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Epics, Ballads, and Legends

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Kara Saks

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Epics, Ballads, and Legends

What is a Ballad?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a ballad is a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas.
An example of a ballad would be Don McLean's "American Pie"
What is a legend?
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a legend is a traditional story or group of stories told about a particular person or place.
An example of a legend would be Robin Hood.
Examples in Children's Literature
Epics, Ballads, and Legends are all useful tools in the classroom. It is important to remember to gain background knowledge before delving in completely.
What is an Epic?
According to an article from Auburn University, epics have a few basic characteristics.
The hero is a figure of imposing stature.
The setting is vast, usually covering the world, or universe
The main deeds require superhuman nature
A style of grand simplicity is used
An example of an epic would be Beowulf.
Examples in Children's Literature
Examples in Children's Literature


It's important to gain background knowledge before engaging a classroom in any sort of epic, ballad, or legend.
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