Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstilskin by Liesl Shurtliff is a great fractured fairy tale for upper elementary students. Shurtliff turns the classic character of Rumpelstiltskin into a sympathetic protagonist an adventure to break a curse and discover his true name. It’s a funny story with a wide cast of likeable characters, while including thought-provoking themes like friendship, greed, and bullying.
I highly recommend it to students that enjoyed Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein or any fractured fairy tales.
This book makes a wonderful novel unit for the whole class or for small reading groups. It works well with fourth and fifth grade independent reading levels and can be easily used as a read aloud or for advanced literature circles in third grade.
This novel unit includes:
• Chapter Comprehension Checks with answer key (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 3.1, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1)
• Optional Glossary & Synonym Vocabulary Quiz- source: vocabulary.com (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4 D, 4.4.C, 4.5.C, 5.5.B. 5.5.C)
• Character Map using evidence from text (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 3.3, 4.3, 5.1)
• Evidence from the Text : Bullying in Rump (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1, 3.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2)
• ‘Top hat’ compare/ contrast graphic organizer based on The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core by Matthew Perini (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL 3.3, 4.3 4.4, 4.6, 5.3, 5.9)
• Writing Prompts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1. A, 4.1.B, 4.1.C, 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.C)
• Rump’s Other Witches (Making Inferences) (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.RL.4.1, 5.1)
• Cause and Effect page & blank (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL. 3.3, 4.3, 5.3)
Please note: I use color for student cover page and black and white for the following pages for easy/ cost-effective xeroxing. Graphics in this unit are from other teacher pay teacher sellers: Steach4fun, Dancing Crayon Designs, Apples 'n' Acorns, and Paula Kim Studio. I credit their creative work for helping my classroom activities look nicer! :)