Over the past two days (I squeezed it into such a short time because we weren't using our literacy series for the two day week, plus our intervention block was cancelled. Helloooo tons of teaching time, it's so nice to meet you!!), I read aloud 3 or 4 Pourquoi Tales from different cultures, including a few from Native American tribes. The kids also read a few for homework. We worked on identifying the aspects of the genre, as well as discussing the cultural elements from the stories. The class LOVED listening to the stories (and hello, we know I am a big sucker for any chance to a. read out loud and b. read picture books to my class), and really got a concept of the genre.
After writing and revising, they recopied the stories onto construction paper and illustrated. When we come back from break, I'm planning to laminate the pages and bind them into a class book. Hopefully beforehand, if I am feeling extra ambitions, I will have a chance to photocopy them all and make individual black and white booklets of the stories for the kids. They seemed excited about the class book idea, but disappointed that they wouldn't be able to take their story home. I definitely recommend this lesson, and not just as a Native American unit link. Genres, especially traditional literature genres, are a highly tested area, but tend to be very confusing for kids. While "Pourquoi Tale" isn't a specific genre, I feel like my class has a much clearer understanding of legends and myths after this lesson. And, I am SUPER excited to get the book all put together. I will post pictures of that next week!