Folk Literature Janet Lanham Fairdale Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org
Folk Tales The Oral Tradition • Not originally written down – no known author. • Handed down from generation to generation.Told over and over around the fire, at gatherings, or special occasions. • Predictable action and repeated words, phrases, or sequences make them easy to remember and retell. • So well-known to people who have a common culture that they feel the stories belong to them.
Why Are They Important? • Helped to explain things that were not easily understood in those times. • Helped to teach the rules of society. • Helped strengthen cultural ties. • Often related to spiritual beliefs.
Animal Tales Creation Stories Fables Fairy Tales Legends Myths Pourquoi Tales Tall Tales Trickster Tales Some Types of folk Literature
Folk literature Because stories change and grow over time with retelling, here is a some overlap in many of the types of tales. This means it can sometimes be tricky to tell the difference between a myth or a legend or a tall tale.
Where do we find them • Look in the 300 section of the library, because folk literature is part of a people’s culture. • The particular section of the 300’s for most folk literature is 398.2. • Stories especially related to religious beliefs, such as Greek and Roman myths, are located in the 200’s, at 292.
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