Explain to the students that they are going to create their very own fairy tale character.
As a class, browse through the 25 Fairy Tale Character Posters. Encourage the students to identify whether each character is a human, an animal or an imaginary creature. Choose a sample of characters to examine in more detail. Ask the students:
How could you describe this character’s appearance?
What personality could this character have? Why do you think this?
What could happen to this character in a story?
Choose one character from the sample and attach the poster to the board. As in the previous lesson, record the students’ ideas about the chosen character’s appearance, personality and feelings around the poster. Use different colored markers to reflect the different aspects of the character e.g. blue for appearance, green for personality and red for feelings.
Ask the students to think of a human, an animal or an imaginary being that they could write a fairy tale about. Where possible, encourage the students to think of examples of characters not provided in the posters.
Allow the students time to draw and color a large picture of their chosen character in their workbooks. Using the example on the board as a scaffold, encourage the students to list key words describing their character’s appearance, personality and feelings around their drawing.
Once the students have finished, gather together as a class. Allow any students that feel comfortable to share their fairy tale character with the rest of the class.
Encourage more capable students to create a character that is not included in the poster pack of examples.
Allow less confident students to base their character on one of the examples from the poster pack.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities