Category Archives: Fairy Tales

Parents: Writing/Media Assignment coming home!


Please be aware that your child’s Fairy Tale (writing) and Book Cover (media) assignments are being sent  home for signing tonight. Please review with your child, sign, and return to me.

If you have any questions that your child can’t answer, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you could email me first, and then we can arrange a time for a phone call if you’d like additional clarification.


Tammy Gaudun

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Fairy Tale – Moral Debate

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students consider the ethics of characters in three fairy tales.

  • In “Puss in Boots,” a clever cat engineers a succession of hoaxes and lies for the benefit of its master. As a result, the master eventually marries the king’s daughter and appoints Puss in Boots prime minister, and all parties live happily ever after. Among the debatable questions inspired by this fairy tale are
    1. Was Puss in Boots wrong to lie to the king and deceive him?,
    2. Was the cat wrong to trick the ogre and then kill him?, and
    3. Is trickery ever justified?
    4. Challenge students to support their positions with at least three cogent arguments.
  • In “Jack and the Beanstalk,” young Jack, whose impoverished mother is left with nothing but the family cow, is sent to market to trade the cow for as much money as he can. Jack trades the cow for a handful of beans and, in despair, his mother throws the beans out the window. Jack narrowly escapes from the giant with two stolen treasures that will secure the future for himself and his mother. Among the debatable questions posed by this story are
    1. Since the giant wanted to eat Jack, was it OK that Jack stole the giant’s goose and harp?
    2. An older version of this familiar tale offers up some unique twists that will add to the debate: Since the giant had stolen everything from Jack’s father, do you think it was OK for Jack to take it back?
  • Create a two-column graphic organizer for the first two fairy tales above. Print one of the ethical questions raised by the tale at the top of the graphic organizer. Print “Yes” at the top of the first column and “No” at the top of the other. As students share their responses to the questions, write the responses in the appropriate columns.For a printable comparison chart, see Comparison Chart.

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Published PowToon FairyTales

PowToon Survey (this can/should be done over the holidays):

Add sound effects:


  1. Shellrock Holmes
  2. The Lonely Dragon
  3. Doug in the Depths
  4. Matais the Matchstarter
  5. From Bully to Beggar
  6. The Termiborg
  7. Dash
  8. Cleanerella
  9. Snow White And The Poisoned Pear
  10. Just an Average Princess
  11. The Lazy Princess
  12. The Big Change
  13. Stalker
  14. Violet
  15. Listen
  16. The Raiders of Bobbingville Kingdom
  17. Lavender
  18. Jeffery
  19. Lost
  20. Prunellope and the Giant Peach
  21. The Giant Vegetable
  22. Rudy and The Kindness Fairies
  23. Gerald and the Magical Goat
  24. Willy Wonky and the Chocolate Twist




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7 1/2 – Weekly Update

This week 7-1/2 is finishing off their:

  • Fairy Tales
  • Front and back book covers
  • self-assessment of their Reader’s Theatre presentation (if not already done)

Also, those who are finished are building animated stories in PowToon. I will not be marking PowToon, this will just be a fun way to learn the program before we use it “for real” in the future. Also, students will have an animated version of their own fairy tales, which is pretty cool!

And here is the link to use it at home: 

Here’s a help manual:


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Fairy Tales – Checklist

Things you will be handing in next Tuesday include your:

  • fairy tale, printed
  • writing check-list, printed
  • book cover, front & back

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7 1/2 – Fairy Tales

Your fairy tale should be typed and edited at this point. If it’s not, you are behind.

This week, we will be making our book covers in Photoshop.

Learning Goal: I can create a book cover that conveys the intended purpose (fairy tale genre) and audience of my story by using the following:


  • The fonts used for the title and author reflect the genre of the book and convey the appropriate tone.


  • The graphic composition on the cover matches the content of the story, and reflects the purpose and audience of the story.


  • The colours of the image and fonts help to convey the appropriate tone of the story. (E.g., vibrant = kids, faded = historical, black and red = horror)


  • Tone is conveyed through the combination of font, image and colours on the cover.

Note, the example provided is of the fantasy genre, but highlights the elements of a book cover that you are to include (no award necessary for your cover).



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7 1/2 – Main Character

Your homework for tonight it to find an image of what you picture your main character to look like. As a comment below, post their name and a link to the image (right click, “copy image url“.   This will help you describe your character more descriptively in your writing.

Remember, your final fairy tale will need to include a metaphor, simile and personification. Perhaps you can compare your main character, or one of their features, to something.

E.g., his hair was like a lions mane.  His chest was like a giant wine barrel. Her hands were scaly like snake skin from all her cleaning. Her voice was melodic like a piccolo.

Name: Zinia:

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7 1/2 – Fractured Fairy Tales (in class)

Whether it’s The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun. This interactive tool gives students a choice of three fairy tales to read. They are then guided to choose a variety of changes, which they use to compose a fractured fairy tale to print off and illustrate. Useful for teaching point of view, setting, plot, as well as fairy tale conventions such as they lived happily ever after, this tool encourages students to use their imaginations and the writing process at the same time.

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