A Moroccan Fairy Tale vs. European Folk/Fairy Tale

by Denise Sagers

2nd Grade Social Sciences

 

Objectives:
Students will describe similarities and differences between The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles, an African folk tale from Morocco, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on a class chart.

Students will act out scenes from each work which are similar.

Materials:
Copy of some Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (as retold by Denise Sagers)
Copy of The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles(as retold by Denise Sagers)
   Carpenter, Frances. African Wonder Tales. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1963. (p. 77-85) - original source

Procedures:
1. Ask several students which of the many fairy tales which they are familiar with,  is their favorite.  After taking several responses, give a quick review of the events in the European fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

2. Tell students you want them to think about the tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as you read a story from Morocco in Africa.

3. Find Morocco on a world map.  Show students where they live and where Morocco is so they can get somewhat of a feel for the geographical distance.

4. Read The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles.

5. Have the class make a chart of at least seven similarities and differences between The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

6. Have students, in cooperative groups create some way of acting out either a similarity between the two stories or a difference.  After scenes are presented to other members of the class, have class members guess which story the scene came from and if it is a similarity or difference.

7. Discuss with students that even though the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves comes from a culture much different than Morocco, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles have many parallels.

Evaluation:
teacher observation, student participation, class chart and class discussion

Extension:
Discuss similarities to other European Fairy Tales

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