You are here

Text Structures From Fairy Tales
Share

Text Structures From Fairy Tales
Truisms That Help Students Write About Abstract Concepts . . . and Live Happily Ever After, Grades 4-12

  • Gretchen Bernabei - Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy (San Antonio, TX), Educator, San Antonio, TX
  • Judi Reimer - Educator, San Antonio, TX

Other Titles in:
Literacy | Literacy, K-12

January 2019 | 256 pages | Corwin

Standardized tests and college essay prompts demand that students produce quality analytical writing about abstract concepts. But how do you actually teach this kind of writing? Award-winning authors Gretchen Bernabei and Judi Reimer make it easy and fun. This book includes 35 engaging lessons that give students just the focused practice they need to craft effective, analytical writing for any situation. 

Centered on classic fairy tales and designed for students of all ages, each lesson includes a writing prompt accompanied by a planning framework. Students write a truism, select or create a text structure, and write a kernel essay that serves as scaffolding for a detailed rhetorical piece. With practice, students move from depending on teacher guidance to becoming autonomous analytical writers. 

  • The teacher-friendly layout and built-in flexibility of the book empower you to 
  • Use each fairy tale lesson for reading, for writing, or for both 
  • Cluster lessons around a particular literacy concept or use each as a standalone lesson 
  • Pair fairy tales thematically with other readings 
  • Customize the text structure options to meet the needs of your individual students 
  • Encourage students to create their own text structures 
  • Teach students simple ways to expand their ideas into detailed, rich essays 
  • Additional ideas for how to use the lessons, a complete collection of text structures, craft lessons on revision, and a list of conversation strategies are also included.

Put Text Structures From Fairy Tales to work in your classroom and soon your students will be writing happily ever after. 

 
 
Dedication
 
Introduction
 
Lessons: Student Planning Pages with Fairy Tale Texts
 
Structure for Writing About Life Themes
1. Beauty and the Beast  
2. The Bremen Town Musicians  
3. Cinderella  
4. Diamonds and Toads  
5. The Elves and the Shoemaker  
 
Structures for Explaining a Concept
6. The Emperor's New Clothes  
7. The Fisherman and His Wife  
8. The Frog Prince  
9. The Gingerbread Boy  
10. The Golden Goose  
 
Structures for Character Analysis
11. Hansel and Gretel  
12. Henny Penny  
13. Jack and the Beanstalk  
14. The Little Red Hen  
15. Little Red Riding Hood  
 
Structures for Analyzing a Theme in Literature
16. The Nightingale  
17. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes  
18. The Princess and the pea  
19. Puss in Boots  
20. Rapunzel  
 
Structures for Commentary About Plot
21. Rumpelstiltskin  
22. The Sleeping Beauty  
23. Snow White  
24. Snow White and Rose Red  
25. The Three Bears  
 
Structures for Making an Argument
26. The Three Billy Goats Gruff  
27. The Three Little Pigs  
28. The Three Sillies  
29. Thumbelina  
30. The Tinderbox  
 
Structures for Content-Area Writing
31. Tom Thumb  
32. The Twelve Dancing Princesses  
33. The Ugly Duckling  
34. The Wild Swans  
35. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids  
 
Appendix
i. Complete Text Structures Collections  
ii. 25 More Things to do With These Lessons  
iii. Blank Student Planning Page for Black Line Master  
iv. Text Chunkyard  
v. Get Student Writers Talking: Conversation Strategies  
vi. Steps for the Truism Braid Essay  
vii. Reader Rubric with Words and Faces  
viii. Intensity Scale  
ix. What's Better... This? Or That?  
x. Ms. Kern's Final Exam Project and Timetable  
xi. Craft Lessons for Revision  
a. Truisms  
b. Adding Details  
c. Sparkling Sentences  
d. 11-Minute Essays  
e. Ba-da-bing!  
f. Writer's Toolbox with Dead Giveaways  
g. Writing Book Reports  

Preview this book

Purchasing options

Volume Discounts Available

contact corwin

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781544361154