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Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

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Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Read-aloud: three 20-minute sessions; Instruction and writing: five 50-minute sessions
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Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida


International Literacy Association


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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   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   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8

Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.

Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.


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   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.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.


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Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Using Literature to Enhance Writing Instruction: A Guide for K-5 Teachers

This practical text outlines various ways to enhance and enrich writing instruction through the use of children's literature.


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