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Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales

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Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

James Bucky Carter

James Bucky Carter

El Paso, Texas


National Council of Teachers of English


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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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  • Students should be familiar with basic elements of traditional fairy tales.

  • Make copies of the handouts for the lesson: Common Elements of Fairy Tales, Common Situations for Fairy Tales, and Comic Book Primer.

  • Students should have completed reading Ella Enchanted and The Courageous Princess.

    Why these two books? Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted certainly fits the mold of revisionist fairy tale. Nilson and Donelson consider it as one of their "Old Stories in New Dress" (2001, p.48). Levine's comic heroine Ella might be a reluctant focus of attention, but she is definitely a force, and one that often trumps traditional notions of "fairy tale princess" and "helpless girl." Similarly, Rod Espinosa's Princess Mabelrose stands out among princesses in other fairy tales and even in her own Land of the Hundred Kingdoms. Ella Enchanted is perfect for younger middle school students or older students who might need lighter material, both in mental strain and seriousness of tone. The Courageous Princess is a stunning visual treat with a soft color palette sure to attract young female readers and art featuring enough larger-than-life fantasy characters to engage male readers too. Further, its progression is smooth and it has a strong economy of words.
  • Review the information about Paideia teaching philosophy and questioning techniques.

  • Test the Comic Vocabulary interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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