Teaching Iroquois Legends and Folktale in Middle School

Teaching literature, including myths and legends, are a part of the Common Core curriculum, as well as in numerous state standards for English Language Arts in upper elementary and middle school students.  In my seventh grade classroom, I use “Legends of the Iroquois” as a resource for teaching folktales to my students.  Click here to check out all the free and paid materials available.

I have created a two-week unit which is aligned to the New York State Common Core Standards in English Language Arts.  It is aligned in chronological order of the book and uses some additional resources as well.  It can be found here.

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This unit also uses the children’s book, “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky”.  This is a book with rich illustrations by Susan Jeffers.  This book can be used individually or as a part of the unit above.

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Implementing children’s literature is a great way to increase interest in a middle school lesson.   This is why so many of my units have children’s literature embedded within them.  To check out the quality of my work, click here view a free product! 

I love Paul Goble’s literature to reinforce my middle school unit.  I use his books as read alouds with my students and in jigsaw learning!  Here is a product of extensive reading comprehension questions to correspond with his books:

Paul Goble Children’s literature questions.  Check our all Paul Goble has to offer, check out his materials available on Amazon.

We practice picture writing using the book as a guide.  I let the students create stories on the chalkboard and using an app called my popplet!  It’s very fun and engaging.