Language Arts Update

Fairy Tale Unit

What will students learn in this unit?

  • Students will create individual audio books narrated by them.

  • Students will be able to use story maps as a tool to organize and structure ideas and story elements to create a story.

  • Students will be able to research, gather notes, and summarize a story to show comprehension and comparison to the story they will create.

  • Students will be able to edit effectively and thoroughly.


There will be 5 different choices of fairy tales. Each fairy tale will be written on a slip of paper 5 times and placed into a bin. Students will blindly pick a fairy tale out of the bin. They will be grouped based on their picks.

Fairytale choices:

    • Cinderella

    • The Three Little Pigs

    • Goldilocks and The Three Bears

    • Snow White

    • Little Red Riding Hood

Students will be supplied with multiple copies of their fairy tale. They will read at least 3 copies of their fairy tale. The goal is for students to become experts on their fairy tales. They will be able to identify the main character(s), plot, setting, conflict and resolution.


Students will write a summary of the fairy tale they study that will later be used to compare to the original fairy tales they create.

We will focus on creating settings that help tell our story. Students will use "story mountains" to develop conflict and resolution for their characters followed by writing "powerful endings".

Students will continue their previous practice of self and peer editing in this unit.

What can we do at home?

Kids are becoming powerful story tellers and their favorite audience is you, their family! Encourage your child to tell stories on the way home from school, on the way to soccer practice and at the dinner table. When your child is telling you about a problem, prompt them to identify the conflict and resolution. Incorporate audio books into your daily commute and night-time routines. The more practice students have listening to audio books and hearing the inflection the reader uses to help illustrate the story, the more successful they will be in their own delivery of their stories when they create their own audio books.