Japanese Folktales Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Japanese Folktales. Students will answer questions about a text and retell some well-known tales.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Japanese folktales, students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Retell a Japanese folktale.
  • Describe commonly-used characters from Japanese folktales.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.


  • berated
  • Buddhist
  • consented
  • folktales
  • kani
  • oni
  • Shinto


  • Copies of the worksheet, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson, one for each student
  • Pens
  • Miscellaneous props as determined by each group
  • Copies of Japanese folktales, such as 'The Two Frogs,' 'The Mirror of Matsuyama,' 'Visu the Woodsman and the Old Priest,' 'A Woman and the Bell of Miidera,' 'The Stonecutter,' and 'Danzayemon, Chief of the Etas'

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