Whale of a Tale

Check for Understanding and Assessment

Summative Assessment for Students:

As a wrap-up activity to help your students tie together the enduring understandings they have gained from this Learning Center, ask them to undertake one or more of the following:

Identify any stories in your own family heritage with direct connections to your biome, and describe:

  • What kind of lessons they tell and how the lessons are used in your immediate culture;
  • What additional stories have been passed down orally to you that derive from your natural environment;
  • What other kinds of traditional knowledge (beyond stories) have been passed down to you from your family.

Explain in writing or small-group discussions (with answers recorded and reported to the whole class):

  • How whales are revered in each of the cultures depicted in this Learning Center;
  • What roles whales play in each of the stories;
  • What relationship is implied or made explicit between humans and whales in the stories.

Choose one of the stories and draw a storyboard.  Each storyboard should reflect the key elements of story structure including character, setting, plot, and message.

Write a comparison paper or draw scenes from each story that portray the similarities and differences in the stories. Explain why these similarities and differences exist.