CURRICULUM INSERT | Social Justice Begins With Me
Building Supportive Communities
The People Could Fly:
American Black Folktales
Children’s Books, 1994
The well-known author
retells 24 black American
folktales, including animal
tales, supernatural tales,
fanciful and cautionary tales,
and slave tales of freedom.
7e26, 7e27, 7e37
7e49, 7e57, 7e58, 7e61
CURRICULUM CONNECTION EXPECTATIONS
7a54, 7a56, 7a64
Big Idea / Objective / Character Development Connection
Respect; Caring; Integrity; Perseverance
Suggested Activities and Culminating Tasks
Brainstorm African-Americans’ specific contributions to life and society in North America.
Have students research one of the characters described in the folktales and present their
findings to the class.
Why are folktales important for social justice for all people? Have students write a journal
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.
Have small groups of students choose a folktale to learn and perform as a play for younger
Use Check a Book for Bias Bookmark six (see the Teacher Resource Guide).
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.
- Picture book listed above
- Internet access
- Check a Book for Bias Bookmark six
- Art supplies