Folktale Friends is an after school club curriculum developed in response to the research question, how can global folktale studies be utilized to build cultural competence in the elementary setting? The curriculum and club Folktale Friends for students in grades two through four will help build safe, inclusive spaces where students can identify their own world-view, connect with others, and respectfully navigate cultural differences. Folktale Friends is designed using Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design framework (2005). Backwards design of Folktale Friends includes nine weeks of lessons, student materials, and lesson slides, recommended paired texts, and clear rubric for assessment. This project was born out of a deep concern for our children in a post 2020 world, having experienced a global health crisis, school and community lockdowns, and significant social isolation. In connecting with storytellers and cultural texts, practicing cross-cultural skills, and building their own cultural competence, educators and learners who are able to participate in Folktale Friends will have a positive impact in our society.
Community Building, Curriculum, Multicultural Education, Social Justice
Marta, Abby, "Folktale Friends: An After School Club Curriculum For Building Community And Cultural Competency" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 999.
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