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Fairy Tale Autobiographies

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Fairy Tale Autobiographies

Grades 5 – 9
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie

  • Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


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  • Select fairy tales for whole class and group reading. Be sure to include a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in your choices. The booklist Fairy Tale Picture Books for Class Exploration and additional booklists from the Websites section offer titles that can be explored with students. Additionally, your librarian may have suggestions for titles that will work well for this lesson. As example texts, this lesson uses Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie and Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young, but you may substitute other titles as desired. Ed Young’s I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket would also be effective for this lesson.

  • Make copies of the handouts for students: Common Elements of Fairy Tales, Situations for Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Peer Review Form, and Fairy Tale Feedback.

  • Test the Literary Elements Map and Plot Diagram Tool on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools 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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