Folklore, Myths, And Legends Reading Passages

Folklore is the written and oral stories from a culture. These narratives often have extraordinary people or animals who overcome some obstacle. Myths are stories that a culture uses to explain the origin of the world, unexpected events, and the mysteries of the natural world. Legends are stories that are presented as fact but have no factual support.

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Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Elves Take a Vacation

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

After Christmas, Santa’s elves deserve some time off...

1,267 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Story Elements and Summary

Johnny and the Apple Seeds

Johnny loved growing apples. He loved it so much he decided to plant apple trees everywhere. But, first he had to get the seeds...

389 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Story Elements and Summary

Echo the Christmas Parrot

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Lucy sends her Christmas letter to the North Pole an...

790 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, and Summary

Paul Bunyan, the Biggest Baby in the Northeast

Paul Bunyan is a tall tale that originated through oral stories of North American loggers. His enormous size and strength allow...

489 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits and Summary

Fortuna’s Horn

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

The small forest creatures are busy getting ready fo...

1,083 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Summary

A Visit From St. Nicholas

by Clement C. Moore

While this beloved Christmas poem was published anon...

553 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language

The Courtship of Miles Standish

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...

312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language

Flossie’s First Flight

by RV staff writer J.C.

Flossie, a young tooth fairy-in-training, has to pas...

467 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, and Summary

Tachel and Shen, Brother Stars

Tachel and Shen were stars in the heavens. They were brothers who did everything together. Then one day Tachel lost his favorit...

517 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, 0 - 490L, Story Elements and Summary