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Fairy Tale Trials

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This unit has been used for debate purposes, point of view, or persuasive techniques.

Teacher or students choose a fairy tale such as Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, or another tale. The characters (usually the protagonists) are put on trial.

Debate - One side is for, the other is against. Each side has to find points that prove if the characters in the tale are guilty or innocent. Example using Hansel and Gretel:
For - kids were abandoned. They were using survival skills to stay alive. They were kidnapped by the Old Lady (witch). These points must be proven and debated.

Against - The kids trespassed and vandalized an old lady's home. They committed murder by pushing her in the oven.

This can also be set up like a trial scene with lawyers giving their statements and a jury (the rest of the class) deciding their fate.

POV can also be used here to show how most people view the story, but let's look at this in another way.
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