Folk Literature Project

By: Connor Ploetz

Types of Folk Literautre

Fable: a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral
Folk Tale: a story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth
Epics: a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation
Myths: a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events
Tall Tales: a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual
Legends: a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated

Have you ever wondered, how much do elephants love mustard? If you have, then read the Mustard Theif!

The Mustard Theif

Written by: Connor Ploetz
Once upon a time, there was an elephant named Jeff. Jeff lived in the forest with his neighbor, Mike the rat. One day, Jeff was eating a hotdog. He paused after taking the first bite, and said, “This hotdog needs mustard, and quick.” So that’s when he smelled Mike cooking some hamburgers. What Jeff then saw on the grill next to Mike was a full bottle of mustard.


Jeff wanted this mustard a lot. So, he went on his way to Mike’s house to ask for the mustard. He politely went up to Mike and asked, “May I please have some of your deluxe mustard sir?” Mike looked at Jeff for a couple seconds, and then promptly said, “No.” Jeff took this as an insult. He asked so politely and Mike just straight up shut him down.


Jeff then said in the most impolite voice he could come up with, “Give me all your mustard!” Mike then said, “Still no.” Jeff got so furious that when Mike wasn’t looking, he stole the mustard! He then went home and ate his hotdog with Mike’s mustard on it. Jeff then became sick because Mike poisoned the mustard because he knew Jeff was going to steal it. The End.


Moral: Never steal a rat’s mustard.

Myth: Greek Hero - Odysseus

Odysseus is most famous for appearing in Homer's tale, The Odyssey. On his way home from fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus gets caught up in things like a cyclopes, sirens, and traitors in his own kingdom.
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Parable of Jesus: The Mustard Seed

In this parable, Jesus says that even if a man has faith the size of a mustard seed (mustard seeds are very small) then he can do anything because he has put his faith in God
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Confucianism and Taoism

1. Taoism teaches of the "yin yang", where opposite forces can come together as one
2. The five good bonds (or relationships) of Confucianism are ruler to subject, husband to wife, father to son, elder brother to younger brother, and friend to friend
3. Both of these teachings' goals are to help you find peace with yourself, others, and the world