“After Ever After”: Analyzing Fairy Tales in the Modern World

In this lesson, students will use the YouTube sensation “After Ever After” as inspiration for writing their own realistic accounts of classic fairy tales and what might happen after their “happy endings.” They will incorporate research of current events to support their stories.


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Lesson Plan

Show your students the YouTube video "After Ever After" to spark a discussion. Ask them to identify the major world issues discussed in this video that Disney so conveniently ignored: Ariel (The Little Mermaid) would struggle to survive amongst over fishing and heavy pollution, Aladdin and Jasmine might face extreme racial profiling because of their Arab heritage, Belle's relationship with the beast would be frowned upon by those who do not support nontraditional relationships, and Pocahontas did in fact face the gruesome fate described in the YouTube video.

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Lesson tags: Creative Writing, Eighth, English, Ninth, Pop Culture, Seventh, Sixth, Social Studies, Tenth

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown Cassie Brown is an award-winning playwright and performer as well as an experienced educator. Cassie currently teaches enrichment classes in magic, model airplane building, and outdoor adventure skills. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development in addition to a Bachelor's in Film Studies with a minor in Education. Cassie honed her understanding of student-centered education while at Sesame Street, where she spent years learning the value of combining entertainment with education.