IDENTIFYING AND WRITING FAIRY TALES

UNIT OF PRACTICE

DTL GEDDES 2001

JANEL SIMONSEN

UNIT OVERVIEW:  In this lesson we will identify the characteristics specific to fairy tales and incorporate that information by reading and critiquing published fairy tales and following a step-by-step process to write, illustrate, publish, and share an original fairy tale.    
STANDARDS BASED  GOAL:  Using the South Dakota state standards for third grade...  Writing:  1, 3-5, 7, 12-14, 16-20   Listening & Viewing:  1, 2, 6   Speaking:  3, 5, 7-9, 11-13
STUDENT OBJECTIVES:  Students will study 14 characteristics specific to fairy tales, read several fairy tales, identify the characteristics in each story, compare the fairy tales to other genre, follow a step-by-step writing process to write and illustrate an original fairy tale, share their final projects with another site over the DDN, and give reflections over the whole assignment using webct.
PREREQUISITE SKILLS:  Students will need to have basic grammar skills, writing skills, be familiar with the writing process, and be able to read at a minimum of the second grade level.
TIME SEQUENCE & LOCATION ACTIVITIES WITH ENGAGED LEARNING TECHNICAL & MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS SPECIAL NOTES
Day 1:  30 min. in classroom What is a fairy tale?  Discuss what a fairy tale is and the 14 characteristics that help identify them 1.  Computer

2.  Fairy Tale Fantasia Power Point

Don't show whole Power Point, Only the first three slides
Day 2:  30 min. in classroom Can you identify the characteristics in a fairy tale?  Read several fairy tales & identify specific examples of the characteristics. 1.  Fairy tales 

2.  Copies of the 14 characteristics of fairy tales

Make sure there are some well known & some not so well known fairy tales
Day 3:  30 min. in classroom How do you create a fairy tale?  Pre-write:  Choose a time, place, & characters for their own original stories. 1.  Computer:  Power Point slides of prewriting process.

2.  Poster with examples

3.  Paper & pencil

Encourage them to use their own ideas, only use the poster if needed
Day 4:  30 min. in classroom How do you create a fairy tale?  Pre-write:  Choose a problem & a solution to it. 1.  Computer:  Power Point slides of prewriting process

2.  Paper & pencil

Remind them to consider the prewriting from Day 3
Day 5:  30 min. in classroom How do you create a fairy tale?  Write an original fairy tale using the prewriting as a guide. 1.  Computer:  Power Point slides of writing process

2.  Prewriting

3.  Paper & pencil

Encourage them to just write

Skip lines to help leave room for revisions

Day 6:  30 min. in classroom How do you create a fairy tale?  Continue writing a fairy tale utilizing the prewriting. 1.  Computer:  Power Point slides of writing process

2.  Prewriting

3.  Paper & pencil

Continue to just write and skip lines
Day 7:  30 min. in classroom How can you make your story better?  Revise their stories on their own (subtract & add parts). 1.  First draft of story

2.  Pen for revising

During revisions, look for anything that could be subtracted from or added to the story
Day 8:  30 min. in classroom How can you make your story better?  Revise their fairy tales on their own (grammar & spelling). 1.  First draft of story

2.  Pen for revising

Look for any incorrect grammar, punctuation, or misspelled words
Day 9:  30 min. in classroom How can you pull it all together?  Make & illustrate the final copy.  Bind it. 1.  First draft of story

2.  Paper & pencil

3.  Computer for possible typing

Remind them to be neat & use scenery in their pictures

Let some advanced students complete their stories on the computer

Day 10:  30 min. in classroom How do you share your story?  Practice sharing with a partner. 1.  Final copy of fairy tale Discuss constructive criticism with them

Remind them not to hurt anyone's feelings

Day 11:  30 min. in VTEL room How can you share with another school?  Practice on the DDN without connecting. 1.  Final copy of fairy tale

2.  VTEL equipment

Make sure all of the students get to see themselves on screen
Day 12:  50 min. in VTEL room How can you share your story with another school?  Connect with another class from another school to share our stories.  Begin with an ice breaker.  Ask riddles about fairy tale characters. 1.  Final copy of fairy tale

2.  VTEL equipment

Make sure to decide on the order of sharing before hand so it runs smoother
FOLLOW UP:  The students will end the lesson by holding  discussions in groups of two or more over e-mail or webct.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:  None
ASSESSMENT:  Rubric, Observation, Student Checklist of Writing Process, Student Checklist for Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling, Participation in activities

TEACHER/STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

EXTENSION/ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

FAIRY TALE