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Ministry of Education.

Fairy Tales






4 2 3 weeks


Achievement Objective Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Poetic Writing  Write a narrative for publication in a class book of fairy tales, shaping ideas, reworking and editing texts.


 Exploring Language  Identify the common conventions and text organisation of narrative writing in the context of traditional fairy tales.

Supporting Achievement Objective

Learning Outcomes

 Interpersonal Speaking and Listening  Listen and respond to their own and other students' writing. Listen and respond to a variety of traditional narrative writing.
 Close Reading  Read and respond to the language and meaning contained in narrative writing.


Teacher Background Reading


Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Learning task 1

Learning task 2

Learning task 3

In this unit students will undertake the following:

  • Read and retell
  • Discuss and analyse
  • Write and display


  • Make up sequencing cards for a fairy tale of their choice or the one they have written. Other children can sequence them.
  • Rewrite a well known fairy tale in their own words.
  • Create a new ending to a well-known fairy tale.
  • Make up a character_portrait (RTF 4KB) of one of the main characters in a fairy tale.

     This is an activity to get children to focus in on one particular character, or to make a comparison between two different characters. It can also be used to look at a character before and after an event has occurred.

     Looking specifically at a character can help the children infer ideas from a text, and also helps them to understand how or why a particular character says something or acts in a certain way. It sometimes requires 'reading between the lines'.

     You can do this activity in a variety of ways. You can get the children to draw the character and put the facts about the character around the outside. The children could draw a chart listing the features of a character. A comparison chart could be made, listing the similarities and differences between two characters. It may be appropriate to have before and after views of a particular character.

  • Write a letter to one of the characters in a fairy tale asking them some questions about what they did and why?
  • Design a wanted poster for one of the bad characters in a fairy tale.
  • Write a book of the best descriptions from the fairy tales read in class and by individuals. This can be contributed to during the fairy tale unit.
  • Create a story map.
  • Retell a fairy tale to a small group or the class.
  • Focus on a particular aspect of the structure eg. plot, setting, characters.
  • Write an interview for one of the characters of a fairy tale.
  • Create a puppet show of a fairy tale.
  • Write a newspaper report of the events of a fairy tale eg. "Big Bad Wolf Escapes from Granny's Cottage".
  • Design a new dust jacket for a fairy tale.

Links for Students

Collaborative online projects:


  • Introduce and share key indicators for writing.
  • Collect narrative planning sheets for interim assessment.
  • Collect finished narrative writing. Assess according to the key indicators.

self_assessment (RTF 20KB)
assessment (RTF 11KB)


 School journals, National library, School library books, Teacher resource, Student resource, Videos.


Published on: 06 Apr 2009