Activity 2: Forming Folktales
Step 1 (5 min)
Present the section of slides for Activity 2 (slides 19-23). Invite students to recall what they read about Br'er Rabbit in Sugar. Facilitate a brief classroom discussion on the following questions:
Step 2 (10 min)
Read the folktale, "Brer Rabbit Falls Down the Well," translated by S.E. Schlosser. Students can take turns reading in a round or popcorn style, or the instructor can read aloud.
Step 3 (20 min)
Instruct students to use context clues in the text to brainstorm the meaning of each of the vocabulary words below. Then, review the vocabulary definitions (slides 22-23). Reread the folktale to further consolidate the vocabulary.
Step 4 (5 min)
Facilitate a classroom discussion on the following questions:
Instruct students to write their own folktale story about Br'er Rabbit as a take-home assignment.
Folktale: a story that is passed down, usually through telling it orally (out loud)
Tote: to carry something heavy
Brush: small trees and shrubs
Debris: loose pieces of natural materials, such as rocks, leaves, and twigs
Briar: prickly shrubs
Infected: affected with a virus or disease
Well: a deep hole filled with drinking water
Plummet: to quickly fall or drop straight down
Rascal: a naughty person
Perk up: to get more energy, to become more cheerful
Score: a large amount of something
Muddy: to make something dirty