Tales With a Point

Appropriate For: Grades K-6

Best For: Grades 1-3

Program Length: 45 minutes

Curriculum Objectives: Fables, Fairy Tales, Characters, Setting, Plot

We use theatricality, humor, circus skills, and audience participation to create unique versions of traditional stories, including:

  • The Tortoise and the Hare: In this updated version, the hare loses the race when he is distracted by a book called “The World’s Fastest Animals” and receives a lesson about libraries.

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Leslie plays a wacky and very hungry troll while the goats are played by three different sized Chinese yo-yos. A happy ending accommodates everyone, including the troll.

  • Jabberwocky: The audience helps create hand motions to interpret some of the nonsense words Lewis Carroll used in his poem. Leslie and an audience volunteer hunt and slay the Jabberwock. O frabjous day!

 

Children are invited to compare our versions to others they have heard or read. The result is a rollicking good time that addresses language arts learning targets.

Common Core Standards:

1st Grade

Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

 

2nd Grade

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

 

3rd Grade

Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.