The objective of this lesson is for students to participate in a new trend in popular culture by taking a classic fairy tale and reinventing it.
Fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan allow children to dream and imagine how things would be if they had a Fairy Godmother or were able to fly to Never Land. As we get older, we realize these stories are just fairy tales. However, shows like Once Upon a Time and movies like Happily Ever After, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Jack, The Giant Slayer have taken traditional fairy tales and reinvented them to appeal to older audiences.
In this lesson, students will follow the current trend of revising traditional fairy tales to create their own new “Once upon a time…”
Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.
1. Students should watch the videos above. Students should then discuss what elements make a story a fairy tale.