What does Anna see under the sea as she rides on the back of the dolphin? What kind of dangers might they face and they journey through the water? They will be asked to write a detailed description of such an underwater setting using their five senses. This is another important component of narrative writing that my students need practice in.
The two lazy brothers put no effort into their undertakings, thinking that anything will do for their father while Noodle, the youngest son, takes his mission very seriously and with the aid of a kind but somewhat intimidating toad succeeds in his quest to bring his father the finest carpet, the most beautiful ring and the loveliest woman. It is the toad itself that magically turns into a beautiful princess because Noodle, with his courage and bravery, has broken the spell of an evil witch.
This story can quite easily be retold in play form and through Readers Theatre students can retell this story. Section V -- Writing a Fairy Tale My students will be ready to try their hand at writing their own fairy tales after being immersed in this genre for many weeks. The chart depicting the elements of each fairy tale read will be a valuable resource as they begin to plan their stories.
I will remind them that they are to follow narrative format and write a story with a beginning, middle and end. A very simple process for writing a traditional tale will be to begin with a graphic organizer with space to write the names of two characters, a setting and a problem. I will remind them to include a touch of magic in their tales. A second type of writing lesson would be to have students write fractured fairy tales. Students could work in pairs, taking notes on the elements of traditional fairy tales and then mixing the elements of these stories together.
Through experimentation students could come up with some highly original tales to share with the class. Again, since our emphasis in third grade is on writing narrative stories, the students will be asked to write their fractured fairy tales in narrative format, following the Empowering Writers diamond which includes: a dazzling beginning, a description of setting, creating suspense, a main event and an extended ending. Lesson Plan III will provide a more detailed description of this type of lesson.
Lesson Plan I Objectives: To create a fully elaborated main event for a narrative. Procedure: 1. Tell the class they will be writing about an adventure they had while taking a magic carpet ride. As a whole group have students offer their ideas as you chart them. Tell the students you will be modeling the writing of a main event with their help. Keep this writing on display. As students prepare to write their own versions, provide them with a chart of the following questions: How did you feel as you were lifted into the sky?
What did you hold on to? How did the carpet move? Where was it heading? Were you up very high?
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What did you see above and below? Did you exclaim anything as you rode along? Did anyone notice you? What were some of the interesting sights and sounds? As students write, circulate among them and offer them the opportunity to share portions of their story with the class. Also, have them read their first drafts to a partner who can offer their response and suggestions. After reading Frog Princess go back to reread the sections of the story describing the fabric woven by the princesses.
Pass around samples of fabric of different sorts to help students appreciate the wide variety than can be found. Using large chart paper, create a web with outreaching lines that divide the paper into many sections. Write questions above each section such as: What is the texture of the cloth? What colors are in it? What is it decorated with? How heavy is it? What is the fabric made of? What could be made out of it? Is it similar to any fabric you have seen before? Is it delicate for durable? Have students work in small groups, each using a different kind of fabric.
Have them turn their ideas into complete sentences using such sentence starters as: The fabulous fabric had It was the color of I stared at It was decorated with I loved the Around the edges were It seemed to be made of Tell the students that they will now imagine that they have been asked to weave the most incredible fabric for the king. They will be painting a picture with words and are to use the charts on display to help them write a description with lots of elaboration. Students write their descriptions and then draw a picture that matches their written description.
Lesson Plan III Objective: To mix the elements of traditional fairy tales to create fractured fairy tale versions following the narrative format. Ask the class the tell you what their favorite fairy tale is and list them on chart paper. For each tale, chart its main elements on large chart paper one after another. The emphasis will be on writing narrative stories so the plays will simply serve to give students ideas of how they can mix up events, character traits, settings, etc.
Provide each student with a graphic organizer that lists the following fairy tale elements: characters heroes and villains , setting, magic, tasks to perform and rewards. Students are to use this to organize their fractured fairy tale. Tell them that with a partner they are to mix the elements of two tales or change the circumstances of the tale to create a unique tale of their own. Circulate among the students as they write, offering encouragement and suggestions. Follow the writers workshop format, holding conferences to help students move from their first drafts to their final drafts.
