Guiding Question: What are folktales?

Activity 3: Discovering and discussing the elements found in folktales

Students will recognize elements found in folktales.

1. Students think of favorite stories from their childhood and record them on a chart.
2. Students view African and African-American Folktales to build background about storytellers, "Porquoi" Stories, and Trickster Tales.
3. Students view All about Folktales: Folktales Then And Now to build background about the history of folktales and how they become books.
4. Students view the PowerPoint about folktales, Learn About Folktales This link will download the presentation.
5. Students identify the elements of a folktale by orally retelling one of the stories listed on the last slide of the PowerPoint.
6. Students check the list of favorite stories from step 1 to see if any are folktales. Students discuss why their story is or is not a folktale using the elements listed on slide 4 of the PowerPoint in step 4.
7. Students update the chart from step 1, labeling the stories that are folktales.

Chart paper, marker, computer with LCD projector/screen (Internet access), downloaded PowerPoint “Learn About Folktales”, Google Earth for optional resource

African and African-American Folktales (20 min.)

All about Folktales: Folktales Then And Now (15 min.)

Discovery Educator Resource from MediaShare: “Learn About Folktales” PowerPoint

Optional Resource:
Discovery Educator Resource from MediaShare: Google Earth Virtual Field Trip “Folktales Around the World”

Activity 4: Identifying folktales by applying the elements of folktales

Students will identify examples of literature as folktales.

1. Students look in their grade level reading books to find stories that are folktales. (Genres are labeled on the cover page of each story and in the Table of Contents.) Students work as partners to discuss why each folktale in their reading book fits the genre.
2. Students will work as partners to go on a literary scavenger hunt in the library (classroom or school). Partners collect books containing folktales for sharing out with the class as a whole.
3. Students sort the folktales from the literary scavenger hunt into subgroups of Fairytales, Fables, “Porquoi” stories, and Trickster Tales. (Slides 5-10 from the “Learn About Folktales” PowerPoint)
4. Students create a graphic organizer using or other mindmapping software like kidspiration to organize some folktale titles into the subgroups from step 3.
5. Teacher will post the mindmap on the class wiki or blog.

Library collection containing some folktales, grade level reading series student editions, computer/LCD projector, (Internet access) or kidspiration, class blog or wiki

Resources: account from or kidspiration

Discovery Educator Resource from MediaShare: “Learn About Folktales” PowerPoint

Wikispaces for class wiki:

Blog site for class use: