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Ministry of Education.

Learning task 1: Set up a display

Examples of fairy tales

  1. Gather a selection of traditional and less familiar fairy tales that the children can freely access.
  2. Encourage the children to read these fairy tales during personal reading time, for home reading and also to share these stories with peers during sharing times.
  3. Fairy Tales are stories that tell of miraculous and fantastic happenings. The main character in fairy tales are often supernatural and can do all sorts of extraordinary things. These beings could be creatures such as fairies, goblins, brownies, pixies, elves, giants, trolls, leprechauns, witches and wizards. Fairies appear in both fairy tales (in an imaginary world) and in legends (in the real world).

    The German brothers Jakob and Wilhem Grimm collected and wrote down many fairy tales. They said fairy tales were the remains of ancient myths and should be set down and studied.

    The Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen wrote many books of fairy stories, such as 'The Ugly Duckling'. The Italian author, Carlo Collodi wrote 'Pinocchio' and the French author Charles Perrault wrote many famous fairy tales like the famous 'Cinderella', still a well-loved fairy tale today.

    (From Hathorn J and L. 1991, Help for Young Writers, P37)

    Display examples of narrative text with different features labelled.

  4. Make time each day to read a selection of fairy tales.
    • Take the opportunity to discuss the structure, language and ideas contained in the stories.
    • Lead discussion to focus on the similarities and differences in the narratives being read.
    • Choose a variety of fairy tales in order to increase the children's awareness of narrative text.

Published on: 06 Apr 2009