What would happen if there were three little fish and a big bad shark? What if Jack found a beet root? What if the story was told from the wolf’s point of view?
These are examples of fractured fairy tales. At Harrisburg Academy, the 2nd grade classes study traditional literature — reading and learning about the elements of a fairy tale, fable, and folktale. The culminating activity for this unit is to write their own fractured fairy tale, fable, or folktale. The students shared their writings with their visitors on Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Oct. 23. They also used simple props to help enhance the reading of their story to classmates.
Could you ever imagine Jack and the Beanstalk going underground? Rece M. ’26 titled his story “Jack and the Beet Root.“
Sophie L. ’26 took a different approach to “The Three Little Pigs,“ and decided to change the characters in her fractured fairy tale. Her story was titled “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.”
Feel free to visit the Lower School hallway and read our traditional stories and fractured fairy tales for yourself!
*This blog was co-written by Jean McIver and Robyn Cutchall, 2nd grade teachers.