New York: Scholastic Inc. Barchers, Suzanne I. Englewood, Colorado: Teacher Ideas Press, This book includes 40 Readers Theatre scripts based on folktales from around the world. Suggestions for presentation, props and delivery are also given. Bettelheim, Bruno.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Boyles, Nancy S. An excellent teacher resource that includes a system of scaffolds using Answer Organizers and Frames to assist students in writing short and more detailed answers to open-ended comprehension questions that are text-based. Carlile, Vowery Dodd. A series of ten popular fairy tales are used to teach critical thinking skills to children. Dockray, Tracy Arah illus. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, This book contains tales first collected by the Brothers Grimm. I also need to know more about the mysterious power that no one will talk about Really glad I read this again and I know I will in the future too.
Original Review: If you love fairy tales, adventure, whimsy, emotionally complex characters, and imaginative world building, you have to read Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel! You must know by now that I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings. That alone drew me to Grounded, along with the adorable, vibrant cover. But when I read that Megan Morrison had been developing the land of Tyme for over 10 years, co-founded a Harry Potter fanfic site back in , and had a fantastic blurb from Leaky Cauldron founder Melissa Anelli my curiosity was at an all time high. If Melissa believed that Grounded was as imaginative and charming and all-encompassing as Harry Potter, it had to be… right?
I am so happy to say that it IS! Grounded is also incredibly well written, funny, and exciting. She has only known her perfect, magical life in the tower and everything that Witch has ever told her. When a thief named Jack appears at her tower claiming that her life is a lie, Rapunzel is furious but it sets off a chain reaction that kick starts her adventure.
Watching Rapunzel change and experience the world is fascinating. She is suspicious and naive but Jack reluctantly teaches her on their quest and Rapunzel learns how to be a friend to others, and how to trust her own instincts as well as other people. She wrestles with weighty ideas such as morality and love and grief, all in age appropriate but thoughtful ways. They both have courage and charisma to spare. Grounded is a funny book with charming locales and characters.
She is often blunt to the point of being rude, but incredibly full of life and love. There are princes and towers and fairies and secrets and lost loves. There is a lot of action and traversing the country. The Ubiquitous store seems right out of Diagon Alley. The world feels BIG but you never feel lost in it as a reader. I wanted to explore it all, learn more about the Hundred Year Day, the different realms, the magic and history of Tyme.
I bought a finished copy immediately after returning my library book Jun 26, Mary Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , fairy-tale , , characters. This book is fabulously well-written. The author spent 10 years building this alternative fairy tale world and all her work shows. I just finished an adult Rapunzel story Bitter Greens which has a cornerstone kernel of truth in the historical character of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, who wrote the original story of Rapunzel in the 's.
I gave Megan Morrison a silent standing ovation when she gave a nod to this bit of historical truth by having Rapunzel's grandmother call her Charl This book is fabulously well-written. I gave Megan Morrison a silent standing ovation when she gave a nod to this bit of historical truth by having Rapunzel's grandmother call her Charlotte -- telling Rapunzel that this is what her mother would have named her if she hadn't had to give her up. I'm thinking there will be a blog post about this book next week Synopsis- Rapunzel lived in a tower, and she had everything she wanted. Witch gave it to her.
Witch loved her. And Rapunzel was happy. Even weirder, they met… Yesterday. But how is that possible? Rapunzel would have remembered. Yet somehow, he has her handkerchief. Could what he say be… true? Then, he steals a rose and runs off. What choice does Rapunzel have? She follows him. And thus begins the Synopsis- Rapunzel lived in a tower, and she had everything she wanted. And thus begins the adventure of a lifetime.
What I Thought- This was a great book. I like how it explains that Rapunzel has no hard feelings towards the Witch — after all, Witch did raise her. Morrison has written a wonderful book about so much more than the Rapunzel story. The story is full of adventure, and a slightly wacky world. The story is filled with humor, the right amount of tension and a plot line that keeps the reader interested. I found it funny how all of the countries were named, based on colors — nice detail. Rapunzel is a great character, kind of single-minded and gullible, but that is explainable she was raised in a tower afterall.
Things like that. I'm giving this book five perfect stars for changing my perspective about Rapunzel's situation. You see.. I love Rapunzel, as evidenced by my never-changing profile picture. She has a special place in my fiction world, so please understand if I'm a bit overprotective of her. I love that. I love how fiction found a little space for realism I'm giving this book five perfect stars for changing my perspective about Rapunzel's situation. I love how fiction found a little space for realism. I mean, let's be real.. You can't unlove a person in just one click.
It's kind of the same as with the fact that you can't marry a man you just met Thank you, Elsa. Yes, this book makes you want to strangle Rapunzel with her own hair because of her almost-unwavering loyalty to the witch, but it also makes you think outside the box. Seriously, what you really do if one day they told you that a person you valued your entire life is a bad person? Anyway, I also love how Jack was present in almost all of the scenes.
I think it makes sense that they're paired up. I enjoyed reading about Rapunzel's mishaps and victories! I love it! Sep 11, Elaney rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , fairy-tale-retellings , read-in Possible review to come. Maybe, probably not really. Jan 25, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: series , witches-wizards , thieves-assassins-hackers , read , childrens-middle-grade-fiction , on-shelf , ooooh-pretty , release-date , fantasy , fairytales.
A lovely, unique take on Rapunzel plus Jack and the Beanstalk technically. If you enjoy adventure stories and fairy tale retellings, check this out. A few spoiler-ish rambles I was waiting for Rapunzel's memory to go and the Princes to save the day and Rapunzel to somehow get her memory back but this was much better! It sums up a very complicated relationship between Rapunzel and Witch, and the very complicated character of Witch. This definitely made me like Jack more. Not that I didn't like him or anything, but it's the only thing that stuck out about him for me.
Apr 26, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , middle-grade , adventure. A delightful alternative retelling of Rapunzel! I brought the book home to peruse, never intending to actually read it, but was instantly captivated.
Morrison builds a fantasy world that is described in a way you can easily picture the setting without being bogged down in details. We are whisked away on an adventure as Rapunzel transforms from a rather annoyingly naive prisoner to a courageous, quick-thinking, kind-hearted girl. No rescues from Prince Charming needed, this gal is strong enough t A delightful alternative retelling of Rapunzel! No rescues from Prince Charming needed, this gal is strong enough to take charge of her own future! Due to the length I'd recommend for 4th-6th grade readers, but the content is clean enough that younger readers who aren't intimidated by length would also be a great audience.
This would be a great audiobook for the whole family hello, summer road trips. I look forward to reading Morrison's next Tyme novels. Jan 22, Christine Hayes rated it it was amazing. Her main character is drawn with depth and complexity. It was satisfying to see that while Rapunzel changed and grew as a person during her adventures, some of her core qualities were established early on and consistently displayed throughout. Love is a central theme in the book, but it is never portrayed as easy or simple. Looking forward to the next installment!
Nov 29, Kathy MacMillan rated it it was amazing. If you think you know Rapunzel, think again. This Rapunzel is perfectly happy in her tower, thank you very much, where her Witch takes care of all her needs and none of those bothersome princes can hurt her. But when Jack of beanstalk fame climbs in through the window, Rapunzel sets off on a quest to save her beloved Witch, and learns more about the world than she expected.
Morrison takes us on a journey alongside her, introducing us to the mystical, magical land of Tyme and its inhabitants - If you think you know Rapunzel, think again. Morrison takes us on a journey alongside her, introducing us to the mystical, magical land of Tyme and its inhabitants - familiar faces from fairy tales, but more real and complex than you ever imagined.
Nov 28, Jennifer Bertman rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade , emla. I absolutely loved this book. Clever, funny, fast-paced, gorgeous writing, details and descriptions that drop you in this fantasy world, memorable characters--I can't think of anything that was lacking. The characters would arrive at a destination or overcome a challenge and I'd wonder, "Oh, is it going to get boring now?
Turn the page and there's another challenge for the characters to face, or a mysterious new character. Highly recommend. Buddy-read with the awesomesauce Anne Oct 28, Penny Whitmore rated it it was amazing. This book was so-o good! The main characters are Rapunzel, Jack, and Witch. It starts of with Rapunzel in her tower one night she's just relaxing as normal until, she hears a strange noise. At first she thinks its just her witch coming to visit her before bed, but it turns out to be a strange boy.
Rapunzel's only knowledge of the outside world is what her witch has told her and the books her witch had written for her. In Rapunzel's life these are facts: 1. All boys are princes 2. They This book was so-o good! They all are handsome and tall 3. She is beautiful and all Princes will be struck by her beauty 4. Witch can do no wrong Once the boy comes into view Rapunzel expects him to fall at her feet in love and admiration, but instead he greets her in a normal manner. Rapunzel not knowing that this was possible, is ready to turn on him when he then tells her that Witch the only mother she has ever known is evil.
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This leads Rapunzel on a journey with Jack to find The Wood Mother, who will show Rapunzel everything she needs to know. This is an engrossing story that will keep you hooked the whole time. So come into the land of Tyme where everything is magical.
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