Passing Down Wisdom: Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 5

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Recount what happens in “’Dear Deer!' Said the Turtle.”

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Tales Our Abuelitas Told, A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flora Ada  — "'Deer Deer!' Said the Turtle"

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Writing Prompt

Recount what happens in “’Dear Deer!’ said the Turtle.”

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Key Questions


  • Describe where the story took place. What details does the author include to help the reader better understand where the story takes place? (p. 19) 

  • Compare and contrast Jicotea and Venado. What details does the author include to help the reader better understand each character? (p. 20)

  • Read the quote from the story below. “I am not going to beat the deer. We are,” said Jicotea. Why does the author put the I and we in italics? 

  • Describe what happens in Guaracabulla. Why? (p. 23 -24)

  • Describe what happens in Guaracayu. Why? (p. 23 - 24) 

  • When Venado gets to the finish line Jicotea is already there. How does Venado respond to this event? (p. 25)

  • End: Which words could be used to describe Jocotea? Venado? 





going on someone's land without their permission



to form an opinion about someone or something



the way something looks



someone who tries to defeat you

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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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