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.

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.

Unit Prep

Essential Questions

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

Vocabulary

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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 this course, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Lesson Map

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Writing

    L.3.1

    SL.3.1.a

Make sentences better and more interesting by combining two or more sentences. 

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Writing

    L.3.1

Make sentences better and more interesting by combining two or more sentences. 

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Writing

    L.3.1

Use subordinating conjunctions to write more interesting and complex sentences.

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  • Tales of... — Brer Rabbit Finally Gets Beaten

    RL.3.2

    RL.3.3

    RL.3.9

Describe Brer Rabbit. 

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Assessment

Common Core Standards

Core Standards

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L.3.1

L.3.2

L.3.4

L.3.5

L.3.6

RL.3.2

RL.3.3

RL.3.9

SL.3.1

SL.3.1.a

SL.3.1.d

SL.3.6

W.3.1

W.3.1.a

W.3.1.b

W.3.3

W.3.3.a

W.3.3.c

Supporting Standards

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L.3.1.d

L.3.1.e

L.3.1.f

L.3.1.g

L.3.1.h

L.3.1.i

L.3.2.e

L.3.2.f

L.3.2.g

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

RL.3.10

RL.3.4

RL.3.5

RL.3.7

SL.3.1.b

SL.3.2

W.3.10

W.3.4

W.3.5