Folktales have been around for many years.  Many of us have grandparents that have heard stories from their parents and the stories continue
to get passed down. 

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1.  Listen and read the folktale below.
2.  Ask yourself is this real or make-believe?
3.  What clues let you know if it was real or make-believe?
4.  Why would this be a folktale someone would pass down to their children?

Why Dogs Chase Cats
Retold by: S. E. Schlosser

Once long ago, Dog was married to Cat. They were happy together, but every night when Dog came home from work, Cat said she was too sick to make him dinner. Dog was patient with this talk for a while, but he soon got mighty tired of fixing dinner for them both after a hard day's work. After all, Cat just stayed home all day long.

One day, Dog told Cat he was going to work, but instead he hid in the cupboard and watched Cat to see if she was really sick. As soon as Cat thought Dog had left, she started playing games with Kitten. They laughed and ran about. Cat wasn't the least bit sick.

Dog jumped out of the cupboard. When Cat saw him, she stuck a marble in her cheek and told Dog she had a toothache. Dog got so mad at her he started chasing her around and around the house.

Dogs have been chasing Cats ever since.

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Is this folktale real or make-believe?

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What clues from the folktale helped you decide if this is
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Why would this be a folktale that is passed down from grandparents?

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