A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a complication and resolution for a fairy tale.
Ask the students to sit in a circle with the character and setting illustrations they have drawn in the previous lessons. Invite the students to share their characters and settings with the class. Encourage the class to suggest what might go wrong (the complication) for each character if they were placed into a fairy tale. Prompt the students where necessary by asking guiding questions:
Revise the purpose of the orientation, the complication and the resolution within narrative structure (see slide 8). Encourage the students to start thinking about a beginning, middle and ending for their fairy tale.
Provide the students with a copy of the Story Map Template. Explain that they are now going to plan their very own fairy tale, using the character and setting they have created. They must also decide what problem their fairy tale character is going to face in their story, as well as how they are going to solve the problem.
Before the students begin planning their fairy tales on the template, ask them to shade the characters and setting boxes in blue, the problem box in red and the solution box in green. This will help them to establish the orientation, complication and resolution of their fairy tale.
Monitor and support the students as they complete their fairy tale plans. Be sure to provide support for those students who may be struggling for ideas, guiding them towards some of the complications discussed during the tuning in activity.
Check on how the students are progressing with their planning. Depending on the time limit set for writing, the students may need another lesson to complete their planning.
Encourage more capable writers to include two main characters in their fairy tale, or for their story to take place over more than one setting.
Allow students who find writing challenging to verbally plan their fairy tale with the support of an adult scribe.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities
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