Traditional Literature: Fairytales, Fables, Tall Tales, Legends, and Myths

Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
4th - 8th
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What exactly is the difference between a myth and a legend? Find out with these worksheets and handouts. This resource clearly defines the five most common folktale subgenres: fables, fairy tales, tall tales, legends, and myths and gives students opportunities to apply what they have learned.

This download includes the following 6 handouts and worksheets:

-Folktale Overview (handout)
-Folktale Subgenre Chart (handout)
-Folktale Subgenre Chart (worksheet)
-Folktale Multiple Choice Quiz
-Folktales I Know (worksheet)
-Folktale Reflection (worksheet)

Please note that definitions for some sub-genres (most notably legends and myths) vary slightly. I consulted a variety of reliable sources for the handouts, but my information may not match up perfectly with the information in your school/district curriculum.


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Rachel Lynette
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