Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 18

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Describe Brer Rabbit and how his actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester  — Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

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Writing Prompt

Describe Brer Rabbit. How do his actions contribute to the sequence of events? 

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Key Questions


  • Retell what happens in “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.” 
  • Describe Brer Fox. What is he like at the beginning of the story? How does he change? What causes the change? 
  • How do Brer Rabbit’s words and actions trick Brer Fox? 
  • What description does the author include to help a reader visualize Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox’s actions?
  • Read the sentence from page 12. “This time, though, Brer Rabbit talked mighty humble.” What does the word humble mean? Is Brer Rabbit humble? Defend why or why not.





having belief you are not better than others

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.2 — Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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