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  • 1. Fantasy Genre Study Fables and Story Mapping Aimee Harrison and Mary Ann Simmons Eanes EISD
  • 2. Fantasy:Traditional Literature Types: ● Folktales ● Fairy Tales ● Fables ● Legends/Epics/Ballads ● Myths Source: Fountas and Pinnell, Genre Study.
  • 3. Close Study: Fables Fables: An imagined story that features characters and events that could not exist in the real world. Brief and moralistic and primarily meant to instruct. Story Mapping: Identifying the events that come together to create a story. Story Mapping includes the following elements: introduction, initiating event, climax, resolution, and conclusion. It also identifies author’s theme. Sources: Fountas and Pinnell, Genre Study. Hoyt, Interactive Read-Aloud.
  • 4. Lesson Sequence Lesson 1 Noticings: Students were read three fables as an interactive read-aloud. Teacher scribed student noticings of fable characteristics. After reading three, the students and teachers put some of the characteristics in an always column and other characteristics were identified as often present in a fable. Lesson 2 Story Mapping: Interactive Read-Aloud Structural Elements lesson using the fable The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison.
  • 5. Lesson Sequence Lesson 3 Student Application: Students were put into collaborative groups of about 4-5 students. Teachers loaded five Aesop’s Fables into eBackpack for students to access. Each group was assigned a fable in eBackpack. Groups were provided a story mapping graphic. Assignment: Groups were to read their fable and fill in their story map together. Groups were to write their own fable and make a Puppet Pal presentation on one group members iPad using the same moral of their assigned fable but using different characters, setting, and events. They then presented to the class.
  • 6. Assessment/TEKS Presentations: Students were graded on group participation, group story map, and final Puppet Pal presentation. TEKS: (3) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. (A) compare and contrast the themes or moral lessons of several works of fiction from various cultures; (6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. (A) write imaginative stories that include: (i) a clearly defined focus, plot, and point of view; (1) Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student is expected to: (A) create original products using a variety of resources;