Fairy Tales in the Classroom
The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess, Princess of the Wild Swans, and Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters can be used in many ways in the classroom and as recommended reading for free reading time. They address a number of Common Core Anchor Standards, including the following reading standards:
- R.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.
- R.2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
- R.3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
- R.4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
- R.5. Analyze the structure of texts.
- R.6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
- R.9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
You can also use the books as a springboard for writing assignments in which students analyze the stories, compare versions of the tales, or create their own fairy tales. These assignments correspond to the following Common Core Anchor Standards in writing:
- W.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
- W.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- W.5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
- W.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
You can access Reader’s Guides for The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess, Princess of the Wild Swans, and Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters with activities and questions that are correlated to CCSS Anchor Standards below.
The Thirteenth Princess has a lexile of 850. A True Princess‘s lexile is 790, and Princess of the Wild Swans has a lexile of 880.
My nonfiction titles, The Black Death and Than Shwe’s Burma, are great for addressing the Common Core requirements for reading informational text. Teachers can use them to address any of the informational text reading standards and as a springboard for writing assignments that focus on the writing standards. The lexile for The Black Death is 1150.