Lesson 1 (from Pages 191-207)
The opening chapter establishes this book within the tradition of folklore and folk telling. The characters and their adventures are somewhat fantastical (derived from the Yoruba tradition), and there is also a sense of didacticism. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the meaning of folklore.
1) Individual Activity: Have the students brainstorm for a few minutes the meaning of "folklore" and "folk telling." Ask them to write a definition of "folklore" and list at least three examples of folklore or folk tradition in their own culture or others.
2) Small Groups: Have the students share the definitions and lists they have written individually. Ask them to collaborate on a group definition of "folklore." You may want to ask each group to also write their definitions on the board for the whole class to refer to. Using their new and improved definition, have them...
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