Mentor Text Unit The Legend of Old Befana with Google Slides Distance Learning



This mentor text unit uses the picture book The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola for students to explore the Italian folktale. This cross curricular unit includes five days of reading, writing, and social studies activities based on this culturally diverse picture book. It is available in both print and digital Google Slides, so it is perfect for classroom and distance learning.



Key Features:


✏️ Teacher read-aloud questions

✏️ Student sheets focused on comprehension and writing response

✏️ Response activities to promote awareness and cultural understanding

✏️ Links for read a louds and research

✏️ Flexible for in-person or remote learning

✏️ Incorporates diverse books



What is Included?


Day 1:

  • About the Author
  • Vocabulary
  • Map of Italy
  • Christmas in Italy Passage and Questions


Day 2:

  • Read Aloud Link: The Legend of Old Befana
  • Sticky Note Questions
  • Discussion Questions


Day 3:

  • Introduction to Folktales
  • La Befana (Different version)
  • Compare and Contrast Folktale Versions


Day 4:

  • Reread The Legend of Old Befana.
  • Watch La Befana Epcot Video
  • Compare and Contrast Befana and Saint Nicholas
  • Coloring Topper


Day 5:

  • Watch Christmas in Italy Video
  • Video Response Questions
  • Befana Ornament Craft


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