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Copy of Myths, Legends, Fables, and Tall-Tales 11-12
Transcript of Copy of Myths, Legends, Fables, and Tall-Tales 11-12
An old story that explains the weird and powerful things in nature.
A story passed down through many generations that is believed to be based on real people and events.
So has some truth to it.
Very old stories told orally, with
no known author.
A short story that teaches a lesson, or moral, about human nature.
often explains how something
connected with humans or nature
ex: earthquakes, how fire was invented
Reveals what happens when you behave good and badly.
Features gods or other beings who have supernatural powers.
Tells about a hero who has unusual powers/abilities ex: super strong or really clever.
Focuses on the hero's struggle to defeat a powerful force.
Highlights a positive
quality or way
ex: be brave.
Usually includes animal
characters that stand
for specific human personalities,
such as kindness or being rude.
Has a moral (lesson) ex: don't lie. This may be said directly at the end of the fable.
Has people and/or animals.
Has universal themes (themes that all cultures have to deal with).
Helps makes sense of the world. ex: how the world was created.
Traditional stories may be short or long, clever or funny. They might end
with the characters learning a lesson.
You will learn and read all types of stories, including:
myths, legends, tall tales, and fables.