Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 21

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Describe Buh Rabby and whether or not he learned a lesson. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Her Stories, African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales by Virginia Hamilton  — "Little Girl and Buh Rabby"

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Target Task


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Which statement best shows what the wolf learned?

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Writing Prompt

Describe Buh Rabby. Did he learn a lesson? Why or why not?

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Key Questions


  • How does the illustration on page 2 help the reader better understand the little girl and Buh Rabby?
  • What advice did mama give the little girl? Did she follow it? Why or why not?
  • How did Buh Rabby trick Wolf? What does this reveal about Buh Rabby's character?
  • How do the little girl and her dad respond to the wolf? Why?

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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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