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This is one of my favorite units, a multimedia unit and a sneaky way to entice boys to read Tall Tales, Folk Tales, Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends. Just have them look for Heroes and Hero traits while they are reading. Lots of resources and fun.
It seems I always have a parade of district administrators walking through my class when we do this unit. They see students engaged and working together.
A collection of picture books are needed for each genre. (Libraries should be able to accommodate on this.)
The unit also incorporates video clips and movies into the curriculum. The movie "Tall Tale" has turned out to be a student favorite.
Use the included calendar for pacing and as a general lesson plan guide. Model the first example for each genre in class using the video links provided. The second day students practice with a picture book. If you need to stretch the unit and have text for the video clips, a compare/contrast could be done as well.
At the end, students create there own piece. This piece is going to make your day. They are so creative.
A test is included.
The Fable Unit in my store works well as Bell Work for this unit.
Hero Unit by Kathryn M. Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.