Comparing Traditional Tales, Plus More Policy and Debate!

We have two new sets of ELA lessons this week: one a multitext literature set of traditional tales from around the world, and the other a set to help your students practice argumentative writing about government investment in infrastructure.

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Comparing Traditional Tales: How do world cultures express their values through traditional tales? In this set of paired literature texts, students read a variety of traditional tales, including fairy tales, folktales, myths, and fables, from cultures around the world, and compare how the tales express both common and unique themes and values. View lessons >> 

Railway Infrastructure: What factors should the U.S. government take into account when making decisions about investing in rail infrastructure? In this Policy and Debate set, students read different views on how the government should invest in new rail infrastructure, including high-speed rail and public transportation, and write arguments about the best way for the government to make those investments. View lessons >> 

We also have new free close reading lessons for ELA:

Storytelling (Grade 3-5): What's the difference between a fairy tale, a folktale, a myth, and a legend? Find out in this background-builders about different kinds of stories.

The Myth of Paul Revere's Ride (Grade 6-8): How much is history, and how much is myth? Find out in this article about how the real Paul Revere compares to the hero of Longfellow's poem.

900 Cinderellas (Grade 6-8): Did you know that variations on the Cinderella story are told around the world? Learn about just a few global versions in this article.

A Tale of Two Brothers (Grade 6-8): Read about how the Brothers Grimm went from poverty to becoming some of the most famous storytellers in the world.

Reinventing a Monster (Grade 9-10): Learn the history of the vampire story, from the earliest traditional tales through modern novels.

Claire Podulka

Claire Podulka

Claire has spent her career managing content creation of every possible sort, from print textbooks to marketing collateral to a travel blog. Having worked with major educational publishers and mobile companies, she brings project management and editorial expertise to her role at ThinkCERCA.

Claire has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute.