Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is the second in a four-part series discussing different forms of storytelling:
Part 1: Folklore
Part 2: Fairy Tales: A Comparison
Part 3: Fairy Tales & Nature
Part 4: Fables and Parables
Target Vocabulary: castle, character, compare, conflict, contrast, enchanted, fairy tale, fantasy, fiction, forest, happily ever after, hero, imagination, king, kingdom, knight, magical, make-believe, once upon a time, prince/princess, queen, setting, spell, story, traits, villain, wicked
Key Elements of a Fairy Tale:
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction ~ Explain that fairy tales are fantasy/make-believe stories, which makes them fiction. Discuss a common fairy tale theme (such as castles) to distinguish between fiction and non-fiction. For instance, a book about Cinderella (fiction) and a book about historical castles (non-fiction). Discuss ways in which both types of castles are similar and different to show how a theme can be represented in both ~ fiction and non-fiction.
Comparing Different Versions of the Same Story ~ Comparing two opposing versions of a story allows children to compare different points of view. The best approach is to use a traditional version of a fairy tale and compare it to a different or non-traditional version. Read the traditional version first. Then ask some questions to assess their understanding of key storytelling terms and structure. Then read the different/non-traditional version of the story to compare the two. Discuss similarities and differences between the two. Ask which version they liked best.
These are Fairy Tale comparisons we’ve enjoyed to date:
Fairy Tales Around The World ~ Many different countries share similar fairy tales. For this lesson, present different versions of popular fairy tales as they are known in different countries. For instance, Lon Po Po (A Red Riding Hood story from China) or one of the many versions of Cinderella (an Irish Cinderella, a Middle Eastern Cinderella, a story of Cinderella from Greece, etc.) This is a great way to blend geography, history and storytelling.
Other Fairy Tale Comparison Themes:
Hidden Forest Series ~ Author Alma Flor Ada has a three book series about various story book characters all living in Hidden Forest that works well with a comparative lesson. The series features interactions between the characters, as well as letters and invitations exchanged among them. It’s a great series to offer a different perspective on the lives of these well-known characters: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Peter Rabbit and Little Red Hen. The series titles in order: 1) Dear Peter Rabbit, 2) Yours Truly, Goldilocks and 3) With Love, Little Red Hen. We really enjoyed it!