Myths, Folktales, and Fairytales: A Writing With Writers Activity
Scholastic’s rich resource for learning about and writing in these genres fires up students’ imaginations. Includes workshops by the pros.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
In the “Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales” learning project (grades K–12), students get to create original work in each of these important literary genres, while studying them. The project includes interactive activities, reading activities, and workshops by published authors that offer their tips, strategies, and guidelines.
Myths Writing Workshop with Jane Yolen (grades 4–12):This award-winning author offers writing strategies and warm-up exercises to help students craft successful myths. Students’ final products can be published on Scholastic.com.
Myths from Around the World (grades 6–10): Students select a region they’re interested in, then learn about the different cultures and people from that area by reading their myths. The 15 regions include India, Rome, China, Celtic Lands, Greece, and more.
Myths Brainstorming Machine (grades 4–9): This fun, interactive “machine” taps into students’ creativity. It generates various settings, gods/goddesses, and monsters – students choose one and tinker with its mood. When they reach an effect they like, an “Idea Outline” shows students a word version of their pictures to help them start writing their myths.
Folktales Folktale Writer’s Workshop with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin (grades 1–8): Two acclaimed folktale writers offer their expert tips, challenges, guidelines to help students write their own folktales. The authors also give students guidelines on revising their writing, and provide general comments, suggestions, and ideas about writing folktales. Students can publish their completed folktales to Scholastic.com.
Exploring Everyday Folklore with Nina Jaffe (grades 1–8): In this online workshop, Nina Jaffe, author of Tales of the Seventh Day and many other folktale books, introduces students to many different kinds of folklore, and shares tips for researching, recording, and creating folklore from our own lives. Students explore many different elements of folklore – including games, recipes, proverbs, and songs or stories from friends, family, or community – and share them online.
Storytelling Workshop with Gerald Fierst (grades 1–8): Students are guided by Gerald Fierst, a professional storyteller and actor, as they learn about the art of storytelling and create their own story. The workshop includes a sample story students can listen to and read, plus writing tips, imagination exercises, and interactive lessons to help them create their own stories.
Fractured Fairy Tales & Fables with John Sciezka (grades K–3): The author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! (a “fractured” fairy tale) and Squids Will Be Squids (a fable) shares fun classroom activities that get students to explore each book/genre.
Discovering Fairy Tales (grades K–3): Students discover the history of fairy tales, the different cultures that have created them, and the magical elements that make them what they are in this basic introduction to the genre.
Scholastic's online activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in the Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales project, students become proficient with several of these skills:
- Appreciate diverse cultures and traditions through folklore and folktales
- Compare historic world cultures with contemporary ones
- Demonstrate understanding of the genres by responding to questions
- Follow the writing process to create writing in different genres
- Identify unique characteristics of the genre: myth, folktale, folklore, and fairy tales
- Produce written work to show evidence of knowledge of the different genres
- Read and listen to genre examples to increase knowledge of genre characteristics
- Read myths and folktales to increase knowledge of world cultures and traditions
- Respond to questions about the folktale genre to demonstrate understanding
- Tell an original folktale to class members using appropriate fluency skills
- Use Web tools to access information about different cultures
- Use Web tools to write and publish original myths, folktales, and fairy tales