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NCTE: Assessing Student-Created Folk Tales

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This activity specifically relies on and follows students' creation of folk tales, but may also use any traditional folk tale as its basis. Students will evaluate folk tales, identify uses of cause and effect, and comment on its use.

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 with students previous lessons on cause and effect relationships in folk tales. Explain the objectives of this activity. Each student should be provided with the folk tales from another group. This is most effectively done using the TI-Navigator™ "Send" feature. Otherwise, students share with each other by using the unit-to-unit cables.

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

    Students will submit their responses for teacher evaluation. To do this, the students send their folk tales to the teacher's computer using either the TI Connectivity cable or TI-Navigator. You might use the same evaluation form yourself, and then compare your answers with student responses to gauge their understanding.