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What is folklore?

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Allyssa Coy

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of What is folklore?

What is folklore?
Folklore is:
traditional beliefs, customs, and stories
of a community passed down through
generations by word of mouth
Folklore
Myths
Fables
Fairy Tales
Tall Tales
Tall Tale:
a story with unbelievable elements, retold as if it were true and factual
Folktales
Legends
Folktale:
a story originating in
popular culture, typically passed on
by word of mouth
1) Evaluate the unbelievable elements.

2) Why is the use of hyperbole extremely
important for tall tales?
1) Analyze the moral of the story.

2) Could this story have actually
happened?
Fable
: a short story,
typically with animals as
characters that conveys a moral
1) Suggest the moral of the story.

2) Does having animals as the
characters make the moral stronger?
Fairy Tale:
a children's story about
magical and imaginary beings and
lands
Legend
: a traditional
story that is sometimes
regarded as historical
but unauthenticated
1) Did George Washington actually cut down the
cherry trees on his father's land?

2) Would this story have taught children
at that time to not lie?
Myth: a traditional
story that usually
explains how the world
was created or why the
world is the way it is
1) What magical aspects are in the story?

2) Does it still teach a
moral?
1) What symbolism is used in the creation story?

2) Is personification used?
Tall Tale from
Western America
Egyptian Mythology
Gods and Goddesses
Folktale from
Vietnam
Folktale
From Peru
Norse Mythology

It contains the following elements:
Characters:
people, animals, or other creatures
Setting:
When and where the story takes place
Plot:
tells what happens from beginning to end
Solution:
The way the problem gets worked out
Foreshadowing:
the use of clues to give you an idea of what will happen later in the story
Theme/Moral:
the lesson the story teaches you
Event:
something that happens during the plot of the story
Trickster Tales:

One character, usually the protagonist, is clever and tricky, causing problems for other characters
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