5th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of American legends.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about legends they have heard.
• Explore and apply the concept of how real people become American legends and how the stories about them develop.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of American legends.
• Orally use words that describe different legendary figures and their characteristics.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how a real person becomes a legend.
• Use key concept words [story, past, ox, exaggeration, legendary, heroic, legend].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about American legends:
• What a legend is.
• How legends develop.
• What real people have become American legends, and why.
• How legends are different from real people.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is a legend? (A story handed down from the past). Are all legends completely true? (Legends are not always true but they are based on something that happened in the past).
• Ask students: How do stories become legends?(They are passed down from one generation to the next).
• Say: There are many people who have become legendary in America. Can you think of any American legends from the past? (Paul Bunyon, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them examples of different American legends. Always have the students describe who the legend is and why they became legendary.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about characteristics of an American legend. After the second game, have them discuss actions that real people can perform, and how they are different from actions that have become exaggerated parts of American legends. After the third game, have students discuss who their favorite American legendary figure is and why.
Close• Ask students: What is your favorite American legend? Explain how it is based on a true event and how it became a legend.
• Summarize for students that American legends are great stories that teach people about hard work and bravery. Encourage them to think about which of these legendary figures they are most like.