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- K12 EDUCATION
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Discuss what it means to be a hero/heroine, relate it to this story in particular. What makes Li Chi heroic? Have students think about what she has done and come up with a list of things she does and how that makes her a heroine.
Come up with a class heroine or hero using the prompts below:
Where are they from?
How big is their family?
What do they look like?
What beast is causing problems in their village?
What is the beast’s name?
Where does the beast live?
What does the beast look like?
Has anyone tried to kill this beast/monster before?
What do they bring with them to fight off monsters or beasts?
How do they fight off the beasts?
How will the hero or heroine be rewarded if they kill the beast? Do they need to kill the beast?
After you’ve finished the collaborative activity, have students create their own heroes/heroines.
If there is time, have students take their heroes/heroines and free write for several minutes. Allow them to do whatever they want with their heroes/heroines. They can go anywhere, do anything, see anything they want to etc. (The idea behind this activity is to get them to start the act of storytelling without any restraint.) Here are some prompts if they need them:
If there is time, have students come up with a second hero, or have them illustrate their first hero.
“Li Chi Slays The Serpent” from Favorite Folktales From Around the World, Edited by Jane Yolen
Available online: http://lair2000.net/Chinese_Poetry/stories/Li_Chi_Slays_The_Serpent.html