by Becky Ford, Calcasieu Parish School System
Modified by Joe Douglas, Lansing Middle School
Students will use familiar characters, plots, and settings from traditional fairy tales to create "fractured" versions. By altering the story line, adding an unexpected twist, or creating a contemporary "spin," students will build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills using a target language. Students will communicate, collaborate, translate, and make choices for writing and speaking as they analyze and evaluate well known fairy tales. Students will navigate through the Fractured Fairy Tales WebQuest to explore and examine a fractured fairy tale.
SCENARIO: (A Memo from the Boss)
You work for a children's magazine called Fairy Tale Footnotes. You write short stories for the magazine. This is not a paper magazine, but an electronic magazine. The magazine would like to feature a "fractured" fairy tale section in next month's issue to increase online subscriptions of readers. You submit your "fractured" stories to the editor, Mr. Douglas. If your story is exceptional, you will be up for a bonus and will become department head. Good luck to you!
You will also have to research background knowledge on the origin of fairy tales and answer questions such as: Where do Fairy Tales come from? What was their purpose? Are morals involved with fairy tales and if so how? Why are fairy tales so prevalent as a form of storytelling? How have illustrations been used to make fairy tales more enjoyable? (1 page report, see tasks.)
Today, some authors still like to retell and invent new fairy tales. Jon Scieszka's fractured fairy tales in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales are an excellent example of a retelling fariy tales but with humor.
So jump in and find out what makes these fairy tales so enduring, and write a unique fractured fairy tale that our readers will enjoy!! Good Luck!