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Ethnic Legends

By Nupy Flores, Robin Flores
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"How do legends impact American culture in relationships to various ethnic groups in today's society?"
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Overview

Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: History/Social Science
Secondary: English/Language Arts, Reading, Geography

Topic:
Ethnic Legends

Themes:
Cultural Customs, Folk Tales, Legends, Myths

Duration:
2 or 3 weeks
Summary
Have you ever heard of LA LLORONA (The Crying Lady)? What about how the First Fire was made? Or, what is at the Rainbow's End? All of the answers to these questions can be found in the study of ethnic legends and cultures.

Rationale
From our experience, students tend to stereotype people based on their culture, traditions, and beliefs. Students will become more aware of the importance of living in a diverse world. They will learn that all cultures and people have contributed to American society, which has aided in the impact of US history.