Trickster Tales

Trickster Tales
Reading and writing
Time Frame:
How long will the activity/lesson/project take? Several sessions
Write a SHORT summary of the activity/project/lesson here
1) Read Aloud: Picture book (i.e. Gerald McDermott's Zomo the Rabbit or Raven...) Here are some great titles to try - Trickerster Titles.doc

Kids "post-it" their thoughts about the story and their "thick" questions; THINK-PAIR-SHARE

2) Read Aloud: Another Trickster Tale with the focus on the kids pulling out elements of a Trickster Tale basing it on the commonalities of the read aloud stories. Partners---Venn:
to compare and contrast the tales).

3.) RESEARCH- small groups will meet and research "What are the elements of a Trickster Tale?" Here are some great sites you might want to put on a wiki for your students - trickster tales websites.doc

Present information: ex, fill out a T-Chart ...what is a Trickster Tale and What it is not, or make wiki page- insert a table (quick formative assessment; pulse of group)

4.) Partners Read Trickster Tale (leveled books from H.M. work well. DIFFERENTIATION FOR STRUGGLING READERS- They can listen and follow along to the story on CD) Fill out Template which will be posted to the wiki. Here's an example of a graphic organizer that works well. Trickster Tale Graphic Organize.DOC

5) Writing: Students will write a trickster tale of their own. Students will write following the process: A rubric is included for their use and teacher's.
1) Prewrite: Use trickster tale planning organizer. Students should open this form and type directly into it. They should save their changes to their H drive, the wiki, or a zip drive.
2) Rough Draft- Use trickster tale planning organizer. Students should open this form and type directly into it. They should save their changes to their H drive, the wiki, or a zip drive.
3) Peer Conference- meet with peer. Fill in Peer Conference form. (see sample:PEER CONFERENCE.docx)
4) Edit/Revise in Word. Save.
5) Teacher Conference
6) Edit/Revise-Students can copy and paste their rough draft from the rough draft form to a new document. They can edit and revise directly in word.
7) Publishing options-Students can simply print their word documents or create a photo story. For the photo story, students must draw illustrations to match at least three events of their story. They should take digital photos of their illustrations and upload them to photostory3. Students can use the narration option and record their voices reading their stories. The photostory can be uploaded to the wiki, saved to their H drive or a zip drive.
  • GLCE's
    • W.GN.03.01 Write a cohesive narrative piece such as a fable, folktale, or realistic fiction using personification, setting, action, and thought that reveal important character traits.
    • W.PR.03.01
    • W.PR.03.02
    • W.PR.03.03
    • W.PR.03.04
    • W.PR.03.05
    • W.PS.03.01
    • W.GR.03.01
    • W.SP.03.01
    • W.AT.03.01
    • R.WS.03.08
    • R.NT.03.01
    • R.NT.03.02
    • R.NT.03.03
    • R.NT.03.04
    • R.CM.03.03 Compare and contrast relationships among characters, events, and key ideas within and across texts to create a deeper understanding; including a narrative to an information text, a literature selection to a subject area text, an a historical event to a current event.
  • !gnite Goals
    • Students will collaborate, communicate, problem solve (Students will creatively demonstrate the elements of a trickster tale...students have to figure out how to demonstrate their learning and understanding of the elements of trickster tales within a narrative piece).
  • Students will use a graphic organizer to analyze their leveled readers about Trickster Tales.
  • List of Trickster titles
  • Trickster links
  • Trickster graphic organizer


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