LESSON PLANYour name: Caitlin Bergan Cooperating teacher-librarian: Kathy BennettDate: Dec 5-10 School & City: Lincoln Trail, MahometLesson Title: Anansi 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:Anansi Goes Fishing retold by Eric A. KimmelInstructional procedures:Focusing event: (how will you get the students’ attention?)Folktale – what is it? Pourqoui story – what is it? “Pourquoi” is the French word for“why”? Pourquoi tales tell a made up story about why something exists in nature.Input from you: (what are you teaching & how are you delivering the content?)This story is from West Africa. It features a character named Anansi. Let’s talkabout Anansi – does anyone know Anansi? Let’s see how he acts and we’ll talk abouthim at the end of the story.Guided practice: (application of knowledge by students)
Anansi is already a spider – he isn’t changed into a spider like Arachne, so what doesit explain the “why” of? What can Anansi do now that he couldn’t at the beginning ofthe story?What is Anansi like? Is he a nice person? Do other people trust him? Why not?Let’s remember these things about Anansi – they may come back up.Closure (how will you end the lesson?)What were some differences between the stories? What was similar?What’s next? (another related lesson, review, end of unit?)Trickster characters in folktales.