Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 19

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Describe Brer Rabbit. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester  — Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Fox Again and The Talking House

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Writing Prompt

Based on details from all three stories, describe Brer Rabbit.  How do his actions contribute to the sequence of events?

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Key Questions


  • How did Brer Rabbit trick Brer Fox? What does this show about Brer Rabbit? (Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Fox Again)

  • Describe Brer Wolf. What motivated him to try and trick Brer Rabbit? Was he successful? Why or why not? (The Talking House)

  • How did Brer Rabbit outsmart Brer Wolf? (The Talking House)





not willing to believe something



to care about or be bothered by something



to defeat someone by being smarter



intelligent in a tricky way




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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.

  • RL.3.9 — Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).

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