Adult Ed
Fairy Tales

OverviewActivities


Overview


In this lesson students read and analyze fairy tales, while incorporating literary and social theory in their discussion. The lesson begins with students filling out an Anticipation Guide, which helps to set a basis for the inquiry they are about to undertake. The expectations established in Step 1 are referred to throughout the lesson, as the class delves deeper into aspects of traditional fairy tales. The class discusses the elements of a fairy tale, reads "fractured fairy tales," and compares the stucture of the fairy tale to the structure of novels.


Materials

  • "The Story of the Eldest Princess" in THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE'S EYE, by A.S. Byatt (Random House, 1994)
  • PUSH, by Sapphire (Knopf, 1996)
  • THE COMPLETE FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, edited by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 1992)
  • FRACTURED FAIRY TALES, by A.J. Jacobs (Bantam, 1999)
  • TAM LIN, by Pamela Dean (Tor Books, 1992)
  • THE CAT CINDERELLA, by Giambattista Basile
  • ASH GIRL, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • CINDERELLA, or THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER, by Charles Perrault
  • CINDERELLA: A CASEBOOK, edited by Allan Dundes (University of Wisconsin, 1988)
  • Anticipation Guides (printable sample)
  • Fairy Tale Elements Charts
  • newsprint


Objectives


Students will:
  • Learn about story structure.
  • Compare and contrast the structural features of different texts in the same genre and across genres.
  • Write comparison/contrast essays.
  • Activate prior knowledge and revise based on new information.
  • Practice reading critically.
  • Practice narrative writing.
  • Practice summary writing.
  • Practice oral presentation.