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Kathleen Spencer
Language Arts

Unit created on 10/18/1999 EST.
Last modified 12/6/1999 12:17:07 PM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

Storytelling is the art of using language, vocalization, and/or physical movement and gesture to reveal the elements and images of a story to a specifiec, live audience.

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

Standard 5: Appreciates and enjoys literature and other creative expressions of information, as described by the following indicators: is a competent and self-motivated reader; derives meaning from information presented creatively in a variety of formats; develops creative products in a variety of formats

Relevance (help)

I want students to learn were the are of storytelling originated from and the importance of storytelling in our history.

Assessment (help)

Lesson One: Assessment will be made of the final presentations each student makes to the class and thier participation in the class discussions. Lesson Two: Assessment will be made if the student was able to find a fairy tale and if the tale is in fact a fairy tale. Lesson Three: Evaluation will be made on if the student understood what a fable is and if they were able to find the lesson in the fable. Students will also be evaluated on how they paticipate in the class discusion. Lesson Four: Students will be assessed by their actural presentation of the legend. This will be an actual story told to the class. This will be the student's first attempt at storytelling. Assessment will be made on how well they researched their information and how well they present their tale to the class.

Components (help)

Lesson One: Students will learn about the history and genres of storytelling by researching the first storytellers. Learning will take place by sharing what the studetns have found in their research of early storytellers. Research will take place using the Internet, written materials, and other sources of their choice. The teacher will interject whatever history is not covered in the studetns' findings. Lesson Two: Fairy tales are stories from common people of a culture that has been passed down or told over and over again that include fairies, pixies, leprechauns, or elves. Students will learn how to recognize a fairy tale and how to tell the tale. A presentation of different fairy tales will be made to the class. Following the presentation the class will discuss the different types of fairy tales they remember as a child. Students will be asked to verify if the tale fals under the definition of a fairy tale. Lesson Three: A fable is a story that is developed to teach a lesson, often having animals that talk and act like humans. This is the definintion that students will need to know when researching a fable. Fables are different than fairy tales and students will need to know the difference between the two. Students will learn this by making comparisons between fairy tales and fables. Every student will then be asked to bring a fable to class. After sharing the fables they have brought to class they will then need to explain what the lesson is that is being taught in that particular fable. Lesson Four: A legend is a story that is from the past and handed down, of an occurrence that is believed to have historical basis. An urban legend is a story in a comtemporary setting that is reported as a true individual experieince. This is a very fascinating form of storytelling and one in which students should have the most fun researching. Researching urban legends can be done several ways but two of the best ways is by interviewing froinds and family and by the Internet. Students need to know what is an urban legend verses fact. Urban legends are a common occurrence on e-mail today. they will be asked to find three urban legends, one source must be the Internet, one must be an interview, and the third will be of their choice.

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Workforce Competencies (info) (help)

Standard Title: INFORMATION MANAGERS (3.1) Students locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, maintain, and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment. Standard Title: CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKERS (3.4) Students use creative thinking skills to generate new ideas, make the best decisions, recognize and solve problems through reasoning, interpret symbolic data, and develop efficient techniques for lifelong learning.

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