Fairy Tales: Role Playing A Fairy Tale
1 day lesson
(This lesson could be done with any fairy tale, encourages students to engage with literature and take ownership over classroom material.)
-What constitutes a fairy tale?
- How do we identify each fairy tale element?
- What are some ways to role play a fairy tale?
- How do we work in groups effectively?
Demonstrate Understanding by…
-Students will be able to identify elements of the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, and therefore as in the genre of fairy tales.
-Students will role play the characters of the story and engage with literature.
-Students will effectively work in groups.
-Students will be able to identify the country of origin of fairy tale and label it on their map.
-Listen carefully to fairy tales to identify when their dialogue will come in.
-Student will reenact story through multiples venues, orally, dramatically, and kinesthetically.
-Optional props could be used for the role play (hat for jack, a plant as a beanstalk, a bean etc.)
-Slips of paper with dialogue written on them (must prepare in advance, and make sure there is enough for each student)
- Begin discussion by asking students to think of a time when they felt that a task was really hard to do. When was a time when you thought someone a lot bigger than you, intimidated you?
- Explain the goals of the lesson today, (Engage with literature, read and identify elements of fairy tale, work in groups, listen carefully)
- Pass out slips of paper with dialogue written on them to each student.
- Remind students that fairy tales were once oral traditions. Teacher will read the narration and students must listen carefully to see where their dialogue might fit in.
- Teacher orally reads as students chime in. If student is incorrect , teacher should guide the students to use context clues and plot details of the story they have heard thus far.
- When finished, discuss, how did the context clues help you? How is reading a book on paper and then reading it orally as a class different?
- Then introduce the act of role playing. “We will now enact the story in a different way, through role playing”.
- Now, students can volunteer for parts, and teacher will read the whole story orally as student mime the parts. The props will be used here.
- Assessment: Students will fill out “What’s in a Fairy Tale Anyways?” slip to identify fairy tale elements.
- Differentiation Ideas: Students who are interested can role play other stories during Readers Workshop and present to class at a later time. For students willing to extend the lesson further, they can write a script, or research other version of Jack and the Beanstalk (i.e. Kate and Beanstalk), and perhaps do a role play. For student who may find the dialogue challenging, they will be given a copy of the book to follow along with, or teacher may preselect dialogue and teacher can clue the student as to when the dialogue comes in. This would encourage participation and still allow student to practice oral skills.