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Transforming Fairy Tales
Lesson 2: What is a Fairy Tale?

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Lesson 1. Transforming

What is a fairy tale? Can you name five? Ten? What do these tales have in common?
1. We listened, as a class, to a CD on the computer of Reader Rabbit, King Midas and the Golden Touch.
2. We made a list of the characteristics of this tale and others we've read.
3. We made a chart listing the following characteristics:

Lesson 5. Creating a character template

Begins with Once Upon a Time, Once long ago, Long, long ago etc.
Story setting is usually in a castle, forest , or town
Story has good / nice characters
Story has mean / bad characters
Many of the characters are animals or members of royalty
Story has magic
Story has the numbers 3 or 7 in it
Story has a problem
Problem in the story is solved
Good wins / outsmarts bad
Ending is "happily ever after"
In order for a story to be a Fairy Tale it must have most of these characteristics - 6 or more.

Lesson 2. What is a fairy tale?
What are the characteristics?

What is it that makes a story a fairy tale? For the answer to this questions and a wonderful list of related lessons go to: Learning About the Genre of Fairy Tales,

Lesson 6. Transforming characters

Lesson 3. Writing our fairy tales
How can we transform a tale.

Click here to see original chart on the Web.

Lesson 7.Finding backgrounds on the Internet.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE CLASSROOM: provides extensive links to lessons and resources created by teachers.
For an extensive list of fairy Tales on the Web and related resources, go to: The Children's Literature Nook Presents Fairy Tales on the Web This site's content includes: Aesop's Fables, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Perrault, Rumpelstiltzkin, Snow White, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Fairy Tale Links, Fairy Tales in the Classroom , Fairy Tale Bibliography, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

This material will provide you with examples to enable students to discuss the elements of a fairy tales. It helped us to create a chart for our classroom similar to the one above that the students could refer to as they wrote.

Lesson 4. Editing our tales


9. Helpful Web sites

See our fairy tales

Lesson 8.Putting the pages together