One of my favorite units to do with my 6th grade gifted language arts class is my month-long Fractured Fairy Tale unit. The reason I love it so much is because of how much it has blossomed over the years. It went from a simple unit to something much more complex, including a brief study of the psychology that goes into creating fairy tales. This unit is aligned to Bloom's Taxonomy. I included an overview showing the correlation for each activity.
How I Use the Products:
I begin the unit with studying archetypes and their presence in everything from fairy tales to even video games. I use PPT 1 to give background into this concept. I have a few practice activities that help prove the prevalence of archetypes in society and culture. Next, I give a look into Vladimir Propp's Fairy Tale archetypes and Plot Functions.
*If you have extra time, consider using the new OZ movie as a supplement to reinforce Propp's ideas. I incorporated an activity using the movie into my PPT 1
After introducing archetypes, I move toward the fun concept of twisting them. Using PPT 2, I teach students how to take the archetypes we are familiar with and to fracture them in order to create humor. MY accompanying handout gives students the chance to create their own twists and fractures.
The last step is applying this to our own writing. My rubric is Common Core aligned and provides explicit instructions for writing a creative fractured fairy tale. I also included a supplemental PPT (The Role of a Publisher) to help students design finished Fairy Tales Books (if you choose to take it to that final step).
Summary of Product:
-Overview of Unit's correlation to Bloom's taxonomy
-Sample Archetype story (to accompany PPT)
-Archetype chart (to fill out with or without the movie OZ)
-Fracture Fairy Tale PPT
-Fracture Fairy Tale handout (to complete after PPT)
-Role of Publisher PPT
-Create Your Own Fairy Tale - Overview
-Fractured Fairy Tale Rubric
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