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How can they be used in the classroom?

Myths and Legends can be used to enhance many skills:

Listening skills & oral comprehension:
Pupils can listen to the stories and then demonstrate their meaning through text, pictures or animations.

Reading skills:
The stories foster language learning by providing rich and varied content, which can engage a listener's imagination. The simple characters and structure make them useful for pupils to practise reading aloud, drama and spoken interpretation of text.

Writing skills:
The stories provide a good context for pupils to practise their own writing skills. For younger children, the E2BN story-making tool can also help with this.

To develop critical thinking:
The stories deal with fundamental themes that are relevant to all kinds of listeners or readers. Although the events in the stories may be imaginary, they carry significant messages and deal with such things as jealousy, abuse of power, dishonesty, sorrow, forgiveness or happiness.

Investigation & research skills:
They can be used to explore cultural contexts or research local myths. The stories are part of a national cultural heritage. They include elements of history, geography or even climate. They give insight into customs, traditions and problems faced by communities.

Cross-curricular activities and ICT:
The stories offer an opportunity for pupils to use a variety of media, including digital pictures, movies, audio and text, to illustrate the events that happen or to develop their own stories. The stories can also be used in many curriculum areas - literacy, local and social history and citizenship amongst others.

For more information, see curriculum mapping and the lesson plans and case studies in this section.

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