ERIC Number: ED476539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-21
Reference Count: N/A
Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales. [Lesson Plan].
Fables and trickster tales are short narratives that use animal characters with human features to convey folk wisdom and to help people understand human nature and human behavior. These stories were originally passed down through oral tradition and written down later. The legendary figure Aesop was reported to have orally passed on his animal fables, linked to earlier beast tales from India and later written down by the Greeks and Romans. Ananse trickster tales derive from the Asante people of Ghana and were brought by African slaves to the Caribbean and the United States. These tales developed into Brer Rabbit stories and were written down in the 19th century in the American South. In this unit's lesson plan intended for students in grades K-2, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally among generations and cultures. The lesson plan can be used to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures. It is related to the lesson plan "Fables and Trickster Tales around the World" intended for students in grades 3-5. The lesson plan: cites subject areas, time required, and skills developed; provides an introduction; presents learning objectives; poses guiding questions; gives tips for teachers preparing to teach the lesson; suggests (and delineates) two activities for classroom implementation; offers suggestions for extending the lesson; lists Web resources; and addresses standards alignment. (NKA)
Descriptors: Animals, Class Activities, Curriculum Enrichment, Fables, Folk Culture, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Oral Tradition, Primary Education, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives, Units of Study
For full text: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
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