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Students write their own Native American myth in this lesson
Social Studies, Language Arts
Title – Myths
By – Shirley Bosarge
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 4
Time – 40 minutes
- Use story/myths to explain natural world.
II. Behavioral Objectives
- The students will be able to interpret information and data using various graphic organizers.
- The students will be able to write a myth from a Native American point of view.
III. Alabama Course of Study
- Objective 9: Describe historic Native Americans of Alabama after European contact.
- Culture Examples: folklore, games, dance, music
- Teacher: Teachers Edition of Text Book, White board, Markers
- Student: Text Book, Paper, Pencil
- Ask, “Have you ever wondered why the grass is green, the sky is blue, or a raccoon looks like he’s wearing a mask?”
VI. Instructional Procedures
- 1. Call students to the carpet.
- 2. Start by asking them the motivation question.
- 3. Introduce and explain the word “myth”.
- 4. Discuss what a possum is and how he looks as if he is smiling.
- 5. Build schema.
- 6. Read the myth “Why the Possum Grins.”
- 7. Talk about the myth.
- 8. Give students examples of a story starter.
- 9. Allow them to either choose from the examples or make up their own and write their own myth.
Allow them to share their myth with the class.
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