7 February 2014

The Fairy Tale Re-Mix

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As much as creativity is necessary in learning, it is not realistic to expect learners, who have never had the opportunity to think for themselves, let alone be creative in the classroom, to produce creative work from one day to another.  Asking students to write creatively takes time. 

Fractured Fairy Tales (by ReadWriteThink) offers the well needed scaffolding to help in the creative process.

The three fairy tales which you can see on the left, are well known to many around the world and have become part of childhood references.

Working individually or in pairs, learners begin by choosing the fairy tale they want to re-write.

 After choosing, they can read an example of a "fractured" fairy before developing their own.

To help students, there are questions which lead them to think about the characters, the setting, whose point of view is going to be given as well as the plot. 

When students have completed their new twist of the fairy tale they have chosen, all they need to do is print, and by sticking their stories up around the classroom walls, it can be read by all. 

It's really simple to use this in lessons and doesn't require that students have their own blogs - they can share either by printing and sharing, or, if the class uses a LMS like Edmodo, they can then upload their work to their group. 

If students have easy access to digital devices, from writing out their new fairy tale, they could then create a short movie with the many apps/tools freely available. 

If students happen to be using iPads, another writing task that is simple to introduce in classes is writing a post-card with PhotoCard.

 PhotoCard is free and you can upload your own image to the card, write a short paragraph, add a stamp and even some stickers. By addressing it to the whole class, students can then share their card (again) in a LMS like Edmodo or in their blogs.  For language learners, writing a paragraph about their weekend or last holiday is often a boring routine; creating a postcard and addressing it to the whole class, adds novelty and encourages them to focuses more on their writing as it will be shared - and not just read by the teacher. 

Writing and creativity in the classroom don't always come easily.

By offering different media and opportunities to tell stories, even the most reluctant writers will be encouraged to let their imagination come alive.

What other ways do you foster creative writing in your classrooms?

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Nichole Pinkard from New Learning Institute on Vimeo.

Further Suggestions on Writing

Writing Skills, Diaries and Timelines

Writing Skills and Patterns

Release Your Inhibitions - Writing Resources

From Me to You - Collaborative Writing

And from Susan Stephenson


  1. Ana, I hope you don't mind me commenting, but wanted to let you know I have some more fairy tale resources, including writing activities, on my blog and website that you can link to here: http://www.thebookchook.com/2013/02/fractured-fairy-tales.html

  2. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for sharing link with Fairy Tale resources! :-)