Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Examining Text Structure of Fairy Tales

We have begun our study of Traditional Literature, and we started with Fairy Tales. We start by reading the original (which the kids have discovered as rather dark) and then chart common themes and things we find occurring in the stories -

So far we have:

Begin with "Once upon..."
End happily
there is a prince/prince Charming
there are maidens in distress
a character is greedy
a deal is made
there is a lie involved
there are strong women characters
there is repeating words/chant
good vs. evil
there is a trick involved

They have done this with only three stories - I think that is awesome. They are clueing into what the text structure is and what patterns they find.

Why is that important? Because it aids comprehension!

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