folktale is a story that is passed down
through generations by word of mouth. Storytellers
recount folktales, adding their own personal touches
to entertain listeners and to teach a moral, or
lesson. Myths, tall tales, legends, fables, and
fairy tales are all folktales. Below are descriptions
of some common elements they share.
The setting is where the story takes place. It
can be a place that exists or an imaginary place.
and conflict: Characters in folktales can
be people or talking animals who sometime have
exaggerated or magical abilities. The conflicts
are usually everyday problems that regular people
The style of a folktale is informal and conversational.
The theme of a folktale, or the folktale's moral,
is a lesson about human nature from which listeners
or readers can learn.
you will write your own folktale.