Why teach a fairy tales and fables unit?

Why teach a fairy tales and fables unit?

This unit involves practically all the reading, writing, and communicating standards for second graders published by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It is directly linked to the following standards:

1.     Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading literary text.

–       Interpret the intended message in various genres (such as fables, billboards, web pages, poetry, and posters).

–       Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. (CCSS: RL.2.2)

–       Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud. (CCSS: RL.2.6)

–       Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. (CCSS: RL.2.9)

2.     Exploring the writing process helps to plan and draft a variety of literary genres.

–       Write simple, descriptive poems.

–       Use a knowledge of structure and crafts of various forms of writing gained through reading and listening to mentor texts.

–       How are different literary genres different in form and substance?

–       Parents like to read fairy tales to their children before they go to bed.

–       The ability to read and understand poems and fictional stories will assist in building metacognition, which will aid in comprehending harder text.

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