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Fractured Fairy Tales

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Fractured Fairy Tales

Grades 3 – 12
Interactive Type Writing & Publishing Prose
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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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

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Big Bad Wolf: Analyzing Point of View in Texts

Was the Big Bad Wolf really all that bad? This lesson encourages students to analyze multiple viewpoints, view texts from different angles, and recognize gaps in narrative.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales

Students examine three examples of revisionist fairy tales in which female characters act in empowered roles rather than behaving helpless and submissive.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice

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

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

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

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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.

 

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   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18

Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.

Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature With Elementary and Middle School Students

This unique text provides background about folk literature and how to use this rich genre in your classroom.

 

Related Parent & Afterschool Resources

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Grades   6 – 10  |  Activity & Project

Writing Fanfiction

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   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.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Fractured Fairy Tales

Tired of the same old books? Try on these “fractured” tales for a fun twist on familiar stories.