Critical Lens Theory and Fairy Tales - PBL Unit

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Are you looking for an engaging ready-to-go unit to take your students analysis skills to a whole new level? This unit takes your students' love of Disney movies to a whole new level with critical lens theory! This 5-6 week unit takes a close examination into the fairy tales we know and love, but challenge them to look at them in a new way with critical lenses. All you need to do is supply the movies and have fun teaching the content!

In class you will examine the original texts of:


The Little Mermaid


Snow White

The Frog Prince

Students then analyze their Disney movie counterparts. The materials included will help students take a closer look at the archetypes, historical/social considerations, and introduce them to critical lens theory (mainly Marxist, Gender, and Archetypal lenses). This also includes three assignments that takes them through levels 2-4 of DOK understanding.

What are other teachers saying?
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely satisfied

I used this in my Mythology class when we studied fairy tales. Great way to look at archetypes for my elective English class.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely satisfied

This is going to be an awesome unit to my expand on my film class this year.

✅ Included:

  • Lesson plans that help guide you through the scope and sequences of the unit and suggestions for differentiation
  • 44 beautifully illustrated PDF pages of the original fairytales covered in this unit
  • Wicked Stepmother Archetype PP
  • Archetypes handouts
  • Critical Lens Theory PP
  • Socratic Seminar/Discussion Questions
  • Response assignments that can work as HW
  • Song lyrics from each movie to analyze more closely
  • Worksheets (differentiated for on-level and higher-level students) for the texts and movies to examine archetypes and specific lenses
  • 3 higher level thinking and application assignments
  • 3 essay examining a fairy tale through a critical lens and skills-based rubric
  • Final project in which students work in teams to create a sales pitch to company executives of a modified version of a fairy tale from a culture that has either NOT been represented or has been under-represented

Looking for a slightly smaller unit? Check out this one. It is not tiered for gifted and does not include The Princess and the Frog study or the PBL project - Critical Lens Theory Through Fairy Tales

Want to see how well this went over in my class? Check out my blog post here Around the World With Mrs. C Blog

****PLEASE NOTE- To get the full effect of the unit, you will need to have access to view the Disney movies mentioned.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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