SPRING 2012
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CURRICULUM INSERT | Social Justice Begins With Me
DIVISION Intermediate
Building Supportive Communities
December
Seven
GRADE
MONTH
THEME
BOOK TITLE:
The People Could Fly:
American Black Folktales
AUTHOR: Virginia Hamilton
ILLUSTRATOR: Leo and
Diane Dillon
PUBLISHER: Random House
Children’s Books, 1994
ISBN-13: 978-0394869254
SYNOPSIS
The well-known author
retells 24 black American
folktales, including animal
tales, supernatural tales,
fanciful and cautionary tales,
and slave tales of freedom.
MINISTRY EXPECTATIONS
English Language
Reading
7e26, 7e27, 7e37
Writing
7e49, 7e57, 7e58, 7e61
CURRICULUM CONNECTION EXPECTATIONS
The Arts
7a54, 7a56, 7a64
Big Idea / Objective / Character Development Connection
Respect; Caring; Integrity; Perseverance
Suggested Activities and Culminating Tasks
E Brainstorm African-Americans’ specific contributions to life and society in North America.
E Have students research one of the characters described in the folktales and present their
findings to the class.
E Why are folktales important for social justice for all people? Have students write a journal
entry.
E What importance does the theme of flying play in the different folktales? What do flying
and freedom have in common? Have students create a journal entry about the power of
flying in the role of a character in one of the folktales.
E Have small groups of students choose a folktale to learn and perform as a play for younger
students.
E Use Check a Book for Bias Bookmark six (see the Teacher Resource Guide).
Extensions
E Have students communicate their thoughts and feelings about one of the illustrations using
an art form of their choice (e.g., visual arts, drama, or dance).
Community Engagement / Related Resources
Go to the Black History in Canada Education Guide. Explore seminal events and personalities in
Black Canadian history through engaging discussion and interactive activities.
http://www.blackhistorycanada.ca/education.php
MATERIALS
- Picture book listed above
- Internet access
- Journals
- Check a Book for Bias Bookmark six
- Art supplies