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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 2.1: Folktale: How Zebras Got Their Stripes

Folktales: How Zebras Got Their Stripes

What will we be learning today?


  • Another element of folktales

  • Identifying problems/solutions
  • Identifying cause/effect


Another element of folktales


  • Folktales have another common element in addition to the ones we talked about in Lesson 1.
  • Many folktales have a moral. This means that they teach a life lesson.
    A life lesson or moral may include things like:

    1 Honesty
    2 Honor
    3 Courage
    4 Patience


 
Problems/Solutions


  • A problem is something that is difficult to deal with
  • A solution is the answer to the problem.

    Example : I did not get up on time. I will set the alarm clock tomorrow.

    Problem : I did not get up on time.
    Solution : I will set the alarm clock tomorrow.

  • When you read short stories, novels, etc, you will find the characters often have a problem. The interesting part of the story is learning how they solve their problems!


Cause/Effect


  • Cause and effect is very much like problems/solutions.
  • It deals more with the consequences of actions and behaviors.

    Cause : Reason something happens
    Effect : Something that happens.

    Example : I was late to school. I will have a morning detention

    Cause : I was late to school.
    Effect : I will have a morning detention.

  • Often when you're reading, the action will have a cause/effect relationship.
 


Reading the Story


  • As you read the folktale "How Zebras Got Their Stripes", look for the following things.


  • 1  Moral or life lesson
    2  Problem/solution
    3  Cause/effect


please read the assigned folktale