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.