This is an in-depth learning guide that explains not only the differences between the different types of folktales, but their histories, characteristics, and examples of each. Students will learn to distinguish between them based on common elements as well as how they have adapted through the years based on changing cultures. They will identify Greek gods, write their own myth, compare Grimm fairytales to their Disney counterparts, discover the origins of many famous legends, and much more!
In my classroom I used this as both a research project and read-aloud. You can choose which activities the students research or read independently and which ones you read aloud to them. Besides the internet I used the following books however, any of these stories can be found online.
-Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
-Myths Every Child Should Know
-D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
-Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales
I have aligned this product with 4th grade standards but it is complex enough to use with higher grade levels as well.
RL.4.2-Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL.4.3-Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts words or actions.
RL.4.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.
RL.4.7-Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
RL.4.9-Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
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