Write A "Fractured" Fairy Tale
What is a "fractured" fairytale?
A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses fairy tales you know
and then changes the characters, the setting, points of view, or plots.
Select one fairy tale and write your own "fractured" fairy tale. You need to change the point of view for your fairy tale. Rewrite the fairy tale from another character's point of view.
Step 1: Choose your Fairy Tale
Read some traditional fairy tales and choose one that you will "fracture". You can choose a favorite from childhood or one that you have never heard before. Here are some websites where you can read traditional fairy tales. I also have hard copy fairy tale books that you may choose from as well.
Storynory Fairy Tales
A Book of Fairy Tales
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Classic Fairy Tales
SurLaLune Fairy Tales
While deciding which fairy tale you would like to "fracture", remember that you must change the story's point of view. For instance, did you ever think how the witch felt having two bratty kids nibbling on her newly decorated gingerbread house? Or how about how the Giant felt when Jack stole his hen that laid golden eggs?
Step 2: Pre-writing/Planning
Once you choose your fairy tale, plan the plot of the story and consider the following questions.
* What is the setting of the traditional story? What is the setting of my "fractured" fairy tale?
* How am I going to change the point of view of the original story?
* How will I change the characters in my fractured fairy tale?
* What is the problem in our story? What is the solution?
* How can we make our story funny? (optional)
There are many ways that you can "fracture" a fairy tale! You have a lot of choice here. Remember that the only requirement you have is that you must change the point of view of the story. Here are some other ways you can "fracture" your tale.
* Change the main character.
* Change the setting (time or place)
* Tell the story from a different character's point of view.
* Make the problem of the story different.
* Change an important item in the story (for example, the glass slipper in Cinderella)
* Change the ending of the story (maybe they don't live "happily ever after" after all!)
We have read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf ("fractured" fairy tale) and I have provided an example as well. You can read other "fractured" fairy tales in the books that I have provided and on these following websites:
Fractured Fairy Tales
Sample Fractured Fairy Tales
How would the Daily Wolf cover the story of Little Red Riding Hood?
How would Cinderella's stepsisters tell her famous story?
How would Snow White's stepmother explain what happened to her?
Step 3: Write your own "fractured" fairy tale!
Your "fractured" fairy tale must meet the following requirements:
Your fractured fairy tale must change from the original version, but the overall "flavor" of the story must be similar: it must be clear to the reader what fairy tale was "fractured".
The point of view of your "fractured" fairy tale must be changed from the original version.
As you write your "fractured" fairy tale, go to the evaluation page and check the rubric to make sure you have met all of the requirements.
Optional: You can add visuals if you would like to enhance your story! Only do this once you finish your writing.