Unit Plan

The Fisherman and His Wife

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Engage conversation and explore the journey as you challenge young readers to interpret the german folktale, "The Fisherman and His Wife" written by literary brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class read text silently, then choral read to make sure all learners understood
  • Use highlighters to underline words or phrases that pupils do not understand
  • Individuals can write a letter to the flounder with their wishes, but they must include two reasons for each wish; this builds their sentence skills for paragraph writing
  • Compare and contrast by writing or discussing this adaptation of the story to other adaptations 
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider having a copy of "The Fisherman and His Wife" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm on hand, as well as other Grimm folk tales for young scholars to view or read
  • Make a copy of the resource text for every reader to write on and highlight
  • Have plenty of sticky notes for each pair of hands 
  • Set aside at least 45 minutes of your literacy block each day for a week to complete this task
  • Explicit detailed lesson to challenge higher-level thinking 
  • Resource includes all elements of English literacy 
  • Exposes learners to Grimm brothers literature
  • None