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ReGina Harvey's Story
Sparking Imagination and Engagement With Fractured Fairy Tales
Teaching kindergarten students to think for themselves is a challenging task. I am frequently looking for new and inventive ways to spark imagination and enhance comprehension. One day I found the lesson “Cowboys and Castles: Interacting with Fractured Texas Tales” on the ReadWriteThink.org. This lesson inspired me and recovered my joy for teaching. I could not wait to teach the lesson. The lesson immediately caught my student’s attention. Using the story Cinderella was an ingenious way to motivate the girls to learn, and the book Bubba the Cowboy Prince was an even more engaging enticement for the boys.
Although I did not follow the author’s exact plan, I used many of her inspiring ideas. Each day we “talked back” to our characters, activated schema, made comparisons, practiced verbally retelling the stories using a retelling picture handout and note for home to explain the task; we also made personal connections, charted story elements, and created our own fractured fairy tale using the interactive tool Fractured Fairy Tales. By time we got to the fractured fairy tale portion of the lesson, the students were very excited about changing the story and making it their own. I truly enjoy this method of teaching; I was amazed at how consumed they became with creating their own stories. The students were more engaged in this lesson than any other lesson I had taught them thus far.
Read Write Think helped me to culminate everything I knew about teaching reading. I now use the site regularly to create my lessons and I have begun to recommend it to my peers.
ReGina Harvey teaches kindergarten at an intercity school in Hattiesburg, MS. She loves to read and write children's books and to read The Reading Teacher. She has been happily married 17 years and has three children: Breanna (15), Naylon (11), and Gianna (2).