Flossie and the Fox & Black History Month

Big Idea: Understand how different groups of people [cultures] have their own stories.

This is a folktale from the rural south - An African American Folktale. The author's grandfather told this story.
It is also a trickster tale.

Author Patrica McKissack, Illustrator Rachel Isadora.

Kagan Numbered Heads

1. Who is the real trickster in this tale?

2. Usually in stories - the fox is called the Sly Fox - why ?

- In the story Big Mama tells Flossie " Every-time they corner

that ol' slickster, he gets away. I tell you that, that fox is one sly critter."

3. This story is similar to another folktale you know. Can you name it?

Brain Break

Back to our Lesson.

Fox safari video link

The fox is surprised that Flossie is not afraid of him. Flossie shows courage,

" Oh well, a fox just be a fox - that aine be so scary."

This month we celebrate a man who showed real courage

- do you know who?

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Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

It takes courage to dream, to not be afraid- to not judge - to be true.

If there is time:
I have a dream poster -

  • Whole Group Storytelling : Flossie & the Fox and Black History Month

Big Idea: I can understand how different groups of people [cultures] have their own stories.
Learning Objectives: Students with promting will make connections between ideas [fairness]
, individuals [tricksters] and events [ slavery & civil rights]
Performance Task: listen to story,song, kagan numbered heads video,
nonfiction stories on Martin Luther KIng Jr. and Diversity [ races around the world]

Lesson Link -

1.Extention:relate to Little Red Riding Hood - also trickster tales
2.Technology- video of What does the Fox Say [brain break]
3. Higher Level thinking skills - sly foxes really sly- also comparing the tricksters,
the courage of Flossie - relating courage to Dr. King - what is your dream
4. Kagan: numbered heads comparing tricksters and the characters

Folktale: African American Folktale Flossie and the Fox
NF connection: Biography Rookie Reader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cultural Diversity: African American

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Story Telling
Total Physical Response