A Trickster Tale is where one character tricks another to get something they both want. The characters are usually talking animals, and the trickster uses tricks to overcome a lack of strength or speed.
When I wrote the sample tale on pages 6-9, I used animals that I was familiar with whose behaviors I could observe in my backyard. This writing assignment could come at the end of a study of a particular habitat.
Included in this product is a set of teacher directions, a story plan, a rubric for grading, a checklist for self or peer editing, and an original sample story.
Suggested Directions for Teachers
Go over the rubric and story plan so students know how their story will be graded.
Have the students fill out the story plan individually or in pairs.
Next, students write a rough draft of the entire story. (I use yellow notepad paper that I three-hole punch to distinguish rough draft from final copy. I also require students to skip lines so they have space to edit and revise.)
Have students read their rough drafts to each other aloud. Reading one’s own writing aloud helps the author hear mistakes. This is the stage where students revise for content.
Use the included checklist so students can review their paper again for spelling, punctuation, word choice, etc.
In my class a final copy may be typed on the computer or neatly written by hand on notebook paper. I don’t have them skip lines at this point.
I hope you enjoy this activity with your class.