We revisited the prompt - yes, it is multi-faceted, just like fairy tales themselves.
You worked on planning. How can you incorporate the work you've already done?
I chatted with each of you as I initialed your fairy tale choices
HW - Have a plan. We are typing the first draft tomorrow.
Essay returns and modelling how to organize this essay...
We played with this rather complex, mulch-faceted prompt today, and I modeled planning it on the board.
HW - none (as long as you know what your 5 fairy tales will be)
A free-write and outlining your essays.
HW - get your essay outlined (include the work you've already done on your essay #1 if you can)
You will turn your homework in with the essay, so not to worry.
Essay prompt is here
In service of really grasping what we are going for in this essay, we looked at three things:
1. Shrek - the anti-hero
We considered how the tale was the story of the oppressed gaining victory over oppressor.
We looked at the hero--an Ogre (formerly villain), trying to overcome stereotypes--yet still performing a quest, rescuing a princess.
We touched briefly on the idea of gendered expectations and how Shrek mocks those.
We also looked at the criticism of the trite, over-told fairy tale plot, and how that plot is fractured in order to make a point that is in keeping with the values of today: accepting the individual, regardless of looks.
2. Jack and the Beanstalk / Jack the Giant Killer
The immoral hero, a relic of the Vikings, kills a nasty Ogre/Giant, and steals his stuff.
- he is also naive, gullible yet irrationally hopeful, strong and fearless/audacious
3. Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack rights the wrongs of his ancestor: the Ogre/Giant turns out to be a good guy, and Jack was really a thief, whose immoral act causes terrible things to happen to another world.
Humanist view imposed on a fairy tale.
Focus on the values of justice, the process of law, responsibility for the acts of ancestors, and the necessity of paying for past wrongs.
HW - None
The Paper Bag Princess
Modern day vs. Old Times - what are the qualities of this heroine?
The Paper Bag Princess PPT
Starting with the individual hero, we will then move to the general ideas about heroes. You will do this with your topics as well. Deal?
Your task is to not simplify these tales into a maxim such as "the good get punished," but rather to understand how the hopes, fears, ideals, and values of people--especially the people who are the origin of the tales (long long ago, through the plague era), are reflected in the outcomes of fairy tales. Then, you should understand that those values change, and so we change the stories to fit the new values.
Here's a picture of the NOTES FROM CLASS
HW - List out what the characteristics are of the modern day versions of your tales--one collumn for women, one for men. Add anything else you feel is appropriate.
Today, you have no homework!
Phew - since I missed posting, somehow.
1. You had a CD quiz on Vasillisa the Beautiful
2. We chatted about Propp's paradigms
3. And we started meeting to figure out what these Folk Tales are trying to transmit about culture.
We did not get far, so we must actually seek further tomorrow.
Today, I'll check your homework.
Keeping the basic plot of a Fairy Tale in mind, we will do a 10 minute class write in response to a picture and caption.
We will look at all 31 parts of Propp's Paradigm.
We'll check out a Russian Folk Tale, "Vasillisa the Beautiful," keeping this in mind.
HW - Finish reading the folk tale, while locating the plot elements. Put a number by where they appear in the text. Remember, they won't happen in order. #14 happens immediately, remember? The doll?
Some will NOT BE PRESENT, or may happen differently. That's okay.
Nice job writing that essay folks.
HW - Your task for homework tonight is to look up at least one altered version of your Fairy Tale. You should be able to tell me what has changed, and why if you know.
Prompt: How to the elements of your Fairy Tale reflect a truth/truths related to human nature?
Example thesis statements:
1. The elements of (insert title of Fairy Tale here) lead people to question the nature of justice (or innocence, or ...)
2. In "Title Here," flat characters, dynamic circumstances, and magical elements are used to create hope for changing one's circumstances.
3. In "Title Here," the qualities of the flat characters and the plot development illustrate the expectations of society, and indicate what qualities are necessary in order for a person to achieve success.
HW - look up a symbolic number or object in your fairy tale.
The Week at a Glance
1. Homework assigned Monday: Choose a fairy tale that you are interested in. You may pick one from a book at home, or you may print one from a website. It cannot be a “new” telling of a classic, but must be as close to an original telling as possible. Because we will look for other tellings, I suggest you choose a fairly well-known tale--The Little Mermaid, for example. If you would like to use a folk tale and have something in mind (Seal Woman, for example), let me know.
Hans Christen Andersen fairy tales
East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Cinderella is one of these) (http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm021.html)
2. Tuesday: Bring a copy of it, or the original text to class. You will be working individually, or with other classmates to write summaries. Be sure to discover introduction, conflict, rising action, climax, and falling action. Don’t miss symbolism, character types, and the elements of the grotesque.
3. Wednesday: Figure out the underlying messages in the text: what possible lessons could have been intended? What does this story tell us about the beliefs or values of the people who wrote it? Begin organizing your information for an in-class write.
4. Thursday: You’ll be writing an in-class essay on this story—how it is told (elements of a Fairy Tale), and what its authors may have intended readers to learn—on Thursday.
5. Due Friday: You will need to find alternative versions of the story. How has it been told in later years? How has it been recounted in film? What part of the story has changed? Bring info on these to class.