Elements of a Fairy Tale

By: Erin McDevitt

Grade Level/ Length of Lesson:

2nd Grade/ ELA

5 Days

This lesson will focus on identifying the elements of a fairy tale and will prepare students for creating one of their own.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.


Students will know:

  • The elements of a fairy tale.
  • The central message of a text.

Students will be able to identify:

  • Who the characters of a fairy tale are.
  • What the problem and solution are in a fairy tale.
  • Where the story is taking place (setting).

Students will be able to present their understanding of the elements of a fairy tale through a collaborative presentation(prezi).

Student Understandings:

Students will understand that literature has certain elements that reflect its genre. Students will understand that recognizing these elements are important for their understanding of the text. Students will understand the central message of the story through the analysis of these elements.

Essential Questions:

What similarities do you notice among the fairy tales?

How do the elements of a fairy tale connect to the central message?

Why are the problem and solution key elements of a fairy tale?

Learning Objectives:

I can identify the elements of a fairy tale.

I can determine the central message of a fairy tale.

I can identify the problem and solution of a fairy tale.

I can use technology as a tool to present information.


Fairy Tale books (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast)

Chrome Books

Prezi Account- http://prezi.com

Fairy Tale Anchor Chart


Graphic Organizer

Performance Task:

Students will work collaboratively, with assigned peers, to identify the elements of a given fairy tale. Students will utilize an anchor chart, graphic organizer, text, and their Chromebooks to create a Prezi presentation that reflects their understanding of the elements for their given fairy tale. The students will use a rubric to self-assess, and to check if they have met the criteria for each area. At the conclusion of the unit, students will show their Prezi presentations to the class.

Learning Activities:

Day 5: Presentation

Teacher will facilitate as students give their Prezi presentations. The presentations should include each of the elements discussed(character,setting,solution,problem, magic, and royalty), as well as answers to the essential questions. At the conclusion of the presentations, students and teacher will discuss the essential questions.


Teacher will discuss essential questions with class, and will add the elements of each fairy tale to the anchor chart. Students will observe the similarities and differences among the fairy tales. Students will be assessed using the rubric and their answers to the essential questions(exit card).