How Dog Outwitted Leopard An African Folktale retold by: Verna Aardema
Prior Knowledge • How many students have heard of Folktales? • What do you remember about friendship from our other stories? • Are there any questions on the Concept/ Question board that this story might answer?
Genre Folktale: Folktales are stories that were originally passed down by word of mouth before they were written down. This story takes place in Uganda, which is now an independent country in Eastern Africa.
Selection Summary “This is an African Folktale about a cunning, deceptive dog and an upstanding leopard who thinks and acts like a human. The succinct plot is filled with rapid exchanges as Leopard catches in to Dog’s chicanery and Dog moves on toward his destiny.” Open Court
Vocabulary Commotion- Much noise and moving about
Dusk- The time of day when it begins to get dark
Embarassed- Ashamed; Uncomfortable
Retraced- Went back over
Loped- To take long steps while running
Palings- A long pointed pole; part of a fence
Deceiving- Betrayal; Trickery
Wart hogs- An African wild pig
Treachery- To trick; to cheat
Threshing- To throw oneself about wildly