Identifying Folktales Passages - Myth, Legend, Fairy Tale, Fable, Tall Tale

Brenda Kovich
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4th - 5th
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Five printable passages provide samples of myth, legend, fairy tale, fable, and tall tale. A one-page handout lists characteristics of each genre, and a worksheet asks kids to identify the type of folklore and provide text evidence.

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Folktales Included:

  • “Medusa”
  • “Old Johnny Appleseed”
  • “Cinderella”
  • “The Tortoise and the Hare”
  • “Feeding Paul Bunyan’s Men”

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10 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
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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