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Golden Rainbows and Shoemakers

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

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There's medieval tale,"Adventure of Fergus son of Léti," about a King who gets kidnapped on a beach by lúchorpáin. Who are these mysterious creatures?

avatar Submitted By: Diane Marie Ellis

April 2, 2018

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Samuel Lover: Legends and Stories of Ireland

Book digitized by Google from the library of the University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.

Learning Objectives

  • This lesson can be modified for different grade levels. I chose 3rd grade because I believe this is the first grade level that starts looking at folklore and myths as part of their standard.
  • TX Knowledge & Skill Statement - 3.5: Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding
  • 3.5A: Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories. 3.5B: Compare and contrast the settings in myths and traditional folktales.

Guiding Ideas

Every year we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in March.  We wear green and try to look like Leprechauns, even if we aren't even Irish!  What does the Leprechaun have to do with St. Patrick anyway, since the celebration has to do with the Saint?  Also, is our version of the Leprechaun true to the legend or has media's interpretation of it redefined what a Leprechaun really is?

Student Activities

Read and analyze the different version of the Leprechaun stories.

Let students plan, pre-write, draft, and write a summary of a version of their choice.

In groups, students will then use their writings to create a version of the story in MineCraft as a shared world where each Leprechaun folktale/myth is represented either in ancient or modern settings.

Bonus:  If it is discovered how the Leprechaun is tied into St. Patrick's Day, allow students to build the explanation into their world.

Performance Expectations

Student will be able to demonstrate how they drew conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding by creating a world that exemplifies all elements of the different versions of the Leprechaun from ancient to modern, with narrations, that support their written summaries.

The Minecraft world must be true to the time period and historical context of the stories. Billboard citations  built into their world must also be present for specific information used.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Samuel Lover: Legends and Stories of Ireland

Book digitized by Google from the library of the University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.