I use this writing activity as a culmination of my unit on legends (you can check out my activities for the Legend of the Indian Paintbrush here
for ideas on teaching legends). Before we start this activity, we have read at least three legends. I recommend:
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola
The Lengend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
We brainstorm together to write a class legend on chart paper first. My class wrote the legend of “Why the wasp keeps coming back in the classroom” and had a lot of fun with it before I let them brainstorm and write their own legends.
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