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ERIC Number: ED241901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Focus on Folktales for Critical Reading.
Bosma, Bette
A 3-month unit on folktales with two sixth-grade classes proved to be a highly motivating means of developing critical reading skills. Lessons, which generally occupied from four to six class periods each, involved four steps: (1) the teacher stated the skills to be learned and told students what was planned for the reading period each day; (2) the teacher read aloud one or more folktales appropriate to the lesson and initiated a discussion on the reading material; (3) students selected books from the collection and read them independently or with partners, giving attention to the skill for that lesson; and (4) students participated in various forms of discussion and demonstrated critical reading skills through posters, creative writing, story telling, and dramatization. Over the course of the unit, students improved their ability to classify types of folktales and to make evaluative comparisons. They continued to show strong interest in having the teacher read aloud and frequently expressed interest in reading independently. Filled with rich language, adventure, and humor, folk literature appears particularly well adapted to the interests and needs of sixth grade students. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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