How to Tell a Myth

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Each book in this series follows the same format as it examines one aspect of the oral tradition. This begins with a definition of a myth and the origins of creation and hero myths. Two examples follow: a Native American story "Old Man Coyote Makes the World" and "The Twelve Labors of Hercules" (abbreviated tale). Each is analyzed for characters, dialog/dialect, setting (time and place), plot and theme with an emphasis on myths as stories that explain rather than excite. Creative response suggestions range from writing a review of the Hercules myth to making a rap song about Hercules and creating an original superhero. Step-by-step guidelines are in place to help students write their own myths and include prewriting, topic choice, story maps, drafts and revisions, and a checklist for the final copy. A glossary, index, list of further readings and websites are appended. The illustrations come from various media and graphic collections and fit within a layout that is well designed and uncluttered. This slim volume will be welcomed by teachers who will see myriad possibilities for their students to explore, retell, create and share their literary experiences. This is part of the "Text Styles" series. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—Well-written and well-organized, these books seek to identify specific types of traditional literature and to analyze their characteristics in a methodical manner. Though each title suggests a possible guidebook for oral presentations, the word "tell" here simply means "understand." There are no tools here for would-be storytellers; instead, the focus is on how to read, comprehend, and try one's hand at writing an original story in the given style. Each book begins with a clear definition of the genre and proceeds to a nicely illustrated story that probes such literary elements as character, dialogue, dialect, setting, plot, and theme. Attractive graphic elements such as text boxes, bullet lists, and story maps help to highlight the kinds of textual evidence that today's students are frequently asked to provide, especially when taking tests. A second story is included, followed by related activities and step-by-step directions for creative writing. Perfect for genre studies, these books will be popular with teachers, and they are attractive and accessible for student reports. Buyers should be aware that the explanations of classic literary elements are repetitive, a fact to take into consideration when deciding whether to purchase the entire set or individual titles.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778716389
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Text Styles , #4
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 980,925
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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