Different Types of Stories


ELAR-Grade-4 Literary Genres Different Types of Stories
Students begin by identifying kinds of stories that they like. Then, they learn the definitions of five genres of children’s stories. Next, they read one of Aesop’s fables, followed by a folktale that is not a fable, and they distinguish between the two types. Finally, they work in small groups to research and report on characteristics of tall tales.

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Overview

In this experience, students begin by identifying kinds of stories that they like. Then, they learn the definitions of five genres of children’s stories. Next, they read one of Aesop’s fables, followed by a folktale that is not a fable, and they distinguish between the two types. Finally, they work in small groups to research and report on characteristics of tall tales.

Students will collaborate in small groups in Scene 5 to research a tall tale hero and prepare a poster about the character.

Objectives

  • Identify characteristics of folktales, fables, and tall tales.
  • Identify characteristics of legends and myths.

Duration

Two class periods.

Vocabulary Words Used in “The Lion and the Gnat”

  • disturbed: bothered
  • rage: fierce anger
  • victory: a win
  • miserable: very unpleasant or unhappy

Vocabulary Words Used in “The White Rabbit and the Marten”

  • scornfully: in a way that shows you think someone or something is very wrong or bad
  • clumsy: awkward


There are many different kinds of stories. Some are told aloud, and some are written down. Some are about real life. Others are about monsters or creatures from outer space or elves or superheroes or gods and goddesses. Some are about animals who talk! In this experience, you’ll learn to identify some of the main types of stories.

Objectives

  • Identify characteristics of folktales, fables, and tall tales.
  • Identify characteristics of legends and myths.


teens telling stories around a campfire

Telling stories around a campfire


What kinds of stories do you like best? List your favorite types of stories. To write more than one, separate them with a comma, like this: newspaper, magazine.

Post your answer

Briefly discuss the word cloud. Ask students to say why they like specific kinds of stories. Give students a chance to mention additional types of stories if they know any. Introduce genre words such as folktale or fable as opportunities arise.

Use this opportunity to have ELL students express their opinions. They can discuss a favorite story, even if they read it in their native language.


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