Using Folklore to Improve Close Reading Skills: "Here's How I Heard It"

"X" is for exaggeration, "F" is for fact. To encourage close reading and to improve literary analysis skills, class members annotate fables and tall tales with symbols that identify key features of this genre.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Rather than follow the call/response format as described in the plan, ask groups to annotate and analyze several of the tales and then share their findings with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Handout contains  grammar and usage errors
  • The packet includes a detailed plan as well as handouts of the tales

Common Core