A TALL TALE
The Fisherman and the Bear

A Tall Tale from the USA
One fine day an old Maine man was fishing and fishing on his favorite lake and catching nothing. Finally, he gave up and walked back along the shore to his fishing shack. When he got close to the front door, he saw it was open. Being of a suspicious nature, he walked to the door quietly and looked inside. There was a big black bear. It was just pulling the cork out of his molasses jug with its teeth. The molasses spilled all over the floor and the bear rubbed his paw in it, smearing it all over.
Well, the old man was not the timid sort. He went to the back of the shack, put his head in the window and gave a loud yell. The bear jumped and ran out the door. It was running strangely. The old man saw that the bear was holding up the foot covered with molasses so it wouldn't get dirty.
The bear ran to the lake shore. Standing on its hind legs, it held up the paw full of molasses. Soon all the flies and bugs and mosquitoes were swarming all over the sticky sweet paw. Then the bear waded into the water with his sticky paw full of bugs. It held the paw out over the water. Suddenly, a big trout came jumping out of the water trying to get to the flies. The bear gave it a swat and it flew to the shore and flopped there. Then another fish jumped into the air after the flies, followed swiftly by another. Every time a fish jumped after his paw, the bear cuffed it ashore. Soon it had a large pile.
Finally, the bear decided he had enough fish and waded to shore. The bear had caught a mess of fish any fisherman would envy. The old man had caught nothing. He watched that bear eat half a dozen trout, his stomach rumbling. All he had for dinner was some bread and what was left of the molasses. Finally the bear paused in his eating, and looked over to the bushes where the old man was hidden. The bear stood up and laid the remaining fish in a row. Then it walked away up the shore. It kept looking back at the bushes where the old man stood. The old man crept out of the bushes and down to the shore. Sure enough, the bear had left six large trout for him. He looked over at the bear. It was standing at the edge of the wood watching. "Thanks a lot," the old man called to the bear. The bear waved the now-clean paw at the old man and disappeared into the thicket. "Well," said the old man, "That's the first time a bear has ever paid me for my molasses."
The old man never hunted bears again.
Click here to read some more American tall tales.


Most stories have a very similar structure:
pig building with bricks
ORIENTATIONFirstly you are put in the picture with descriptions of where and when the story takes place and who are the central characters. This is called the ORIENTATION because it orients you, it positions you to understand exactly how the story starts.
Once upon a time there was a mother pig who could not afford to keep her three little pigs so she sent them to build their own houses.
COMPLICATIONSecondly something happens to trigger or propel the story forward, something that affects the situation and forces some action. This is called the COMPLICATION because the original circumstances of the situation have changed, become more complicated.
There was a wolf who wants to eat the three little pigs.
SERIES OF EVENTSNext, as a result of the situation changing, the main actions of your story start to happen as your characters respond. This is called a SERIES OF EVENTS because one thing leads to another as some sort of problem needs to be solved.The three little pigs make three houses: one of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks. The wolf blows down the first two houses and eats the pigs (or they run to the brick house). The wolf fails to blow down the house made of bricks.
RESOLUTIONThe climax or ending of a story is often the most exciting, the climax to the story. The problem might be solved or normality has been returned. RESOLUTION is sometimes called the RE-ORIENTATION because we are back where we started! The wolf attempts to lure the last pig out of its house. But, the pig outsmarted the wolf. The wolf attempts to break in the house forcefully by climbing through the chimney. The pig sets up a fire at his fireplace and places a boiling pot of water on it. The wolf falls in the chimney and into the boiling water and gets cooked and eaten by the pig.
MORAL / LESSONFinally, what do we learn?
The MORAL is really the point of the story; the reason it was written.
Building with straw or sticks might be quicker, and give you more time to play, but ....!
Parents have used the story of The Three Little Pigs to convince children all over the world to work hard for success, with the hope that the hard work will eventually be rewarded.

Don't take the easy way out?


A LEGEND


A legend is a story from the past about a subject that was, or is believed to have been, historical. Legends concern people, places, and events. Usually, the subject is a saint, a king, a hero, a famous person, or a war. A legend is always associated with a particular place and a particular time in history.
The Legend of TROY
The truth of TROY

A MYTH


A myth is a sacred story from the past. It may explain the origin of the universe and of life, or it may express its culture's moral values in human terms. Myths concern the powers who control the human world and the relationship between those powers and human beings. Although myths are religious in their origin and function, they may also be the earliest form of history, science, or philosophy...
create your own myth!
Myths and Legends
......also fables, folktales, and fairy stories!

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this is...a bunyip! Or someone's version of one.
[click picture to see more]
There are many traditional Aboriginal stories concerning
.......the bunyip!


A FOLKTALE


A folktale is a story that, in its plot, is pure fiction and that has no particular location in either time or space. However, despite its elements of fantasy, a folktale is actually a symbolic way of presenting the different means by which human beings cope with the world in which they live.
Folktales concern people -- either royalty or common folk -- or animals who speak and act like people...
Chinese Folktales

A FABLE


A short narrative making a moral point, traditionally by means of animal characters who speak and act like human beings.
You can read a collection from Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen
by clicking the link below.

Aesop's Fables
Here are six pictures that illustrate a fable from Vietnam.
The characters include two brothers, a raven, some starfruit, and some gold.


Your job is to write a story and then put the pictures in an order that suites.


HINT 1: The brothers' parents have just died.

HINT 2: One brother is very greedy!

HINT 3: You should have a moral!



Click on each picture to have a closer look.
"The story of the star-fruit tree and the raven"
Fairy Tail (TV)
Lucy is a 17-year-old girl, who wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of transportation.
But Natsu isnt just any ordinary kid, he's a member of one of the world's most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail.


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