Fables Fairy Tale Folktales Legends Myth
Fable Characteristics
  • Talking Animals

  • Teaches a Lesson

  • Usually Short

  • Two – Three Characters

Fairy Tale Characteristics
  • Make Believe
  • Happens Long Ago
  • Has Magic
  • Happily Ever After
  • Evil Person


A folktale is a story that has been told for a long time by a group of people.


Combines a real event or real person’s unusual life story with the exaggeration and heroic actions.


Story that gives reason for events. Some myths explain natural events such as rainbows or seasons and others explain how the world began. Myths about people and gods explain why people do things. They all provide lessons about good and bad behavior.


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