Fairy Tale Autobiographies

This is a several day study of fairy tales that is designed for 5th grade or higher. Students will explore multiple fairy tales, identify the components of fairy tales, and finally publish their own fairy tales. Students work together in small groups to read, discuss, and analyze fairy tales. After compiling a list of common elements, students collaborate on their own original fairy talesu2014based on events from their own lives or the lives of someone they know. Each student decides what kind of experience to write about, composes and revises a fairy tale, and then presents their story to the rest of the class. The lesson follows a process method that includes peer review and encourages using picture books from a variety of cultural backgrounds as models. Students share their stories with the class, and the project concludes with individual reflection on the group project and fairy tales.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0501.2.4
Participate in teams for work and discussion.
GLE 0501.3.2
Write in various modes and genres, including narration, literary response, personal expression, description, and imaginative.
GLE 0501.3.3
Know and apply the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, evaluating, and publishing.
GLE 0501.8.2
Experience various literary genres, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, chapter books, biography/autobiography, short stories, folk tales, myths,...
GLE 0501.8.3
Understand the basic characteristics of the genres (e.g., narratives, prose, poetry, drama) studied.
GLE 0601.2.6
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • listen to and read fairy tales, focusing on comprehension and analytical skills. 
  • analyze the fairy tales for common elements and genre characteristics. 
  • collaborate to gather information and complete prewriting activities. 
  • compose an original fairy tale, based on personal experiences. 
  • use graphic organizer to develop characters, settings, conflict, and resolution for their fairy tales. 
  • bind, publish, and share fairy tales.

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


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