Objective: Telling Tales This book contains a collection of folktales from around the world. Some might be familiar to the students. Today's objective will study the history of folktales.
1) Class Discussion: Yolen compiles several folktales from around the world in this book. What is a folktale? A folktale is defined as a story stemming from the oral tradition. Why are folktales important to a culture? Why do different cultures have similar tales?
2) Group Research Project: Research, via the internet or at the library, the history of folktales. Information should include the definition of folktales. Do folktales still exist? If so, how accurate are the tales from their original version? Ask the students to present their findings to the class.
3) Individual Creative Writing: Write briefly on why you believe folktales are an important part of preserving culture and tradition.
4) Homework: Read "The Man Who Had No Story," "How...
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