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About Myths and Legends

How to use this site

The Stories

This website holds a collection of stories from around the East Anglian region. We have tales from all parts of this area; some you may have heard before and some, we hope, will be new to you. There are also stories from other parts of England and from around the world.

Try clicking on the 'Myths & Legends' button at the top of the page to see the list of stories currently available. Choose a story that you like the sound of.

Now you can:

  • Hear the story read to you by clicking on the "Play" button, and watch the animated pictures that illustrate what is going on.

  • Sit back and listen to the whole story by leaving the button set to 'Auto is on'. This means that, on the screen, you will see the story text, a paragraph at a time, and you will hear it read aloud. At the end of each section, the next piece of text will load up and the story will continue to be read out to you.

  • Play the story at your own pace, by clicking the button so that it says 'Auto is off'. Then use the 'back' and 'next' buttons to move through the story.

  • Simply read the story on screen by clicking on the 'Story Text' button.

  • Print out a copy of the story to read later.

For each story you have chosen you will also find:
  • A library of pictures that go with the story: click on the 'Gallery' button.

  • Work that others have done after reading the stories: click on the 'Your work' button.

  • Information about how the story may have arisen: click on the 'Origins' button.

  • Ideas and lessons for teachers: click on the 'Teachers' button.

Tools for creating your own stories

The Myths & Legends site contains tools to help you:
  • Create your own stories

  • Carry out research about these and other stories

  • Write about the stories you have read on the site

These tools can be found by clicking on the 'Create your own' button at the top of the page.

The Story Creator and Viewer
Once you have read and listened to some of our stories, you might like to try your hand at creating your own version of one of the stories or even creating a brand new story. On this site we have a 'Story Creator' which will help you to use pictures to create a graphic version of a story. The 'Story Creator' comes with lots of backgrounds, characters and props and you can even add your own pictures.

To use the story creator:
  • Select the 'Story Creator' option from the page and wait for the galleries of characters and objects to load up.

  • Scroll through the backgrounds and click on the one you wish to use. This will now become the background for your first frame.

  • Select characters and objects by clicking on them - they will appear in your frame and you can use the Scale, Rotate and Flip tools to make them look how you want.

  • When you are ready to move on to the next part of your story, click the 'next' button.

  • When the next blank frame appears, you can save a lot of time by clicking the 'Copy' button - this will copy everything from Frame 1 on to Frame 2. You can then alter the positions of the characters and add new ones as well.

  • Clicking on the 'Storyboard' button will let you see all your frames at once and choose which one you want to work on.

  • You can add your own background by clicking on the 'add your own image' box. This will allow you to browse on your computer and upload an image of your choice.

  • When you are ready, you can save your work by clicking on the 'Save' button.

An administrator will check your work before it is seen by others on the site.

The Story Viewer: allows you to browse the stories created with the Story Creator.

Sound Gallery:
If you are creating a story of your own, in school or at home, you may want to use some sound effects to make your story sound really interesting. The Sound Gallery has a large collection of effects - creaking doors, hooting owls, thunder, footsteps - for you to use. They are all copyright-free, which means that you can download them and use them at any time. To download one, right-click on it and select 'Save Target As...', then save it to a place on your computer.

Image Gallery:
You can view a collection of pictures that you may want to use in your myths and legends, as well as pictures to go with each story, by clicking on the 'Gallery' button in the 'Create your own section'. These high-quality photos have been taken at sites which feature in the story and are usually available in two different sizes - large and extra-large! To download a picture to use in your work, right-click on the picture and select 'Save Picture As...'.

Some of the stories on this site are very old and, because of that, they sometimes contain words which you may not be familiar with. Words sometimes change their meanings too and they may have meant one thing five hundred years ago and something very different today. To help you work out what some of these words mean, we have provided a glossary. You can look up the meanings of particular words by clicking on a letter at the top of the glossary page or by typing a word into the search box.

The Timeline tool will help you to figure out what else was happening in the world at the time that the story was supposed to have happened.

How to:
If you would like to get more involved with creating your own story, our 'How to' section will give you some hints and tips on a whole range of things - from 'How to read aloud' through to 'How to create clay figures for stop-motion animation'.

Record a video:
You can record a video of yourself reading your story, to go with the text of your myth or legend. This is really easy to do.

From the 'Create your own' page, you just need to select the link for 'Record a video of yourself telling a story'. You will need to have a webcam, or something similar, connected to your computer and you will also need to connect a microphone, to record your voice. Your computer might already have these connected or it might even have a built-in microphone - many laptop computers do. Once everything is set up:
  • Click the 'Connect' button on the page and, when a little box appears asking if it is okay to use your camera and microphone, click on 'Allow'.

  • Then, when you are ready to record, click on the 'Record' button. When you are finished, click 'Stop Recording'.

  • If you make a mistake, click 'Stop Recording' and then click 'Record' again to start from the beginning.

  • When you are happy with your recording, type a name in the box at the bottom of the page and click 'Next'.

Adding Your Story to the site

In the 'Create your own' section, you can submit your own stories or your work about myths and legends, to be read or viewed by others across the internet. There are three options that you can choose from, depending on the type of work you are submitting:
  • You can upload a story you have made up yourself

  • You can submit a real myth or legend from your area

  • You can submit work relating to a myth and legend already existing on the site

To upload your work:
  • Click on the button that describes the type of work you are submitting.

  • Make sure you have all the resources that you want to add to the site. If it is a written story, there is a place to enter the story text on the form - please make sure the story is finished and has been checked for spelling and punctuation. However, it is also good to submit a picture (in JPEG format) that illustrates your story. You can also upload files of many types, including PowerPoint presentations, word documents, movies and audio.

  • Fill in the form - you must complete all the fields that have a * symbol against them.

  • When you have completed the form press 'submit'.

An administrator will check your work before it is seen by others on the site.


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