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Fables, Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends

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Transcript of Fables, Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends

Myths
Folktales
Keep in mind...

We'll be using folktales to summarize and explain the lesson or message of a work of fiction as its THEME. What is a theme?
Fairy Tales
I can summarize and explain the lesson or message of a work of fiction as its THEME.
Legends
I can summarize and explain the lesson of message of a work of fiction as its THEME.
Fables
I can describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo. Keep in mind we are still looking for the THEME in these myths.
Fables, Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends
Other folktales...
Read the Paired Passage that goes with Legend of the Bluebonnet. Often in STAAR you will have a fable or legend paired with informational text.
Folktales are different from country to country. They usually tell how things came to be. Like legends, nobody can tell if they are true or not.
Think about this African Folktale...
Anansi is often in African Tales. It's not the entire story, but look for what could be a truth in this folktale. Remember, folktales often contain some fact and some fiction.
Tuesday
Read The Story of Lightning and Thunder, a folktale from Nigeria. It tells of how lightning and thunder came to be. Create an umbrella on your paper and discuss TheMessage.
Have you heard of Paul Bunyan? Read about this American folktale.
http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/the_birth_of_paul_bunyan.html
Fill out your Folktale organizer. What are some characteristics you found in the 3 folktales we learned today?
Are you able to decide on the THEME of the stories? Start a T-Chart in your journal. On one side list the folktale, on the other list the THEME of each.

If time allows, pg. 9 in your Journeys book has a Chinese folktale.
Wednesday
Keep in mind...
Fairy tales are the traditional tales that you've heard since you were little. Think Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood...but they are not always as they seem. Fairy tales can vary from country to country. The interesting thing is that the THEME is usually the same.
Just look at the differences in these Cinderella stories!
Fairy Tales
List some defining characteristics of a fairy tale.
Listen to your teacher read two different fairy tales. Create a chart like this one. (Journeys pg.9 has two Cinderella stories,or choose two of your favorite)
Thinking about the theme...
How do you find the theme? Focus on one of the fairy tales. Draw an umbrella for theme. Under the umbrella list evidence that supports your theme.
With a partner, read Yeh-Shen, and Egyptian Cinderella. Fill in the chart for the two stories.
Thursday
Myths are usually religious stories that people believe to be true. Again, they usually explain either how things came to be or why things are the way they are.
Legends explain natural occurrences in the world. Usually Native American tribes have their own legends, but legends can be found in all countries. What legends are you familiar with?
Watch to see what happens when the fox tries to out smart the crane.
Go to this site. Click on a legend. Be sure to check where the legend originates.
http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/
Listen to this Native American legend on how the Indian Paintbrush came to be.
San Antonio has its own legends too. Have you heard of La Llorona, what about the Donkey Lady? Some legends like these are just meant to scare. These two legends don't have a theme or lesson.
Scary Stuff! Research on your own if you'd like to know more!
Monday
The most common myths you may be familiar with are those of the Greek gods and goddesses.
I can describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo. Keep in mind we are still looking for the THEME in these myths.
Visit this site and choose a myth to read. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/myths.htm
Read about King Midas and the Golden Touch. http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/kingmidas.htm
What change did King Midas undergo? What line from the myth tells you he thinks differently now?
Jobs
1.With a partner, read about the Gods and Goddesses. Choose two that you find interesting. Create a character fact sheets for your two characters.

2.Independent reading. Be sure you have chosen an on level book.

3. Reader's Response to your book.

4. Don't forget to log your reading.
Tuesday
Fables usually use animal characters to teach a lesson or moral. Fables usually have the same type of characters. For example, the fox is always the trickster, but he may not always get what he wants.
In Fables you will always learn a lesson, fables have a clear theme. Listen to your teacher read about the Ducks and the Fox. What is the theme of the fable? How did the Ducks change towards the end of the story? What sentence supports your idea?
Jobs

1. Read the two fables- The Hen and the Apple Tree, and King Lion and the Beetle. In your journal, create a chart like the one shown. Fill in the chart and be sure to provide evidence.

2. Independent reading.

3. Reader's Response to Fable or your independent reading book.

4. Log your reading.
Wednesday
Review and Assess
Today you will review what you have learned about Fables and Myths. You can finish any work you have not yet completed from Monday and Tuesday.

You will also take a mini quiz on Fables.
Thursday
Science Thursday!
I can read and understand informational text.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yPbdoEkfvHnduyW5E1r5GXKEp4pd0LA3dSXZZFkb5hM/edit?usp=sharing
@teachers -->
Read about Gravity in the passage
Gravity Keeps us all Together
. Practice using your Stop and Jot strategy, as well as your illustration strategy.
Sometimes there are no text features in a passage, but it is still informational text. What do you do? (think Mind Movie :) )
Let's Practice! In your journal, draw a T chart. It should look like this -->
Now read some information that has NO text features. As you write your stop and jot, make a small illustration. Take your Mind Movie and put it on paper.
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