A Little Magic For Your Class . . .

If done right, reading time is magical.  I love having a literature rich classroom.  It's important to expose students to as much literature as possible.  Lately altered fairy tales are everywhere, so this month I decided to blog about the benefits of studying altered fairy tales with your students.

  • Altered fairy tales expose your students to the original tale as well as the altered version.  To truly study them both, students have to keep going back to the original tale.  This of course allows them time to re-read and think deeper about the meanings in both texts.  
  • Students are able to compare and contrast both stories.  Once again, students have a solid reason to dig deeper into both texts.
  • Students have to think critically.  By reading the altered story as well as the original tale, students are able to see familiar characters in a whole new light.  One of my favorite altered tale authors is Liesl Shurtliff.  She has authored RumpJack, and Red.  Each one develops the main characters of traditional tales in a whole new light.  I created novel study guides for each story, which allow my students to write about their thinking with each story.
There are examples of altered fairy tales everywhere right now - with many examples recently on television and in films.  My students enjoy reading and writing about them.  Best of all, at the end of the unit students can create their own altered tale.  Whichever altered fairy tales you decide to study, make sure you have fun making magic in

your classrooms!


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