LESSON PLANYour name: Caitlin Bergan Cooperating teacher-librarian: Kathy BennettDate: November 29-December 3 School & City: Lincoln Trail, MahometLesson Title: Arachne Pourquoi TaleGrade level: 3rd grade Length of lesson: 15 minPurpose: (“why” of the lesson; where and how does it fit in the curriculum?)Students will be able to recognize the features of a pourquoi taleLearning Outcome(s): (what will students be able to do/know by the end of thelesson?)Students will… • Be able to explain what a pourquoi tale is • Review of what a folktale isIllinois Learning Standard(s) Addressed:1.B.1a Establish purposes for reading, make predictions, connect important ideas,and link text to previous experiences and knowledge1.B.1b Identify genres (forms and purposes) of fiction, nonfiction, poetry andelectronic literary forms.1.C.1c Make comparisons across reading selections18.A.1 Identify folklore from different cultures which became part of the heritageof the United StatesStandards for 21st Century Learner Addressed:1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.4.1.1 Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.4.1.2 Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, andprevious reading.4.1.3: Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formatsand genres.4.4.4: Interpret new information based on cultural and social context.Materials:Needed by you: Needed by students:The McElderry Book of Greek Myths Retold by Eric A. Kimmel Arachne p. 30Instructional procedures:Focusing event: (how will you get the students’ attention?)Last week we talked about a kind of character called a noodle head who sometimesappears in folktale – who remembers what a folktale is?Now we’re going to look at another kind of folktale that is called a pourqoui story.“Pourquoi” is the French word for “why”? Pourquoi tales tell a made up story aboutwhy something exists in nature.
Input from you: (what are you teaching & how are you delivering the content?) This is an old story from Greece. One of the main characters is the goddessAthena – does anyone know anything about her? She is the goddess wisdom, whichcovers strategy in war, as well as the goddess of home crafts like sewing, cooking,and weaving.Read BookGuided practice: (application of knowledge by students)What is the “why?” that this story answers? Why are there spiders – where dothey come from?Why does Arachne end up as a spider? She boasts about the things she can do andshe’s disrespectful to the gods. In Greek stories, bad things happen to people whoboast about what they can do and are disrespectful to others.The story of Arachne effects what we call spiders even today! We call themarachnids – don’t we! It comes from Arachne in this story.Closure (how will you end the lesson?)Think about all the things that someone might explain how they came to be througha story. (Example: why does it rain? Why do cats chase dogs? How did the elephantget a long trunk? Have a few out for the kids to check out)Next week we’ll read another pourquoi story about spiders, but from a differentcountry.What’s next? (another related lesson, review, end of unit?)Anansi Goes Fishing – A pourquoi tale from West Africa.