Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fairy Tale Journal

Fairy Tale Journals
1.              Each journal entry should be about 200-250 words in length.
2.              Write a fairy tale based off of another fairy tale.
3.              Blog posts are worth 10 points each.
4.              Artwork that represents/interprets each story assigned. (Not all stories will have to have an artistic interpretation.
5.              The cover to your journal should be decorated. The first page of your journal should contain your name and a table of contents.
6.              Research summaries of assigned articles/websites etc.
7.              Homework assignments, both graded and ungraded should be included.
8.              Comparison/contrast paper on Little Red Riding Hood-due 9/29
Characterization is the hallmark of good fiction.  There are eight basic ways in which characters are revealed to readers:
    through their names
    their physical appearances
    their personal histories
    the things they say
    the things others say about them
    the ways they act in response to specific situations
    the ways they act habitually
and their thoughts

Some ideas about how to write your own fairy tale:
Change the main character
Have the story take place somewhere else
Have the story take place in another time
Tell the story form a different character’s point of view
Make the problem of the story different
Change an important item in the story
You can even change the end of the story. Maybe they don’t live happily every after-- after all!

Some ideas for your comparison/contrast paper on Little Red Riding Hood
1.Purpose and Supporting Details: The paper compares and contrasts items clearly. The paper points to specific examples to illustrate the comparison. The paper includes only the information relevant to the comparison.
2. Organization and Structure: The paper breaks the information into whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-by-point structure. It follows a consistent order when discussing the comparison.
3. Transitions: The paper moves smoothly from one idea to the next. The paper uses comparison and contrast transition words to show relationships between ideas. The paper uses a variety of sentence structures and transitions.
4. Conclusion: States a thoughtful or logical conclusion based on similarities and differences.

Gretel in Darkness

This is the world we wanted.
All who would have seen us dead
are dead. I hear the witch’s cry
break in the moonlight through a sheet
of sugar: God rewards.
Her tongue shrivels into gas. . . .

             Now, far from women’s arms
and memory of women, in our father’s hut
we sleep, are never hungry.
Why do I not forget?
My father bars the door, bars harm
from this house, and it is years.

No one remembers. Even you, my brother,
summer afternoons you look at me as though
you meant to leave,
as though it never happened.
But I killed for you. I see armed firs,
the spires of that gleaming kiln—

Nights I turn to you to hold me
but you are not there.
Am I alone? Spies
hiss in the stillness, Hansel,
we are there still and it is real, real,
that black forest and the fire in earnest.

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