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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


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Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts

After examining recipes written based on students’ favorite fairy tales, students research a recipe related to their favorite story, book, or fairy tale and include it in a classroom recipe book.


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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.


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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Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was born today.

Students examine the painting that inspired Sondheim's Pulitzer-prize winning musical and then create a story of their own based on image they choose.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 2

Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.

Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen's stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 6

Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day.

Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom

Katie Wood Ray explains in practical terms the theoretical underpinnings of how elementary and middle school students learn to write from their reading.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Fairy Tale Retellings

A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.


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