Hispanic and African American Folktales

Lesson 3


Explain what lesson the author is trying to teach in “The Bird of One Thousand Colors."

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Tales Our Abuelitas Told, A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flora Ada  — "The Bird of One Thousand Colors"

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What lesson is the author trying to teach in the story “The Bird of One Thousand Colors”?

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strutted     (v.)

walked in a confident way

mused     (v.)

thought carefully about something

neglected     (adj.)

not given enough attention or care

heed     (v.)

to pay attention to and obey a direction

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.2 — Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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