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Welcome to this Lesson:

Serendipitous Fairy Tale Tabloids

imitating a newspaper's voice with a funny and original idea

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison. Check out all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Fairytale News can launch such a fun idea in your class for fracturing fairy tales! The idea that newspapers exist in fairy tale settings can really make for some fun writing.

Greetings, fellow teachers! My name is Corbett Harrison, and in 2001, I helped the Northern Nevada Writing Project launch this WritingFix website. For ten years, we sponsored lesson-building workshops throughout our region, and the best-of-the-best lessons created by our participants were posted at WritingFix for all teachers to freely access.

The lesson you find here is one that I personally created as a demonstration lesson during our very first Picture Books as Mentor Texts workshop.

If you enjoy this lesson's big ideas and want to hear more about the work that I do to inspire student writers of all ages, I invite you to visit my personal website--CorbettHarrison.com--where you can access the new lessons and training materials I have been developing since 2009.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After enjoying Colin and Jaqui Hawkins' story of Fairytale Land's newspaper, pose this question to students: "If they have a newspaper, do you think they have a tabloid newspaper too?" After examining articles from tabloid newspapers, students create crazy, tabloid-worthy headline for Fairytale Land. Using the style of a tabloid's articles, students will create an entire article that might run in the Fairytale Enquirer. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is voice; the writer's goal is to authentically imitate the style (and voice) of a real type of writing that can be found in the world.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development ; students should be encouraged to be as original as possible (no Shrek rip-offs!) as they write this assignment.

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