Folktales from Around the World

Compare and contrast folktales with a lesson that spotlights three commonalities among those from different cultures. A whole-class discussion about folktales leads the way to a group activity that challenges scholars to read multiple versions of the same folktale then complete a graphic organizer that highlights the stories' similarities and differences. A compare and contrast essay concludes the lesson.   

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Group individuals by ability level, review a variety of graphic organizers and choose which page works best to meet the needs of each group 
  • Make an anchor chart that lists the three commonalities among folktales for learners to reference while they work 
  • If applicable, show the television or movie version of a folktale you read in class, add to the compare and contrast activity 
Classroom Considerations
  • Some preparation is required including the gathering of folktales, printing copies, and more 
  • If a presentation is not acquired to replace the one listed, class members should know what a folktale is and the role it plays in different cultures 
  • Extension and differentiation ideas are listed 
  • You may choose from a variety of graphic organizers 
  • Some links no longer work 
Common Core