Stories, Folklore, and
Fairy Tales Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page has links to two types of resources related to the study of Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
Whootie: Stories to Grow By
- A collection of over 30 children's stories from around the world organized
by type (Adventure, Animal Tales, Fairy Tales, Farmers & Villagers, Legends,
Kings & Queens, Magical Creatures, and Riddles), or retrievable by target
age, theme (e.g., honesty, kindness), continent, or country of origin.
Myths and Legends
- About 30 tales about animals.
Eric Story Telling Lesson Plans
- This set of lessons on Story Telling focuses on grades K-4.
Campfire Stories handbook
- Included in this collection are Ghost Stories, Indian Legends and Tales
of the Outdoors.
- Over twenty Christmas stories.
- This site provides a selective listing of stories. He has included folk
tales, First Nations legends and Bible stories.
Tale Sites Organized by Author
Tale Sites Organized by Region
Nation Stories and Legends
and Mythology Electronic Texts
- A vast collection of myths and legends from all parts of the world and
relating numerous themes.
- The Saskatchewan Department of Education hosts this sample primary level
unit on folktales within its context as traditional literature. Contents include
11 lesson plans with instruction and assessment suggestions.
Fairy Tales at All Family Resources
- This site from All Family Resources has a collection of over 200 of Grimm's
Fairy Tales for you to read.
- These stories all relate to the Harp and its music. Several of the stories
are traditional fairy tales. Several stories are written in German.
Plan on Myths, Folktales and Legends
- Some ideas, as well as links to Internet resources, for teaching junior
and senior high school students about these forms of literature.
Fairytales Online by Rosemary Lake
- The fairy tales at this site have a princess as the main character. You
can read about her in several different roles, everything from rescuing a
prince to fighting a dragon.
Creations Christmas - Christmas Stories
- This site has 38 Christmas stories of love, faith and fairy tales. Some
are fact while others are fiction.
History by Pulling Strings
- In this Language Arts lesson plan, grade 6-12 students learn how puppets
can be used to tell stories that preserve history and culture.
Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales, 1852
- These stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne were written around 1850.
Activities and Lesson Ideas
- A collection of twenty activities to support speaking, listening, reading
and writing skills.
Tales As Belles Lettres
- A collection of more than 25 traditional stories that have been adapted
for telling by a Bluegrass Storyteller.
of Wonder: Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World
- Over 75 fairy/folk tales, organized by country or region of origin.
- In this teacher-focused site, "folklore" is broken up into the categories
of "fables", "legends", "myths", "tales" and "religious". In each category,
the author has compiled links to sites that provide classroom activities,
lesson plans, and cross curricular extensions in these areas. Lots of practical,
valuable help for teachers.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search using such
words as "fairy tale", "folklore", "legend", or "storytelling" will produce
numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access
will already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives
and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially
useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining
objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within
the TrackStar collection.
the Past: Digging into Native American Legends
- Students acts as anthropologists in obtaining information about the culture
of Native Americans through the study of native folktales and history resources
on the web. They then are challenged to decide how these stories contributed
to ethnic culture and alleviated the hardships native people faced.
Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
- The collection of mostly Zen and Taoist tales are some of the oldest stories
in human history and have withstood the test of time. Do people like them
because they offer profound insight into human nature or because they are
fun to read?
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