At the heart of it, a fractured fairy tale is just a really cool way to learn about the importance that point of view plays in the telling of a story. We've all heard sayings like, "History was written by the victors" or "There are two sides to every story." Fractured fairy tales allow us to introduce this lesson, using traditional fictional tales, at a level that kids can not only understand but enjoy.
First, set the stage. Lead a class discussion on fairy tales. (TIP: Create an anchor chart using these responses and post for easy reference.) What are some class favorites? What are elements that we commonly find in fairy tales?
Some responses might include:
- Set a long time ago
- Usually includes magic or some type of make believe
- Clearly defined good vs evil characters
- Plot is focused on a problem that needs to be solved
- Usually has a happy ending
- Oftentimes teaches a lesson or moral
Finally, let the fracturing begin! Have students select a traditional fairy tale. They should give it a new title. When they are ready to write their final version (after drafting and editing) let them write on this adorable FREE fairy tale stationery. You do need to be a member of TPT to download it but no worries. If you need to sign up that is easy and free too. After the writing is complete be sure to have students answer the reflection questions listed above.
Or, step things up a creative notch and make a cool castle shaped lapbook.