Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Fairy tales seem like quick, fun children's stories, but asking compelling questions about characters, plot elements, and literary themes can transform them into rich and complex tales. Use a series of eight lessons on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, including "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "Thumbelina," to explore these stories further.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign each fairy tale transcript to eight different groups; have them read the story, ask the questions, and perform one of the drama strategies listed on page 11
  • Use a tablet or other audio recording equipment for students to record themselves narrating a fairy tale
  • Challenge more advanced readers with additional activities for each lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The podcasts, which are audio retellings of the stories, are no longer available; however, the resource does include each transcript and teaching strategies for the fairy tales, making it worthwhile without the podcasts
  • The first 10 pages include literary framework links for speaking and listening, but you can start on page 11 for more applicable classroom strategies (fairy tale lessons begin on page 14)
  • Table of contents allows for straightforward navigation
  • Provides tips for implementation in each fairy tale lesson, as well as story backgrounds and synopses
  • Lists characters for easy dramatization
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