Family Stories and the Oral Tradition

How well do you know stories told in your family? Could you recite them by heart? Middle schoolers study the importance of the oral tradition by telling a partner a story, having the partner recite it back, and then interviewing a family member about the same story.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have partners choose a movie they have both seen, and see if they can retell it independently with similar or different details
  • Encourage learners to record their parents or grandparents telling family stories
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires a story that all students know well; choose a story that you have read in class if learners have different experiences
  • Comes with links that differentiate and extend the instruction
  • Connects well to studies of cultural holidays and traditions
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