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Folktale Unit: The Emperor and the Kite
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5
By: Debbie Haren, Preschool Teacher

Students will read and understand the story of The Emperor and the Kite.


  • To read and understand the story of The Emperor and the Kite.
  • To understand new vocabulary introduced in the book.
  • For the children to learn how to summarize a story they have just read.


    The Emperor and the Kite


    1. By looking at the cover of the book, and the title of the story, what do you think this story is about?
    2. Where do you think this story might have come from?
    3. Lets read the story and find out more!
    4. Read The Emperor and the Kite.
    5. How many children total did the Emperor have? How many boys and how many girls?
    1. What do you think plotting means?
    2. Who gave the little princess the idea of how to save her father?
    3. What does embraced mean?
    4. What was the one thing the Princess always wanted?
    5. What does steely mean?
    1. How does the little princess keep the emperor alive?
    2. After her father died, how did Djoew Seow rule? "As gentle as the wild and in her loyalty, as unyielding." Read this passage to them after they answer.
    3. Is the ending a good one? Why or why not? Are you left hanging do you think? Write your answers to this last question in your journals.
    4. On a fresh piece of paper in your journal, I want you to write a summary of this story.

    Related Pages:

    Folktale Unit ( 1-2, 3-5 )
    7 lessons for learning about folktales: What is a Fairy Tale or Folk Tale?, The Princess and the Golden Shoes, The Emperor and the Kite, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Johnny Appleseed.

    Folktale Unit Ideas ( K, 1-2 )
    Ideas to go with reading folktales.


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