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Traditional Literature by Mind Map: Traditional Literature
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Traditional Literature

Grade 2: A collaborative map created during library classes. As we read examples of various types of traditional literature, we add elements and examples of each type.   HINT: Open and close branches of the map by clicking the + or - symbol



Folktales are stories handed down over time. Versions of the same folktale vary because they have been told orally from generation to generation.

Fairy Tales

Elements, Magic, Snow White: Waking up from long sleep, Sleeping Beauty: Putting palace to sleep for 100 years, Sleeping Beauty: Magic Spindle, Rapunzel: Tears cure blindness, Rumplestiltskin: Amazing powers (straw into gold), Magical Characters, Fairy Godmother, Witches, Socerers, Talking animals, Elves, Transformation, Frog turns into Prince, Beast turns into Prince, Brothers into Ravens (Seven Ravens), Rats into Coachman, "Once Upon a Time" beginning & "Happily Ever After" ending

Authors, Hans Christian Anderson, Ugly Duckling, Little Match Girl, Tinderbox, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Thumbellina, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Emperor's New Clothes, New node, The Brothers Grimm, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Brave Little Tailor, Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Seven Ravens

Trickster Tales

Elements, Celebrate cleverness needed to overcome strength, African roots, Animal Characters, Pattern of three tries,, World-wide, The Americas, Native American:, Asia, Africa

Characters, Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus:, Ananse

Tall Tales

Elements, Grain of truth, Paul Bunyan was a real woodcutter, Exaggeration in Paul Bunyan, The dog was sewn together backwards, The ox was blue and was giant, PB was so huge that he was bigger than the trees, PB knocked down trees when he rolled over as a baby, PB got carried by seven storks, They had to deliver his pancakes by train, The dinner table at his logging camp was 10 miles long, The river blocked up logs with its hands, PB used blizzards to freeze the river and used the ox to pull it straight, PB cried so loud as a baby he had to be pulled by a ship, frogs covered their ear with earmuffs, and fish jumped out of the water, They made a soup by putting beans into the lake, The purple cow wore green glasses to make the snow look like grass, and in the winter her milk came out like ice cream, It was so cold that their words and shadows froze and everything turned blue

Characters, American Continent, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett, African Continent

Folk Rhymes


From many regions




Native American



Explain the Natural World

Explain human emotions

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