Tales are a foundational element of every society. In this lesson, students will

  1. Discover the difference between tales, myths, and legends
  2. Compare fairy tales to folktales
  3. Use the summarization tool to develop a storybook
  4. Create a storybook based on the tale that is read
  5. Change points of view

Before we begin to learn about tales and types of tales, students must learn to differentiate between tales, legends, and myths. Students are to use the following website to help them complete their comparison chart on Tales, Legends, Myths, and Fables.

What is the difference between a tale, myth, and legend?

Next, students will look at a traditional Aztec folktale and compare it to a well-known fairy tale using the Venn Diagram. Remember students need to be writing this information on the chart packet.

Comparing tales

Finally, students will need to examine different tales and choose one to research. This "research" will include a copy of the original tale, a brief paragraph about its "origins," a summary of the original tale, and a summary of the tale told from a different perspective. When this has been completed, students will create their new version in storybook form and share it with the rest of the class.

The following are tales that students will discover on the web:

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These pages were developed through GirlTECH, a teacher training program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. Pages copyright October 1999 by Sarah Fattore-Castro.
Thanks to the RGK Foundation and EOT-PACI for its generous support of GirlTECH.