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Folktales: Fables

This is a collection of literature sites with online fables. There are fables by Aesop and other authors, lesson plans, and classroom activities that compare and contrast the elements of fables. Included are eThemes Resources on tall tales, fairy tales, and trickster tales.


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This site includes many of Aesop's Fables in an interactive format. Click on "Start" in the upper right hand corner of the page to begin, then click on the title of a fable.
Read both traditional and modern versions of various fables with colorful illustrations. NOTE: Requires the Flash 4 plug-in.
Students can read these four fables from Aesop.
This site teaches the differences between myths, fables, and legends. Students can read fables online.
This site has interesting fables about frogs. The site also contains a definition of fables.
Here are full and concise versions of fables that students can read online.
Here are 82 of Aesop's fables that can be read online. NOTE: Some fables contain a character named Ass.
What is a trickster tale, and how is it different from other types of fables? This unit contains several classroom activities in which students can read fables, study their elements, and compare them to one another.
Here is a brief definition of a fable and a look at the most famous fable writers. NOTE: The site has pop-up ads.
This lesson plan compares European fables with Asian Jataka tales, two forms of short narratives that teach moral lessons.
This is a collection of literature sites with online tall tales from America. Includes tall tales and information about Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, John Henry, and Slue-Foot Sue. Learn what tall tales are and their common characteristics. There is also an eThemes Resource on fables, another form of folktales.
These sites offer many online fairy tales, plus ideas for studying and writing fairy tales. Read classic tales and new versions.
These sites are about trickster tales in world folk literature, including Native American tales, tales from Africa, and tales from the American South. Includes a lesson plan, video, and more. Also includes a link to the eThemes folktale resources on fables, tall tales, and fairy tales.

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