Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Folktales: What Do They Teach? Day 2 of 2 - Section 3: What is the Lesson?


In looking at their work, I can see my students have a thin grasp of the lesson their folktale is teaching. I asked them to reread their folktale because I understand the power of rereading. Also, I asked to write down again the main character and the setting hoping it would help them identify the lesson. And, I asked them to record evidence about how their character learned the lesson. I modeled how to write down evidence that repeated itself.

Some did improve, so I need to look at evidence because what I wanted was for everyone to get it. 

Yes, Don't Trust Strangers

Zomo Wants Wisdom

Some Understanding of Lesson and How

And what it tells me is that my students need more practice with this skill.


I will need to do more with character analysis. For example, I can give them more time for oral discussion about the characters they are reading about and how these characters evolve over the course of the story. I can have them create linear timelines so that they can see visually the character's development. 

Also, I need to do more direct teaching of vocabulary. As second language learners this direct instruction will benefit them. 

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: What is the Lesson?
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Folktales: What Do They Teach? Day 2 of 2

Unit 17: Folktales
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT reread to determine the central lesson in a folktale.

Big Idea: Cultures disperse their wisdom through their many folktales.

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