Re-writing Fairy Tales

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.

One response on “Re-writing Fairy Tales

  1. dogtrax

    This is a cool idea and I have used it with my sixth graders, too.
    There is a whole new realm of children’s lit around the retelling of Fairy Tales from the viewpoint of secondary characters, or from the villian.
    I often use The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf as a source, since it is very funny (the wolf rationalizes everything because he has a cold and needs some ingredients from the reluctant pigs and he blows the houses down with a powerful sneeze, and of course, can’t leave a dead pig killed by the fallen house out to rot, so he eats ‘em up)

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