- A long time ago ("once upon a time" if you will), people used to tell stories to one another for entertainment. These stories were often told in an elaborated, exaggerated version of what they had actually experienced.
-The most famous fairy tale writers are The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Click on the links below to read a short biography:
- These men have written a number of famous fairy tales that you may have heard of including Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.
- Hans Christian Andersen has written hundreds of fairy tales including Thumbelina, the Emperor's New Suit, and the Little Mermaid.
You may recognize a number of these titles as being turned into Disney movies, however, one of them in particular has recently been turned into a graphic novel (which we recently read in class). Click on the following link to read The Brother's Grimm's original version of Rapunzel.
Once you have read this story, with a partner, create a Venn Diagram to compare & contrast it with the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale.
- The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin (*also known as The Hidden One- Native American)
- Tattercoats (English)
- The Egyptian Cinderella (Egyptian)
After you have completed your graphic organizer. Consider the following questions:
- How does each element that varies (i.e.- setting, characters, etc.) affect the overall message presented by the text?
- Which one of the three versions of the story did you feel displayed the author's tone the best?
- Which version do you think is the most drastically different from one another? Provide examples.
- What is one thing that all three versions of the story had in common?
- Why might an author stray from the original version of a text?
- What role does culture play in the different versions of Cinderella?
Giselle, who was once a cartoon, magically travels to the real world (NYC). Prince Edward comes to the city to attempt to save her.
Ella is a peasant who has a spell cast over her which makes her obey any command. In this clip, she comes in to save Prince Char from being crowned with a crown which has been laced with poison.
Danielle is a peasant girl who has won the affections of Prince Henry. Prince Henry comes to tell her of his feelings.
Following the clips, please answer the following questions:
1. What qualities is each prince lacking in the scene?
2. If you were one of these princes, which would you want to be and why?
1. What qualities are similar in each prince that is shown?
2. What do you think are the most important qualities that a prince must have?
Once you are finished, click on the link below to check and see what the experts say:
Components of a Fairy Tale
Now that you know what the different elements of a fairy tale are and have seen a number of examples, you are almost ready to create your own! But first, we will take a look at a different kind of fairy tale...
Jack & the Beanstalk
**While watching these fractured fairy tales, please take note of the humor, altered plot and characters.
- Do these stories follow any type of pattern?
- Which of these stories is most similar to the original?
- What is the purpose of a fractured fairy tale?
- Snow White
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Little Mermaid
Once your group has chosen a fairy tale, you will determine the following:
- What do we want to change about the original fairy tale? (Beginning, Middle, End, CLimax, Resolution)
- Who are the characters?
- Where will our story take place?
- What types of props will we need?
Plan out your thinking on a piece of poster paper (draw pictures to show what will happen in the story). The ultimate goal will be to act out and record a five minute fractured fairy tale which we will post in a blog. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!