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Once Upon a Link: A PowerPoint Adventure With Fractured Fairy Tales

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Once Upon a Link: A PowerPoint Adventure With Fractured Fairy Tales

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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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. Choose a variety of traditional and fractured fairy tales to read with students. (The Online Fairy Tale Collections and Activities page provides links to online texts and annotated lists of titles.) Note how the chosen titles exemplify the six traits of writing. Practice reading any stories you plan to read aloud to the class. If students will be reading independently, collect multiple copies of the chosen titles for classroom use.

2. Review information about fractured fairy tales. (See resources under “Fractured Fairy Tales” on the Online Fairy Tale Collections and Activities page.) Depending on your students’ knowledge, you may want to conduct the EDSITEment lesson “Fairy Tales Around the World” to introduce them to the characteristics of fairy tales.

3. Familiarize yourself with the Fractured Fairy Tales tool, and use it to create a sample fractured fairy tale for one of the titles included in the tool. Bookmark this tool on students’ computers, in addition to any online fairy tales or webpages students will be reading.

4. Review information about the six traits of writing and make sure students are familiar with these traits. You may wish to use materials from the Education Northwest: 6+1® Trait Writing website.

5. Schedule access to computers with Internet access for Sessions 4, 6, and 7.

6. Familiarize yourself with the PowerPoint Template for Fractured Fairy Tales, using the instructions on the PowerPoint Tool Tips handout. Practice changing backgrounds, using transitions, and inserting and moving clipart. You may want to visit the Clipart ETC Site Map and scroll down to the Literature heading; it has links to many relevant images. You can insert some samples in the template and direct students to the site when they are working during Session 7. Install a copy of the PowerPoint template on students’ computers for use during Session 6. Note: The hyperlinks only work in the template when the story is in Slide Show presentation mode.

7. Introduce (or review) the basic features of PowerPoint software that students will need to use in their hyperlinked stories. If you choose to have students create their own hyperlinked fairy tales, review the online instructions on how to Use Microsoft PowerPoint to Develop an Interactive Story and bookmark this page on students’ computers. Be prepared to demonstrate the process and assist students with their individual stories.

8. Make a copy for each student of the PowerPoint Tool Tips handout, Drawing in PowerPoint handout (optional), and What I Learned About My Writing self-evaluation sheet. Make a copy for each student and one overhead transparency of the Organization Chart for Fractured Fairy Tales. Make copies of the Presentation Rubric and Six Traits Rubric for Fractured Fairy Tales so that each small group can evaluate all the other groups’ presentations.

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