Saturday, December 27, 2008
A Grimm assignment
My final project for the personal hell that is Learning Theory, Media and the Curriculum is surprisingly not painful (or as painless as a giant homework assignment can really be). Since I pretend actual school librarians read this blog, I'm going to briefly describe it in case anyone's interested in using it. Before that, I'm going to post some EXCITING news. The next Sisters Grimm book, The Everafter War is set to come out in May of 2009!!!! Look to the left to get a sneak peak at the cover.
In short, my unit consists of fifth graders reading one of my favoritest books ever, The Sisters Grimm: Fairytale Detectives by Micheal Buckley. After having book discussions with their primary teacher (or reading teacher if the school is into that), students come to the school library to research some of the fairytale characters featured in Buckley's work to compare and contrast their representations in his work and their more traditional roles. They will also be encouraged to check out some nontraditional depictions too (such as Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs). The characters selected for the character study are: the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, Prince Charming, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and the Giant (also of beanstalk fame). The findings will go on a graphic organizer created for the unit and make a poster out of them after all the data is collected. I'm stuck on the work computer, so I can't publish the organizer as of yet. Look for the edit if you're interested.
The last portion of the unit also takes place in the library. Students are reminded of basic story elements like plot, theme, setting, blah blah blah. Then they are asked to write up short stories of their own (1-2 pages typed) that include two fictional characters from different works. They may include more, but one character must be a protagonist and the other has to be an antagonist from another work than the first character. So no Harry Potter and Voldemort mashups. The premise of the stories revolves around the students suddenly finding out these fictional characters are more than literary figures, they exist in real life. Lastly, the students booktalk their short stories to one another in the library.
Interested in using the Sisters Grimm in a lesson plan but think my idea stinks? No matter, you can always check out the resources provided by the publishing company on the official site!