Lesson: 3: Cause-and-Effect Relationships (Myths)

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify cause-and-effect relationships in myths.

Lesson Plan

Direct Teaching
(I)            will briefly discuss the myth genre and how these stories were created to explain a part of nature. There is usually a magical or mythical cause for a natural occurrence, such as rain or thunder. I will begin reading the first five pages of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale retold by Verna Aardema and model identifying cause-and-effect relationships. (Example Chart is provided.)
Guided Practice
(We)            will continue reading Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears and identifying cause-and-effect relationships. (Example Chart is provided.) We will discuss why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears and how myths always are about a major cause-and effect-relationship, usually about nature.
Independent Practice
(You)            will read, “Why the Cat Purrs,” and explain the cause-and-effect relationship in the myth. You will write a short paragraph explaining why cats purr. (Independent Practice passage and worksheet are provided.)

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Lesson Resources

Direct Teaching & Guided Practice Example Chart   Notes
Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork


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