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A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts

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A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts

Grades 2 – 4
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Fairy Tales from Life

Picture books provide the basis for an analysis of fairy tale elements before students write their own original tales.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Fairy Tale Autobiographies

Students read and analyze fairy tales from several cultures, identifying common elements. Choosing common situations, students write original fairy tales, using picture books as models and a peer review process.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Get Cooking With Words! Creating a Recipe Using Procedural Writing

Students participate in read-alouds of books that exemplify effective word choice, explore how to choose words to best communicate an idea, and then write explicit instructions for a recipe.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," students learn to recognize story structure in fairy tales and create a logical sequence of events when writing original stories.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Once Upon a Time Rethought: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales

Students read and analyze fairy tales, identifying their common elements. They then write their own “fractured” fairy tales by changing one of the literary elements found in the original.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

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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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4

Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.

Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   5 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Explore Point of View in Fairy Tales

Explore fairy tales told in both old and new ways and use an online tool to help children create their own “fractured” version of a fairy tale.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write a Recipe

Use recipes to help children practice reading and writing step-by-step instructions. Have them sample the results to see how they did.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Delicious Summer Treats

Podcast host Emily Manning and guests explore a number of ways to get children reading and writing recipes and having fun with food.

 

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