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Fairy Tales in New Settings

fracturing fairy tales by moving their times and places

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Kathleen Marshall at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Bubba, The Cowboy Prince encourages unique fracturing of fairy tales by putting one's favorite tales in new regional settings.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The writer will first choose a fairy tale that he/she is very familiar with.  Next, he/she will choose a completely different setting (time and place) for their story.  The writer will then fracture the fairy tale by telling an interesting new story that uses the same basic plot elements, but different character and setting details. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; the writer's goal is to create a new and believable setting (time and place) with memorable details for a fairy tale that is already known.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; the writer will organize the sequence of events of their story using the familiar tale as a model and adding details appropriate to their new setting.

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