As you begin a study of fairy tales or any fantasy-based literature, use this activity that examines two argument essays about the impact fairy tales have on children. In “Fairy Tales: A Nightmare in Disguise,” the writer argues that fairy tales are the cause of several social ills. In the other essay, “Fairy Tales: A Tool to Help Humanity,” the writer argues that fairy tales bring many benefits not only to children, but also to society as a whole.
After reading the two opposing viewpoints, students will answer a series of questions requiring them to analyze the essays and form their own opinion.
This activity can stand by itself as a lesson on argument writing and can also be used as a sub plan. It was specificially designed, though, to be a launching lesson into a deeper study of fairy tales as a genre or with any fantasy or magical realism novel.
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