I found this great little lesson idea while surfing the Net looking for, well, um, great little lesson ideas.The Grade 8 teacher I’m working with is trying to get her students to write creatively. How do you do that? Well, this particular lesson idea suggested re-writing a fairy tale from the point of view of the antagonist. This little twist on the normal fairy tale got the kids thinking since, not surprisingly, not many of them have ever considered how a familiar story works from the bad guy’s point of view.
While the website where I borrowed this idea suggested fairy tales mainly, I suppose, to use the lesson with younger children, it was useful for my junior high kids because it meant I could steer them to a number of different stories that are in good taste and fairly well known.The students really did seem to like this lesson and came up with some really pretty good material that they shared with each other on a blog.Fair warning: Not all the Grade 8s seemed familiar with basic fairy tales, so I provided them with links to the stories. Generally I found these tales on Wikipedia.