Storytelling is a part of every culture. Before the printing press, before films and videos, stories were shared orally. People gathered around an outdoor firepit or inside by the hearth to hear tales and myths told by the storyteller. As a result, these stories passed along the traditions and values of a culture from one generation to another. Consider the following fables. The Ant and the Grasshopper, teaches the listener to be responsible while The Boy Who Cried Wolf warns that telling lies can lead to danger. Also, ancient folklore attempted to explain the mysteries of nature. Why does the moon change shape? Why does the mountain spew fire? Why do mosquitoes buzz in people's ears?
Also included are:
• Student Objectives
• Common Core Connections
• Suggestions for reinforcing vocabulary meaning throughout the year
• Word list and definitions that can be copied for students to keep in vocabulary notebooks
• Answer keys