Traditional stories such as myths, legends, fables and folktales have been an important part of all human cultures through oral storytelling tradition for thousands of years. We will explore a number of traditional stories from many different contexts and learn about their importance for entertainment, education, enculturation and spirituality. The inquiry will culminate in a picture-book retelling of a traditional story that you will present to a younger audience!
Session 1 – Tuning In to Traditional Stories
We begin our new unit by telling some stories as a group, brainstorming our experiences with oral storytelling, and reading some traditional stories!
Session 2 – Types of Traditional Stories
In this lesson, we examine the distinguishing features of a range of traditional story types, including myths, legends, fables, parables, folktales and fairytales.
Session 3 – Traditional Stories from Around the World
We share various stories from around the world in order to explore how the morals of such tales can teach us about the cultural attitudes of the societies in which they were written.
Session 4 – Children’s Books
Today we will read a number of children’s books to discern any patterns in the genre. We will create a ‘checklist’ of genre features and use these to analyse and evaluate a text.
Session 5 – Book Reviews
We all love to consume media – books, movies, video games and music. Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out what we should spend our valuable money on. Reading reviews/commentaries is one way that consumers can figure out whether to spend money and time in consuming media. Today, we will learn about this text type and use it to persuade an audience – all whilst demonstrating our knowledge and understanding of traditional stories and children’s literature.
Session 6 – Becoming a Children’s Book Author
In these lessons, we will take a traditional story and, following the design process, turn it into a children’s book. We will revise the important elements of children’s literature and learn about some important visual design concepts as well!
Session 7 – Oral Storytelling
Now that we have made our children’s books, it is time to perform them! In these lessons, we will learn about aspects of effective public speaking before practising and performing oral storytelling of our picture books.
Session 8 – Making Conclusions
We wrap up our unit of inquiry in the same fashion as we began it — by telling stories! We will then reflect on our learning and provide feedback on the unit itself.