Students can be invited to bring in oral stories, such as folktales, for literary or cultural analysis, expanding the range of text types and providing cultural relevance for students. 


Students can act as anthropologists, drawing upon oral texts that they bring in to retell.  During a lesson, students can be encouraged to explore folktales from their cultures with a focus on the language used to tell these stories. The lesson could culminate in a poster of their self-selected folktale depicted on a narrative arc.

student work telling folktale in home language and translation to English

Further Reading:

Annenberg Learner – Engage Students with Folktales

Clark & Marinack – Courageous Conversations: Inviting Valued Texts Into The Classroom (2011) 

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Reviewed by Louis Olander


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