Cat and Rat
Description:In this story, the rat loses his tail to the cat in a game of mumblety-peg. Storytellers Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby tell this Appalachian tale through the various characters the rat meets as he tries to get his tail back. It is taken from Program 6 of the KET series Telling Tales.
- Show as an example of cumulative tales and songs, having students identify others they know or create one of their own.
- Analyze elements of performance or use to demonstrate duo acting, internal rhythm, and the use of repetition.
- Pair with “The Buzzard and the Monkey” and “Little Deer and Mother Earth” to compare/contrast animal stories from various cultures and traditions.
Lesson plans using this resource:
- Reading Dramatic Parts (1-3)
After viewing the story of The Cat and the Rat, students will retell the story as a dramatic reading. Students will create characters through vocal expression.
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