Pourquoi stories, or trickster tales as they are sometimes called, are told by many cultures around the world. Many Native American tribes tell stories about lazy rabbits, clever coyotes, or intelligent ravens who trick other animals or beings into getting what they want, or not. These stories tell “why” something in the natural world exists in the way it does. Most of them include morality lessons for children listening to the stories.
Help your students learn about pourquoi stories in order to write trickster tales of their own. Children enjoy using their imaginations and they will love the opportunity to write about animals in a fun, interesting way.
In this set you will receive:
Directions for using pourquoi stories in your classroom, including a detailed lesson plan for reading and writing.
Two blank graphic organizers for use with interactive notebooks, one for reading the stories, and another for students to create their own
Examples of a finished set of graphic organizers, filled out by reading three suggested pourquoi stories
Envelope for holding vocabulary cards in an interactive notebook
Two-sided vocabulary cards (8 to a sheet) with space for the term, definition, drawing, and a sentence using the term
Please note that no pourquoi stories are included in this product. You will need to borrow them from your school or local library.
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