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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.

Ask students to identify types of stories based on common characteristics. A teacher may ask questions to support student identification of the different types of literature.


  • Which type of story is usually passed down through families and different cultures? (Folktale)
  • Which type of story is short, teaches a lesson, and often has animals that talk? (Fable)
  • Which type of story starts with Once upon a time, has good and evil characters, and usually has a happy ending? (Fairy Tales)
  • Which type of story is usually short and has lots of rhyming words? (Nursery rhymes)
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., “Jack and the Beanstalk”).
A nursery rhyme is a song, poem, or rhyme intended for very young children that includes rhyming words (e.g.,Hey! Diddle, Diddle,” “Humpty Dumpty,” and “Jack and Jill).