Lesson Plan

Elements of Traditional Literature

Teach your class about the genre of traditional literature, made up of stories from around the world that have been told for generations. In this lesson, students will read fairy tales and compare story elements in each piece of literature.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize the elements of fictional text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
  1. Tell students that today, they will be learning about genres of literature called fairy tales, folktales, and fables. These genres are all examples of fictional Traditional Literature.
  2. Discuss new vocabulary, and what each word means. Traditional Literature comes from all different countries, and is comprised of stories that were passed orally, through telling stories aloud, from generation to generation. Fables are stories that contain a lesson or moral, such as The Tortoise and the Hare.
  3. Explain to students that The Tortoise and the Hare is a fable because it has a strong moral. The moral of the story is that taking time to do something right, rather than rushing it, means you will do it better.
  4. Show the class the folktales and fairy tales you will be talking about today.
  • Beginning:
  • Provide student friendly definitions of the following vocabulary words in English and L1and have students record them in their reading logs or journals prior to the lesson: characters, setting, problem, solution, plot, magic, transition words, moral, etc.
  • Intermediate:
  • Put students in pairs and give students a bilingual dictionary and notecards with the following vocabulary words written on them: characters, setting, problem, solution, plot, magic, transition words, and moral.
  • Allow students to define and create illustrations for each word and record them in their reading logs or journals prior to the lesson.