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Stories told from one generation to
Purpose was to entertain and teach the
values of the culture
Served to inspire the ordinary person
Heroes, romance, adventure, magic
*Folk Tales often begin with “Once
upon a time”, “Long, long ago”, etc.
• Groups of 3
and 3 events
- 3 characters, 3 tasks,
• Folk Tales have good and
• Everyday people and/or animals
• Phrases are repeated –
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…”
“Little pig, little pig, let me come in….”
• Folk Tales have happy endings.
• The good characters in Folk Tales
have a problem to solve.