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Favorite Resources for Teaching Fairy Tales?

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Hansel and GretelEverywhere you look these days, you find fairy tales. From the television show Once Upon a Time to the recent movie Mirror, Mirror, there’s no denying that fairy tales are hot in popular culture.


You can find lesson plans and materials like these on ReadWriteThink to explore fairy tales in the classroom:


  • Fractured Fairy Tale tool: Invite students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. It’s easy with this interactive tool. (Grades 3–12)
  • Fairy Tale Autobiographies: Students explore fairy tales from several cultures and then write their own original  original fairy tales. (Grades 5–9)
  • A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts:  After examining recipes written based on favorite fairy tales, students research a recipe and include it in a classroom recipe book. (Grades 2–4)
  • Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Teaching Revision as a Concept:  Students use fractured fairy tales to practice revision and editing as separate activities when they write their own versions of fairy tales. (Grades 6–8)
  • 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 6–8)
  • Fairy Tales from Life:   Picture books provide the basis for an analysis of fairy tale elements before students write their own original tales. (Grades 3–5)
  • This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice:   What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities. (Grades 3–5)
  • Exploring Satire with Shrek:   Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales. (Grades 9–12)
  • 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 K–2)
  • Behind the Scenes With Cinderella:   Cinderella without castles, coaches, or ball gowns? Students use versions of Cinderella to explore how the setting of a story—time, place, and culture—affects the characters and plot. (Grades 3–5)
  • 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)


Have you tried any of these lessons? Do you have another fairy tale lesson that is a favorite? Help us compile the best list of fairy tale resources on the Internet by adding your links and ideas below!

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