Students will adapt and publish Classic Fairy Tales with ease using the 3 graphic organizers (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs) and paper choices.
As part of our 2nd Grade Writing Curriculum, we have student rewrite Grimm's Fairy Tales. Most students are familiar with the fairy tales, but have never heard the Grimm's version. Students listen to all 3 originals (3 Little Pigs, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood) then fill-in the graphic organizer for each. They note the elements of each story (main characters, magical objects, setting, animals, evil characters, problem, and happy ending or solution). Then to generate ideas about how they might adapt the original, we read several fractured versions of the original; these are the stories that most students have heard that involve a happy ending.
The fractured tales keep enough of the original Grimm's plot to be recognizable as such, but 1-2 elements have been changed. For example, we read Dinorella (a fractured fairy tale of Cinderella). The main character Dinorella meets the prince at a party, but leaves before the prince can get her name. Dinorella drops one of her crystal earrings and the prince must use this remnant to find the dinosaur of his dreams.
Once students have heard the originals and then the fractured fairy tales, they are ready to begin the writing process. Students use the graphic organizer "how I will change it" section to alter one (or more) of the Grimm's originals. The student will alter 1-3 parts of the story of choice while retaining some key elements. Students should not change too many elements or the reader will not be able to identify the original fairy tale.
Our students LOVE this unit. Based on the student's writing speed and process, he/she can alter 1 or all 3 stories! Enjoy