RL.3.2 Lesson and Unit Plans


1. Adventures with Dragons, Gods, and Giants- helps students learn to summarize as they read fantasies, poetry, mythology, and informational texts. The activities link writing, multimedia, history, and art to literature. RL 3.2 is listed as a focus standard and retelling myths with key details while noting the message is a main student objective of this unit. (Source: Common Core Curriculum Maps)

2. Stories Worth Telling Again and Again- lists RL 3.2 as a focus standard and has students examine why stories are handed down across generations and cultures. Students will read stories of grandparents and multicultural folktales with tricksters. The related activities provide interdisciplinary links to geography, art, and narrative writing. (Source: Common Core Curriculum Maps)

3. Exploring World Cultures Through Folk Tales These lessons help students learn the basic plot features of folktales as they work in small groups on one of three folk tales from African, Japanese, or Welsh cultures. Students read the assigned story, use a graphic organizer to record the most important events, and retell their folktale during oral presentations that include visual representations of the story and research about the culture. There are websites listed for student online research about each culture and an oral presentation rubric. The folktales are provided to print out, but the plan could also be adapted to other folktales. (Source: Read Write Think, International Reading Association, NCTE)

4. Guided Comprehension: Knowing How Words Work Using Semantic Feature Analysis  In this series of lessons, semantic feature analysis, a comprehension strategy that helps students identify characteristics associated with related words or concepts, is used to compare and contrast characteristics of folktales, myths, and fables. It includes whole group lessons, small group lessons, and student graphic organizers and charts. This comprehension strategy is part of the Guided Comprehension Model and references the following book: McLaughlin, M., & Allen, M.B. (2002). Guided Comprehension: A teaching model for grades 3–8. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. (Source: Read Write Think, International Reading Association, NCTE)

5. Masks and Aesop's Fables This is a multi-media language arts lesson where students read Aesop’s fables, make links between Greek culture and their own culture, and create masks to use in their performance of a fable. One of the main student objectives is to understand vocabulary, plot, and moral of some of Aesop’s fables. A printable plot chart, templates and directions for masks, internet links to fables and quizzes, and an assessment rubric are included.

6. The Hare and the Water': A Tanzanian Folk Tale During these five days of lessons, students explore the literary elements of a Tanzanian folk tale about animals working together to dig a well. Students have to understand and apply the lesson of the folktale as they work together to create alternate endings and visual representations of the folktale. (Source: Peace Corps)

7. Although this interdisciplinary unit on Nigerian culture and folktales is designed for gifted/talented enrichment, several of the lessons are appropriate and adaptable to regular classrooms. The history, resources, templates, and integration possibilities make this a valuable tool for lesson planning. (Source: NYC Department of Education)