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Fractured Fairy Tales
|Grades||3 – 12|
|Interactive Type||Writing & Publishing Prose|
|ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE|
Whether it's The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. This interactive tool gives students a choice of three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate. Useful for teaching point of view, setting, plot, as well as fairy tale conventions such as they lived happily ever after, this tool encourages students to use their imaginations and the writing process at the same time.
Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? Once Upon a Fairy Tale offers his side of the story and more, providing vivid examples of how voice enlivens narrative. After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit
What really happened to the three little pigs? Students will read and write fractured fairy tales. In composing and editing these tales, students focus on the six traits of writing.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades 2 – 4 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 4
Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
Grades 4 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 22
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 K – 8 | Calendar Activity |  September 8
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
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 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 18
Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
Grades K – 12 | Strategy Guide
This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.
Grades 3 – 8 | Professional Library | Book
This unique text provides background about folk literature and how to use this rich genre in your classroom.
Grades 6 – 10 | Activity & Project
Writing stories that imitate a certain genre or type of fiction allows children to explore a book they love by imagining new twists for their favorite characters and plot lines.
Grades K – 5 | Podcast Episode
Tired of the same old books? Try on these “fractured” tales for a fun twist on familiar stories.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
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.