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Teaching Folklore

Found In: language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Folklore A-Z

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

American Folklore is a collection of North and South American folktale retellings categorized by region, ethnicity, and type. The complete collection is indexed and searchable by keyword. United States Folklore gathers folktales, tall tales, myths and legends by state.

Teacher Resources includes a glossary of folklore terms, recommended books, Web resources for teachers, and K-12 lesson plans.

ESL Reading provides practice reading English with short stories. Some of the ESL short stories have a listening component.

Lessons & Activities

For K-12 lessons and activities in myths, fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, Scholastic offers Tall Tales: Everything You Need. This resource features tall tale extension activities for grades 3–5, a unit plan on playing with language for grades 6-8, writing activities for grades K-12, and more.

In American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study students in grades 3-6 work in small groups to read and analyze elements of American tall tales.

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge has three lessons using folktales and tall tales for middle school students.

  1. In Exploring American Tall Tales students in grades 5-8 examine the common elements of folktales and tall tales and discover how the tales reflect the American spirit.
  2. In Tall Tales Today students in grades 5-8 write an original tall tale set in contemporary America.
  3. In Writing Folktales students in grades 6-8 learn the characteristics of folktales, evaluate existing tales, and write their own tales.



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