Lesson: Fairy Tales: Compare Fractured to Traditional

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to compare and contrast traditional and fractured fairy tales.

Lesson Plan



State Standard:

5.LT-TN.12. Identify common structures in traditional literature (e.g., characters or story elements often come in threes — such as three bears, three sisters, three wishes, or three tasks — or are magic helpers — such as talking animals, fairies, or elves).

5.LT-G.2. Identify and analyze the characteristics of various genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes.





Students will be able to compare and contrast traditional and fractured fairy tales.

Do Now

The funniest story I ever read was________________.



Have students compare a traditional fairy tale book with a movie. Example: Cinderella

Direct Instruction

 T: Students we have all read traditional fairy tales (cinderella, little red riding hood, etc). Often these traditional fairy tales are changed by other authors. Authors change them to add humor or to tell the story from perspective of a person from a different county. These stories are called fractured fairy tales. They are fairy tales that are changed from the original version. Let’s look at one today. 


We will create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast a fractured fairy tale with the original tale (compare character, setting, problem, solution).


Guided Practice

Read a fractured fairy tale. As you are reading compare elements and model aloud the differences. Have students discuss what they notice and complete the Venn Diagram.


Independent Practice

Give students a fractured fairy tale and have them compare it the traditional version. 

Sample Fractured Fairy Tale Books:

The Wolf’s Story

True Story of the Three little pigs

Lon Po

Sleeping Ugly

Dusty Locks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks Returns

Jolly Postman



Have students discuss their comparisons Also discuss why it might be important to know the genre and features of that genre before reading.



Compare 3 things that are the same and 3 things that is different between a fractured and traditional fairy tale.



Lesson Resources

Venn Diagram  


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