruction on the literary elements and qualities of stories from the oral tradition, we read and discuss different selections in small group and whole group literature circles. We also study and practice writing techniques using the "showing not telling" writing style.
I have created a culminating project to allow students to imitate the style of these stories in a technology-based way. The project is meant to allow for portfolio-based assessment of the understanding of the genre itself but does allow for a final written story. The written portion is simply a by-product of the oral/digital storytelling that happens first.
NOTE: Included with this resource packet is a pre-reading guide to use with Pennsylvania's version of the Pearson Language and Literacy textbook (2010 edition) - Unit 6. Most other resources are NOT related to the text and can be used with any literature series or as a stand-alone component.
*Pre-reading guide (see above)
*Vocabulary quiz (matching) on terminology
*Power Point for teaching terminology
*Self-selected reading student sheet-- set up to print on legal sized paper (landscape)
*Worksheet for teaching about the 12 gods of Mt. Olympus-set up to print on legal sized paper (landscape)-to use with gods of Mt. Olympus PPT
*Gods of Mt. Olympus Power Point (Zeus's family tree)
*Culminating project criteria sheet/rubrics for technology-based project
*Student character sketch directions & planning sheet
*Teacher sample character sketch, plot/setting prewrite, fable intro rough draft
Stories From the Oral Tradition by Brandy Lockwood is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License