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  • 1. What is Folklore? Stories that were told out loud before being written down.
  • 2. What type of stories do you think people told?
    • Fable
    • Parable
    • Mythology
    • pourquoi
    • Legend
    • Fairytale
  • 3. Fable
    • fable is a brief story, in prose or verse, that features animals , plants , inanimate objects , or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson.
    • http://www.aesopfables.com/aesop1.html
  • 4. Parable
    • A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson that does not uses animals or forces of nature (like a fable).
    • What famous people used parables to teach with?
    Parable of the Sower of Weeds
  • 5. Mythology
    • Stories that explain the physical world from a religious point of view using gods and goddesses.
    Hercules and Pegasus
  • 6. Pourquoi
    • Pourquoi [por-kwa] means "why" in French. Pourquoi tales are old legends told to explain why certain events happened . These tales often start in the past, e.g. A long, long time ago . . . and end when the explanation is complete. Pourquoi tales are most often concerned with animals and the natural world.
  • 7. Legend
    • An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical.
    • A body or collection of such stories.
    • A romanticized or popularized myth of modern times.
    King Arthur or Robin Hood
  • 8. Fairytale
    • A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children.
    • A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation.
    • Includes some sort of magic
    Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • 9. Why did people tell stories?
    • Entertainment (something to do)-What would you do if you did not have books, computers, tv, ipods, etc...?
    • Explain the world around them? Ex. Why does the earth shake?
    • To talk about God.
    • To tell their own life experiences.
    • To enjoy the art of language.
  • 10. What stories do you tell today?
    • Family stories
    • Jokes
    • Riddles
    • Poems
    • Funny stories
    • Scary Stories
    • Shared Stories
    • Bedtimes
    • Romantic Stories