Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Students explore the power of oral storytelling in African-American and Hispanic cultures through folktales that have been passed down within families and communities for generations.

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ELA

Unit 2

3rd Grade

Unit Summary


Students explore the power of oral storytelling in African-American and Hispanic cultures through reading and listening to a wide variety of folktales and stories that have been passed down within families and communities for generations. These stories serve as a launching point for students to explore and understand the world around them, to grapple with what it means to be a good person, and to consider what they can learn from the experiences of others. This unit, in connection with others in the course, will challenge students to think about the power of storytelling and the influence it can have on individuals and entire communities.

In reading and writing, this unit focuses on helping readers see the connection between recounting stories, determining a central message, and using details to explain how the central message is conveyed. Through multiple readings of the same folktales, students will be able to analyze and discover the way in which messages are developed. Students will then be pushed to articulate this understanding both orally and in writing. Rereading the same folktale multiple times also supports students fluency and vocabulary development.

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Texts and Materials


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Core Materials

Assessment


These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills.

Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit. Essential Tasks can be found in the following lessons:

Unit Prep


Intellectual Prep

Unit Launch

Prepare to teach this unit by immersing yourself in the texts, themes, and core standards. Unit Launches include a series of short videos, targeted readings, and opportunities for action planning.

Essential Questions

  • What lessons can we learn from folktales? 
  • Why are Brer Rabbit tales important? What can we learn from them? 

Vocabulary

Text-based

appearance clever content disdain heed humble injustice incredulous judge mind mused neglected outsmart rendered rival splendid strutted stubborn tended trespassing unfulfilled unsuspecting wisdom

Idiom/Cultural Reference

"meet your match"

Root/Affix

in- out- un-

To see all the vocabulary for Unit 2, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Supporting All Students

In order to ensure that all students are able to access the texts and tasks in this unit, it is incredibly important to intellectually prepare to teach the unit prior to launching the unit. Use the intellectual preparation protocol and the Unit Launch to determine which support students will need. To learn more, visit the Supporting all Students teacher tool.

Lesson Map


Common Core Standards


Core Standards

L.3.1
L.3.1.h
L.3.1.i
L.3.2
L.3.2.e
L.3.2.f
L.3.2.g
L.3.4
L.3.5
L.3.6
RL.3.2
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RL.3.9
SL.3.1
SL.3.1.a
SL.3.1.d
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W.3.1
W.3.1.a
W.3.1.b
W.3.1.c
W.3.3
W.3.3.a
W.3.3.c
W.3.4
W.3.5
W.3.8

Supporting Standards

L.3.1.d
L.3.1.e
L.3.1.f
L.3.1.g
L.3.3
L.3.4.b
RF.3.3
RF.3.3.b
RF.3.3.c
RF.3.3.d
RF.3.4
RF.3.4.b
RF.3.4.c
RL.3.1
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RL.3.10
SL.3.1.b
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