Reflection: Complex Tasks Folktales: Exploring the Genre - Section 3: Labeling their Learning


Because it has been awhile since students have completed an inquiry independent of me, I wanted to break the entire task into several manageable pieces. Each step in the lesson asks students to think at a different level. In the first step, student worked at a very literal level of thinking by naming and recognizing details they observed in their texts. In this second section, students moved up the level of complexity and demonstrated comprehension by categorizing texts and defending their choices. In the last stage, students move again up the ladder to the analysis level where they compare several types of genres to determine commonalities. It was my hope that by separating the tasks into three steps and increasing the level of complexity in each, students will success in learning new information about the folktale genre and in practicing their critical thinking skills. 

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Folktales: Exploring the Genre

Unit 12: Folktales: Fables, Tall Tales, and Fairy Tales
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT read various texts to determine the genre.

Big Idea: In this unit, students will explore three types of folktales while practicing their critical thinking skills. In day one, students work in two groups to analyze texts, determine commonalities, and label their learning.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, fairy tales, fables, Folktales, tall tales, traditional literature, Genre
  65 minutes
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