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NCTE: Collaborating on Creating Folk Tales

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will work in groups of 4 to write folk tales. Samples used in Activity 1 can be used as a guide to structure and format their original folk tale. They will consider characters, and cause and effect relationships in their pre-writing stages.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review activity objectives with students. Explain that they will use cause and effect relationships as part of their pre-writing of a folk tale. Review some common elements of folk tales.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Identify causes and effects present in folk tales through careful reading.
  • Analyze the relationships between cause and effect as a class.
  • Create cause and effect relationships in order to write folk tales.
  • Write folk tales which contain elements common to traditional folk tales.
  • Examine the use of cause and effect and evaluate the effectiveness of student-created folk tales.
  • After the Activity

    Provide opportunities for sharing folk tales by devoting time to a circle reading. Ask that one member of each group share their group's folk tale with the class. The audience should respond, either orally or in writing, to the tales they hear, either offering suggestions for improvement if further drafts will be written, or simply by telling what they enjoyed about it and whether they understood the cause and effect relationships which should be central to each tale.