Tuesday, February 17, 2009

E-School Topic: Fractured Fairy Tales--First Grade Style

10-second review: First-grade students re-write fairy tales in their own way. The results are sometimes hilarious and amazingly logical.

Title: “First Graders and Fairy Tales: One Teacher’s Action Research of Critical Literacy.” RT Burke. The Reading Teacher (December 2008/January 2009), 304-312. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: One example of children’s re-writing a fairy tale: The king kisses Sleeping Beauty and she doesn’t want him to because she would rather sleep and so they argue ever after. The students begin to think about other possibilities because the teacher asked “Why?” questions as he read aloud to them. Asked the students to view the story from the point of view of different characters.

Comment: The teacher’s “why?” questions led to the students’ viewing the story from a different point of view. Critical thinking in the first grade. Interesting article. RayS.

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