Tomie dePaola is a beloved author and illustrator of children’s books, known for his use of storytelling to teach important values and lessons. Many of his books are based on legends and folktales from various cultures, which he adapts and retells in his own unique style.
By using legends as a basis for his stories, dePaola is able to impart important cultural and moral values to young readers. For example, in his book “The Legend of the Bluebonnet,” he retells a Native American legend that teaches the importance of selflessness and sacrifice.
Through his use of vivid illustrations and engaging storytelling, dePaola is able to bring these legends to life and make them accessible to young readers. His books have become beloved classics, not only because they are entertaining and well-written, but because they also teach important values and life lessons that children can carry with them throughout their lives.
This 56-page ready-to-use packet includes ELA resources and activities for the following Tomie dePaola legends:
. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
. The Legend of the Bluebonnet
. The Legend of the Poinsettia
. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
. Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka
For each book, it includes:
. character traits.
. comprehension activities
. story mapping
. writing prompts.
It also includes extension activities for each legend that may be incorporated into Social Studies and used for a bulletin board.
Students will be asked to think about the qualities of a legend and write their own.
This packet includes digital resources. You can use as part of an author study or incorporate in to a study into class study of .
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