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Fairy Tale With A Twist Assignment

Whether it's The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. This interactive tool gives students a choice of three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate. Useful for teaching point of view, setting, plot, as well as fairy tale conventions such as they lived happily ever after, this tool encourages students to use their imaginations and the writing process at the same time.

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

What do cowboy hats have to do with fairy tales? Two traditional fairy tales and their Texas-based counterparts set the stage for five different ways to respond to text.

 

Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts

After examining recipes written based on students' favorite fairy tales, students research a recipe related to their favorite story, book, or fairy tale and include it in a classroom recipe book.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 2

Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.

Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen's stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18

Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.

Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4

Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.

Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.

 

Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was born today.

Students examine the painting that inspired Sondheim's Pulitzer-prize winning musical and then create a story of their own based on image they choose.

 

Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8

Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.

Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature With Elementary and Middle School Students

This unique text provides background about folk literature and how to use this rich genre in your classroom.

 

Grades   6 – 10  |  Activity & Project

Writing Fanfiction

Writing stories that imitate a certain genre or type of fiction allows children to explore a book they love by imagining new twists for their favorite characters and plot lines.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Fractured Fairy Tales

Tired of the same old books? Try on these "fractured" tales for a fun twist on familiar stories.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Fairy Tale Retellings

A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.

 

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Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

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