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Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School Level)
Overview and Purpose : Many children are familiar with American fairytales, but this lesson challenges students to read ones from other countries. Students are asked to read three fairytales from another country and then share one of them with the class.
Objective: The student will be able to summarize three fairytales from other countries and share one of them with the class.
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Have your students brainstorm a list of as many American fairytales as they can (i.e. Hansel and Gretal, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Sleeping Beauty). Explain that they are going to each research, read, and summarize three fairy tales from different countries. The summary should include the title, author, country of origin, main characters, and basic plot. Each student should then pick one of their three to read to the class. (You might want to approve which one is shared with the class, so you do not have duplicates.)
More advanced students can be challenged to compare similarities and differences of fairytales from three different countries.