- Demonstrate understanding of Chinese
folktales by creating own folktale.
- Identify the elements of a folktale.
Microsoft Word, story map, folktales,
- Begin the lesson by prompting the
students prior knowledge with the following questions:
folktales? What are some examples of folktales? What are the
characteristics of folktales? What do folktales tell us about
- Inform the students
that they are going to be reading and learning about folktales from
Explain that folktales
started long ago as stories that people told to each other. These
stories generally were not written down until much later.
There are hundreds upon thousands of Chinese folktales. These
folktales have survived thousands of years throughout Chinese history
mainly through oral tradition. These folktales usually convey a moral
or wisdom. Often, they are short, have a simple plot, and can be told
in just a few minutes. They combine history and mythology. Today, many
of these folktales have survived as a short proverb, widely used and
understood in the Chinese language. The significance of these folktales is the display of Chinese
values. Some of these common themes are: the triumph of justice over
injustice; the supremacy of wisdom over sheer physical strength;
examples of cleverness or resourcefulness. These are all important
Chinese values which are passed from one generation to the next
through the telling of folktales.
- Have the students visit selected websites to learn more about
- Give each student a copy of the Chinese folktale: Tuan and the Giant Snail. Have the
students read the folktale silently or by choral reading.
- Discuss the various elements of the folktale.
- After reviewing the elements of a folktale with the students,
explain that they will write their own folktale.
- Have them brainstorm some values and traditions that are important
to their family or culture. Give each student a story map to organize their
- After the students have completed their story map, they will use a
word processor to write their folktale. Students' folktales
should include pictures that they have scan, downloaded, or drawn.
- Students will read their completed folktales to the class or share
with primary classes. Bind all folktales to display and share in
the school's media center.
Chinese Folktale rubric
Student can select their
favorite folktales to perform for the class or school.
Students can read and
write own proverbs.
Sum: http://newton.mec.edu/Angier/DimSum/Chinese Folktales.html
teachers and students can access online folktales
Children's Folktales: http://kent.k12.wa.us/staff/sfunk/ChildFolktales.html
teachers and students can access a list of
teachers and students can access online tales
more online folktales