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How Coyote Stole Fire Enrichment Activities

Create a Song

a. At the beginning of the folktale, Coyote hears the Humans "singing a sad song about their lost loved ones." What do you think this song sounded like? What stories and feelings do you think the Humans sang about? What kind of tempo or beat do you think the song had? Work with a partner to create the lyrics to a "sad song" that the Humans might have sung at this point in the folktale. Maybe you will even want to perform this song for your classmates!

b. By the end of the folktale, Coyote has helped the Humans to make fire. They finally have a way to survive the bitter winter. If the Humans were to sing a song at the end of the folktale, what do you think this song would sound like? What stories and feelings would this song convey? How would the tempo or beat be different from their sad song? Work with a partner to create the lyrics to a song that the Humans would sing at the end of the folktale. Think about performing this song for your friends as well!

Before and After

How Coyote Stole Fire explains how Coyote, Chipmunk, and Robin came to have special markings on their bodies. Create before and after images of Coyote, Chipmunk, and Robin. Show how these three animals looked before they stole the fire, and then show how they looked after. How have they changed?

Create a Sequel to the Folktale

How Coyote Stole Fire ends happily. The Fire Beings give up on trying to get fire back and return to their mountaintop. Coyote comes up with a clever plan to get fire out of Wood. And, the Humans are able to have fire in all four seasons.

What do you think would happen if a sequel, How Coyote Stole Fire Part 2, were created? Would the Fire Beings create a plan to reclaim fire? Would the Humans encounter a new threat to their survival? Would Coyote, Chipmunk, and Robin work together to perform another heroic act for a different group in need? Work with a partner or with a group to create a sequel to this folktale. Be sure to consider characters, setting, plot, theme, and illustrations.

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