This month we will be will be studying Fairy Tales, Folktales and Fables, and what sets them apart from each other. We will be learning the specific story elements of a fairy tale as well as, comparing and contrasting fairy tales from different cultures.
- A fairy tale is a children's story about magical or imaginary people or events. There is a lesson to be learned.
- A folktale is a story with no known author. Folktales are passed down from one generation to another by word of mouth.
- A fable is a short story, with animals, that teaches a moral or a lesson about how to succeed in life.
The students will:
- Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
- Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
- Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
- Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
- Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
How can you help?
You can support this unit of study at home by reading aloud these types of stories and discussing them with your child. Focus on the elements of a fairy tale: characters (royal, evil, animal, magical), setting, problem/conflict, solution as well as, the lesson or moral. When discussing elements, be sure to refer to specific evidence in the text. Read the classics as well as fractured fairy tales and compare and contrast their similarities and differences. Most of all, enjoy reading these wonderful stories!