Traditional Literature Activities Unit (Folklore) - Passages, Games, Writing

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This traditional literature unit / folklore unit covers fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales. Students look at the patterns and characteristics of these different types of traditional literature and distinguish between them. Students practice this in a variety of different ways, including through note taking, reading passages, writing, and games.

This resource includes:

-a filled in chart that explains the different types of traditional literature and gives common examples of each (fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales)

-a blank traditional literature chart for students to help students take notes and compare the different types of traditional literature / folklore

-a reading passage and comprehension questions for each of the 5 types of traditional literature

-a traditional literature matching game where students must turn 3 cards and match up the type of traditional literature with the definition and a story example

-a traditional literature sort where students match up stories with the corresponding traditional literature type

-writing activities where students are asked to rewrite a paragraph so that it fits with a certain type of traditional literature (examples for each type are also provided)

-answer keys and grading rubrics

The traditional literature passages and writing integration activities can be used in a variety of ways - whole class, small group, partners, or for independent practice for 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade students. Some of these activities could also be used as homework after teaching this skill in class.

Some of the stories / reading passages included in this resource are:

-The Shoemaker and the Elves

-The Dog and His Reflection (Aesop Fable)

-How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun (Cherokee myth)

-The Sword in the Stone (King Arthur)

-Paul Bunyan and Babe

-and more

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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