Folk Tales Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

What are folk tales and why are they important? In this lesson plan, students learn about different types of fables and mimic the fable format to create a fable of their own.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Explain what a folk tale is
  • Give examples of folk tales
  • Write and present a folk tale


55-65 minutes (with presentations possibly going into the next day)

Curriculum Standards


Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


  • Access to the video for the related lesson Folk Tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types & Examples
  • Access to the quiz
  • Printed copies of the lesson (one for each student)
  • A printed copy of some version of ''Little Red Riding Hood''
  • Materials for groups to use in writing a folk tale (i.e., paper, pencils, pens, computer, etc.)


  • Begin by asking students what they know about folk tales.
    • What are they?
    • What are some examples?
  • Read aloud a version of ''Little Red Riding Hood.''
    • Discuss what the story is about.
    • Discuss what deeper meaning the story might be trying to portray.
    • Discuss what each of the characters in the story might represent.
  • Show the video for the related lesson Folk Tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types & Examples. Pause occasionally to discuss:
    • What are folk tales?
    • Where does the term folk tale come from?
    • What is an oral tradition? How do folk tales fit into that?
    • What are common forms of folk tales? Discuss each.
      • Fairy tales
      • Allegories
      • Fables
      • Trickster tales
      • Why stories
    • What are some common examples of folk tales? What lessons, morals, or messages do they portray?
  • Go back to the ''Little Red Riding Hood'' story and discuss how this is a folk tale.
  • Answer any questions students might have.
  • Check for understanding by having students complete the quiz.


To reinforce learning, guide students through the following activity.

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