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Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

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Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Stephanie Affinito

Stephanie Affinito

Queensbury, New York

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

Denton, Texas


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

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  • Cinderella (any traditional version)

  • Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman (Scholastic, 1992)

  • Little Red Riding Hood (any traditional version)

  • Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell (Henry Holt, 1997)

  • A computer with Internet access and either a large-screen monitor or an LCD projector

  • A document camera or transparencies and an overhead projector

  • Large sticky notes

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Fractured Fairy Tales

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.


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1. Be sure you are comfortable and familiar with the five categories of expressive engagement. "Talking Back and Taking Over: Young Children's Expressive Engagement During Storybook Read-alouds" by Lawrence R. Sipe provides an explanation of each response category and examples of how the engagements can be used in the classroom. The Expressive Engagements Reference Sheet and Examples also provides a summary of each response category for quick reference.

2. Become thoroughly familiar with the books you will read aloud. In this lesson, the traditional versions of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are paired with Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman and Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell. To find the traditional texts as well as other versions see:
3. Make copies of some of the illustrations from the traditional version of Cinderella you select to read aloud. Choose illustrations that show action or an exciting event occurring. A good illustration to use might be when the stepsisters laugh at Cinderella for wanting to go the ball or when the Prince is searching for the person whose foot fits the glass slipper. Make several copies of each illustration you choose for each student.

4. Choose five or six illustrations from the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood you select and make a transparency of each. Choose illustrations in the story that show a character at a point of decision, about to enter into a dangerous situation, or needing help. A good illustration might be when Little Red Riding Hood is talking to her grandmother and she doesn't yet realize that it is really the wolf. If you have a document camera, you can simply select the illustrations you would like to use in Session 3 and project them directly from the book.

5. Print and make copies of the Retelling Picture Handout and the Note for Home for each student.

6. Bookmark and familiarize yourself with the online Fractured Fairy Tales interactive tool. If you do not have a classroom computer with Internet access, reserve a 45-minute session in your school's lab for Session 5. If possible, you will want to use an LCD projector or a large-screen monitor during this session.

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