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Meet Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature, Writing, AND Speaking and Listening, with this 5-day unit for "The People Could Fly."
In this unit, students creatively build background on Virginia Hamilton, slavery, and “The People Could Fly” by assembling a group puzzle and participating in “Everyone’s an Expert." Then, students develop understanding of the folktale through an initial reading and listening to the piece. Working with partners, students investigate the vocabulary in the folktale. After a circle reading of the folktale, students reflect on their learning. Then, after collaboratively creating a theme web, students create theme links that they can string together as a visual representation of the tale’s message. After a third reading of the folktale, students dive deeper into the folktale genre and provide textual evidence to support their understanding. Working in groups of five, students, then, discuss the folktale while responding to 25 discussion questions. The final assessment of the unit requires students to show their understanding, summarize the folktale, identify elements of the genre, identify its purpose, and analyze its theme.
This unit is highly rigorous and simultaneously engaging. You’ll be so impressed with students’ deep understanding of the text and the genre.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
This detailed unit includes:
”The People Could Fly” Analysis Assessment:
5-part assessment that requires students to demonstrate their overall understanding of “The People Could Fly”, provide a summary of the folktale, identify and site folktale evidence, select the folktale’s purpose, and write a written analysis of the theme.
All keys for instruction and analysis of “The People Could Fly”
FYI: The folktale, "The People Could Fly," is not included in this resource.
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