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folk tale

a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people.
any belief or story passed on traditionally, especially one considered to be false or based on superstition.
Also, folktale.
Also called folk story.
Origin of folk tale
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It may be defined as a realistic folk tale, not bookish in its flavor, but with the simple shrewdness of the plain people.
  • Tell them they may color their pictures while you read aloud a folk tale about dragons.
  • Students should be encouraged to apply the moral of the folk tale to real-life situations.
  • Then ask each group to predict how they think the folk tale will end.
  • Now give students the second half of the folk tale and have them read it.
British Dictionary definitions for folk tale

folk tale

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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