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Lesson Plan

Connecting Families through Folk Stories and Fairy Tales
Subject: Literacy
Grade span: K to 5
Duration: Varies
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Family Literacy Events


This lesson is one example of a family literacy project aimed at engaging culturally and linguistically diverse families. Requests and blank booklets are sent home asking parents to write down a folk story or fairy tale from their childhood in their primary language. Students rewrite the story in English in their own booklet and add illustrations. Parent and child are then invited to present their story to the rest of the class in both languages. A culminating event celebrates the contributions of all families.


Adapted from: Stuczynski, A., Linik, J., Novick, R., Spraker, J., Tucci, P., & Ellis, D. (2005). Tapestry of tales: Stories of self, family, and community provide rich fabric for learning. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

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