A parable is a story that teaches a hidden religious lesson within a literal, simple story. The most famous parables are found in the Bible.
A legend is a story about a hero who's on a quest to fight against evil. There are usually many stories about the same character. The stories have a mystical element, and the plot usually grows more fantastic as each generation re-tells it. Robin Hood and King Arthur are examples of Legends.
is a way for one generation to teach a moral, ethical, or religious lesson to future generations. It includes songs, speeches, sayings,
is a story that clearly states a moral. It often has animals as characters. Aesop is the most famous writer of fables. The Hare and the Tortoise, The Fox and Grapes, and The Goose Who Laid a Golden Egg are all examples of Fables.
A trickster tale is a story
in which an underdog (someone who is weaker, smaller, younger, or dumber) outsmarts another character who is stronger, bigger, older, or wiser than the character who
deceives him. Brer Rabbit is a trickster tale.
is a story about Greek or Roman gods and goddesses who make things the way they are. It is also about how the deities interact with humans. Some examples of myths are The Clash of the Titans, Percy Jacksona and the LIghtning Thief, and Narcissus.
A Fairy Tale
is a story about an ordinary person who has something magical happen to him/her that changes his/her life forever. Some examples of fairy tales are Snow White, Shrek, and Cinderella.
An origin tale is a story that explains why something in nature is the way it is, or it explains how something began. Some examples of origin tales are
Why the Sky is Blue,
Why Tigers have Stripes, and Why Hyenas have Long Hairs on their Backs.
A tall tale is a story about an amazing, larger-than-life person whose actions have been extremely exaggerated as the story has been re-told over the years. Some examples of tall tales are Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and