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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

Keep a checklist of students who have mastered the SE and who need more practice. Students should be able to listen to a story, determine its genre, and explain the characteristics of well-known children's literature genres (folktales, fables, fairy tales and nursery rhymes). Student responses should clearly define the characteristics of each genre.


  • Fable: A story that teaches a lesson and often has animals that talk
  • Folktale: A story that is passed on through different families and cultures
  • Fairy Tales: A story that begins with "once upon a time," has good and evil characters, and often has a happy ending
  • Nursery Rhymes: A short poem or chant that typically has rhyming words
material written and produced to inform or entertain children and young adults
A fable is a short tale in prose or verse that teaches a moral, especially, a tale using animals and inanimate objects as characters (e.g., “The Tortoise and the Hare”).
A fairy tale is a traditional story that includes extraordinary characters (e.g., magical creatures, princesses and evil queens) and magical events that usually has a happy ending.
A folktale is a story, tale, or legend of unknown origin that becomes well known through oral tradition and repeated storytelling (e.g., The Pied Piper).