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How to write a fractured fairy tale
2014
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Gr 3-5-These books provide step-by-step instructions for various types of writing. Each one defines the topic, offers suggestions on how to begin thinking about the writing task, suggests several activities with simple charts to help organize thoughts, and includes a sample of a final product. For example, Fractured Fairy Tale provides an organizer that has children list the name of the original tale with the names of the characters, plot, settings, problem, and conclusion, and then make a chart for their story showing the changes in these elements. The next step of writing the tale will come easily once the organizer is completed. Lab Report discusses the components of the scientific method (make an observation, ask a question, form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, and accept or reject the hypothesis). Memoir suggests first making a list of favorite memories. The photos include a diverse representation of children (some seem too young for the writing task) but do not add much to the presentations; the activities, clearly written texts, and charts are the stars of these books. Classroom and special-education teachers will find these titles valuable. This is a 24-volume series, so educators who don't plan to teach the writing skills covered in these books may want to check out the other titles.-Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
This book teaches readers how to plan and write fractured fairy tales. They will discover what a fractured fairy tale is, how to prepare a plot outline, develop characters, revise and edit the story, and write a final draft of the narrative. A variety of activities provide hints and tips along the way to support the development of characters, clear event sequences, plot elements, and the overall creative writing process.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1What Is a Fractured Fairy Tale?p. 4
Chapter 2Getting Startedp. 6
Chapter 3Mix and Matchp. 10
Chapter 4Get Ready to Writep. 14
Chapter 5Putting It Togetherp. 18
Glossaryp. 22
For More Informationp. 23
Indexp. 24
About the Authorp. 24
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