Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 20

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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 Finally Gets Beaten

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Writing Prompt

Describe Brer Rabbit.

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Key Questions


How did Brer Turtle trick Brer Rabbit? Did he win fairly? Why or why not? 

Read the sentence from Brer Turtle. “You must be joking, Brer Rabbit. You couldn’t have caught me in your feet had turned to wheels and your tail to a motor.” What does Brer Turtle mean by this? What does it show about Brer Turtle? 

Read the sentence from Brer Rabbit. “I’ll leave you so far behind that I can plant greens at the beginning of the race and by the time you cross the finish line, them greens will be ready to pick.” What does Brer Rabbit mean by this? What does it show about Brer Rabbit? 

Do Brer Rabbit's actions in this story fit with what we already know about him? Why or why not? 



incredulous     (adj.)

not willing to believe something

"meet your match"     (phrase)

to meet someone who is as good at something as you are

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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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