Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Fairy Tale Writing Unit

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all the fun we had with our fairy tale writing unit. First let me start off by saying these units are incredible. They contain book suggestions, grammar, hands on fun, anchor charts, and step by step instructions. My boys have loved each and everyone of the writing units we've done so far, and this one was no different. Amy and Hope have put so much thought and creativity into each unit I seriously recommend you check out both their blogs and TPT stores.

We read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as our mentor text. We talked about story elements (character, setting, problem, solution, and events). We also talked about what a fairy tale is and the things it contains ( magic, talking animals, pattern of 7 and 3). Once they understood all that we started brainstorming ideas for their own stories. We created an anchor chart to gather all our initial ideas and they transferred it over to their worksheet.

The next day we took all our ideas we brainstormed and wrote the beginning, middle, and end of their stories.

They worked on an exercise to help them learn transition words in a story. 

They also created this fun mirror craft. They loved this challenge they had to break the evil queens
spell and put all the sentences and transition words back in order. If you make anything into a challenge
my boys are all in. 

taking their ideas and writing complete sentences and using transition words. We 
also worked on writing a good hook to capture the readers attention. 

This was my favorite activity. Getting rid of the choppy and boring sentences using conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. They pull out a conjunction/subordinating conjunction and try to rewrite one of their boring sentences. 

We also replaced "said" with more of a vivid verb. 


Even though the file does come with a really nice craft and writing paper template to publish the final work. I thought it would be nice if they made their own story books. We used water color paper and stained it using tea bags. 

I burned the ends of the paper to make it look old (the boys didn't help with this part). They picked out their characters (we just searched for clipart online).

Coloring his story characters. 

Finished Books

Extra (not part of the unit):

I also had the boys read and listen to a lot of different fairy tales. After reading one they worked on these fairy tale pennants. 

We hung them up in our school room. They look so adorable!

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