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NATIVE AMERICAN TALES retold by Saviour Pirotta continued


Thursday's story is called:


The First Love Music


Vocabulary check:

There are pictures below to show you what these nouns (which feature in the story) look like: 

an elk, the plains, birch tree, red-headed woodpecker, a cedar tree, the sweat-lodge, a tipi


Wagnuka is the name of the woodpecker.


Now, listen to the story.


If you want to hear what the flute would have sounded like, watch this video:


Lakota Sioux Flute - Elk's Courting - Bing video

What impressions does it give you?


TASK: To infer

What impression do you get of the woodpecker as a character in the story?

What part does it play?

Draw a picture of it and label it with information you picked up from the story.



Why do you think the author uses a red-headed woodpecker as a character in the story? 

The First Love Music

NATIVE AMERICAN TALES retold by Saviour Pirotta continued


Wednesday's story is called:


Bluebird and Coyote 


Vocabulary check:

Today we will be exploring the expanded noun phrases the author has used to add detail about the nouns.

Listen out for and think of the effect these have when you hear them:

a dull grey

a bright blue lake

your lovely blue colour

a dazzling blue

a thankful song

his new colour

the magic lake

a bright blue

grey dust


What if there were no adjectives?

What difference would that make to your experience?


There are some noun phrases without any adjectives - can you identify them when you listen?


Now, listen to the story.


TASK: To explain

Explain the impact the expanded noun phrases (the author has used) have on you as the reader. What is their main purpose?


How can you increase the impact of the expanded noun phrases?

Give me some examples. 

Bluebird and Coyote

NATIVE AMERICAN TALES retold by Saviour Pirotta continued


Tuesday's story is called:


Winter and Spring 


Vocabulary check:

You will hear these words:

                        a lodge                                   they smoke a pipe together

Below are pictures to show you what these look like.


In addition, there are the following words to explore:


thawing     saplings 



(How would you nod feebly?)


Today, find at least one synonym that the author could have used to replace each of these words.


Now, listen to the story.


Listen to the story again and pause it in places if you need to, to complete the activities.


TASK: To explain

Show in words or pictures how the mood of Old Man Winter changes throughout the story.


Can you identify specific words and phrases the author used to show how the mood of Old Man Winter changed? 



Winter and Spring

A lodge and a pipe - just picture it all in the frozen winter

NATIVE AMERICAN TALES retold by Saviour Pirotta continued


The next story is called:


Why Wolves Chase Deer 


It is from the Tsimshian (say Sim-she-un) peoples from the north-west Pacific coast of Canada. 

They mainly ate salmon from the sea and had many ceremonies to thank the ocean for providing fish.

Look at the pictures below before you listen to the story.


Vocabulary check:

You will hear the words below.

Explore them and try and guess what they mean from the look of them.

Then, listen out for them. 


Does your meaning fit the context? 

If not, find out the meaning.


trooped (down)     (quite) frankly       glared       


fangs          flaw       (perfect) prey 


TASK: To explain

What is the purpose of this text?

Who enjoyed the wolves stories and why?



Why do we need to know about the moon?

Why is she included in the story? 




Why Wolves Chase Deer