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Sacred Stories of Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Native America in the Classroom collection provides six videos and support materials about indigenous peoples who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Young historians are introduced to Incan and Hopi origin stories, a...
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Explore Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this literature analysis lesson. Middle schoolers read and summarize the plot of the story. They then adapt passages for a contemporary audience and analyze the...
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A Legend...A Mask

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore symbolism and American Indian legends. They create a legend with symbols or pictures and then design and create masks that symbolize something from their legend. Finally, they orally present their legends to their...
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Pablita Indian Legends

For Teachers K - 3rd
Scholars are introduced to the characteristics of a legend. They read and discuss Old Father Story Teller by Pablita Velarde. Then, in groups, they write and illustrate a poem based on one of the legends from the book. This lesson plan...
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Introduction to Myths, Fables, and Legends

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Middle schoolers identify elements of myths, fables, and legends as they read an example of each.  After reading an example of each type of story, they list elements from each.  They compare and contrast these features by completing a...
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How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes: a Legend of the Iroquois

For Students 5th Standards
Have you ever wondered about a chipmunk's stripes? Read a short passage featuring the Iroquois legend about the chipmunk and his stripes, and answer five comprehension questions about the plot, the theme, and the unfamiliar vocabulary.
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Let's Look at Legends: Oregon quarter reverse

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Analyzing historical legends is a fun way to develop critical-thinking skills. Pupils will use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast two historical legends relating to volcanoes. While this lesson focuses on the image of Crater...
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Creating a Legend

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners create a legend that explains the existence of Mount St. Helens. They discuss how natural occurences often have no clear explanation. After listening to legends concerning the formation of Mt. St. Helens, students create their...
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Myths, Legends, and Tales: Lesson 12

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore literature genres. In this myths and legends activity, students listen to The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher and add the names and meanings of the Egyptian gods and goddesses described in...
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Legends

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars are introduced to the topic of legends. Using the text of Irving's novels, they gather information on different cultures. They practice using new vocabulary and their listening skills. They retell the stories in...
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Comparing Myths With Legends

For Students 4th - 6th
Here's a prewriting activity that gets kids thinking about how to craft their own myth or legend. After charting the similarities and differences of various elements in the two types of stories they have read, writers use the provided...
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The Notorious Hope Diamond: What Makes an American Legend?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students view and discuss a video on the legend of the Hope Diamond then compare and contrast other tales such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed. They analyze basic characteristics of these legends then use descriptive...
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A Native American Legend

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students compare the Native American version of Cinderella to the more popular version they know. They compare legends with fairy tales and explore character traits and discuss the meaning of good character. They write a fairy tale of...
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Myths, Folktales, and Legends

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Ten learning stations make for an active and collaborative activity on myths, folktales, and legends. Pupils read a different text at each station and determine what genre the piece fits into, offering evidence for their decision.
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Legend and Symbol: An Etymology Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How are the words tradition and traitor related? A thorough language arts resource explores the ways Latin and Greek words are represented in traditional legends and artwork, and reinforces word meaning with several grammar exercises.
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Urban Legends

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Irony, hyperbole, and other rhetorical devices are at play in this presentation about urban legends. Several examples of urban legends help to clarify the analysis, making it valuable for those who have a hard time wrapping their mind...
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Yoruba Legends: Southern Nigeria

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore legends and storytelling with your learners. After listening to some legends, pupils work collaboratively and then individually to come up with original legends about animals.
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Build Me a Legend

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Legends are full of imagery and action. Transfer a scene from a legend to a three-dimensional art piece. Class members first view Inuit art and discuss  legends. They then build scenes that include action, setting, and characters.
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Myths and Legends from Ancient Greece and Around the World

For Students 8th - 10th
Develop your Greek mythology lesson with this learning exercise, which contains six questions about Alice Low's "Zeus and the Creation of Mankind." They can learn about the story of Prometheus as well as study the Greek myth of creation....
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A Gift of Corn to the Choctaw

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A mysterious woman. A humble sharing of a meal. A generous gift. The universal value of generosity is threaded throughout a core Choctaw legend on why the tribe began to grow corn. Using part of the Native American Sacred Stories series,...
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Legends Old and New

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars listen to a Native American legend and discuss the basic elements of story. In small groups they read and analyze more legends from books and Websites. Then they compose and present an original legend.
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United States Legends

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars learn about legends in different states by communicating with students from different states. They exchange pictures and description through the Internet.
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The Latin American Legend - "La Luz de Yara".

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study a Latin American legend and discuss the belief systems present. They compare and contrast this legend to other cultures. They create a class mural showing the most important scene from the legend and act it out. ...
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Canadian Legends (Inuit and/or Native)

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the attributes of Canadian legends by reading both Internet and written versions. They examine Arctic animals in order to determine which one they will write about. They work in pairs to write the first half of a...

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